Navíd (pronounced: Nah-veed) Lancaster is a musician/producer and the owner of LANCAST, an independent company that creates music, soundtracks, jingles and commercials. He is also an audio and video editor.
During his twelve (12) year career he has built an impressive portfolio ranging from assisting with the recording of Mungal Patasar’s album “Live at the Little Carib Theatre”, creating Soca Plate remixes for the Soca Twins (Germany) to producing his own albums and soundtracks. He has also created many radio commercials, co-created programs for the Ministry of Information and produced commercials on behalf of the Ministry of Health and other Governmental agencies.
Before starting his independent company (LANCAST) in 2007, Navíd has worked and trained in various studios most notably KMP Music Lab in 2001 and Suresound Recording Studios for six years. From 2009 to 2012 he also worked as a Sound Engineer Officer/Media Archive Producer at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (N.A.P.A).
He has composed the soundtrack for the Steven Taylor film 'Buck - The Man Spirit' which won the BPTT People’s Choice Award for Best Short at the 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. He has also composed the soundtrack and trailer music for the 2013 film ‘Jab In The Dark’ which also won the People’s Choice Award that year. He was also served as the Sound Designer/Music Editor for the full length documentary 'Re-Percussions. Pan: Our African Odyssey' which won Best Documentary at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2015.
He is also a member of the Bahá’í Faith.
A lover of the Japanese language, he also spent two years in the Center of Language Learning in the University of the West Indies (UWI).
He was the co-founder/guitarist of the band Broken Mirrorz that, during their twelve year run, played what they called ‘Trini Progressive’ music.
Navíd is also a member of the Copyright Music Organization of Trinidad and Tobago (C.O.T.T), a holder of the Certificate of Recognition of Caribbean Community Skills Qualification (C.S.M.E.) and EDEXCEL BTEC HND in Media and Communications. He also holds a BA (Hons) First Class in Media and Communications from the University of Greenwich, England. He also holds an MA in New Media and Society from the University of Leicester, England
Name: Navid Lancaster
Lives in: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Company: LANCAST Ltd
Occupation: Music Composer
Unique traits: Japanese tattoo on left shoulder.
'Re-Percussions. Pan: Our African Odyssey'.
Music Music Editor / Sound Design Re-Percussions: Our African Odyssey is the story of the steelpan, which evolved from the drum, which African slaves brought, and is today a completely different orchestral instrument. It was taken by Trinidadians to the Festival of Black Arts in 1977, held in Lagos, Nigeria, when it enthralled a young boy, Bowie Sonie Bowei. He never forgot and 25 years later Bowie has dedicated his lift to propagating the steelpan in Nigeria. But it's not so easy: first he has to learn the difficult craft of making the instrument, and then penetrate the indifference of the society. The solution he opts for is to target the children, but can he succeed?
Jab In The Dark
Music by Macfarlane Film (Thriller) Composer The discovery of a secret diary draws a drug addicted security guard into a world of demons and a struggle for inner redemption.
Buck - The Man Spirit
Music by Steven Taylor (Thriller) Composer A rural taxi driver sets aside his reluctance to adopt a Guyanese Baccoo (BUCK) for the sake of saving his failing domestic relationship. This gamble takes a turn for the worse when death knocks at his door
Buck the Man Spirit
Film (Short and Thriller) Composer A rural taxi driver sets aside his reluctance to adopt a Guyanese Baccoo (BUCK) for the sake of saving his failing domestic relationship. This gamble takes a turn for the worse when death knocks at his door.
'Re-Percussions. Pan: Our African Odyssey'. Winner of Best Documentary at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2015
'Jab In The Dark'. Winner of People's Choice for Best Short at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. 2013
'Buck - The Man Spirit' won the BPTT People's Choice Award at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2012
University of Leicester
University of Greenwich
School of Business and Computer Science (S.B.C.S.)