Taylor speaking with actor Jodie Whittaker at a fundraiser in 2014.
|Birth name||Mark Davison|
|Born||10 September 1983|
Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
|Genres||alternative rock, film score, electronic, dark ambient, classical, hip hop, Post-industrial, experimental music, ambient|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, songwriter, remixer, DJ , record producer, label owner|
|Instruments||Piano, synthesizers, music sequencer, trumpet, drum machine, bespoke electronics|
|Labels||Universal Music, EMI Music Publishing, Fairwood Music, Sony/ATV, Decca|
|Associated acts||Bat for Lashes, David Bowie, The New Mastersounds, Pulled Apart By Horses, The Hallé, Meshell Ndegeocello,  Temples, Ken Duro Ifill, CeeLo Green, Sami Yusuf|
Mark Davison, FRSA (born 10 September 1983), known professionally as Benson Taylor,  is an English composer, record producer, electronic musician and humanitarian  who is best known for producing music for film. His style of music has a British influence, often working a classic film score sound amongst electronics, and other musical settings.  
Taylor won the "Best Original Music" award at the 2014 Monaco International Film Festival. He scored and produced the music to Mathew Cullen's 2018 thriller adaptation of the Martin Amis novel, London Fields, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Amber Heard, Cara Delevingne, Theo James and Johnny Depp.   
He founded A Remarkable Idea in 2017, a sub label of Universal Music which is located in Santa Monica, California. Taylor has collaborated with artists for A Remarkable Idea, including Maxïmo Park and Kele Okereke, Bloc Party, Pulled Apart by Horses, Lack of Afro, Benoît Pioulard, Bo Ningen and The Halle orchestra.  
Taylor is an ambassador for the aid agency CAFOD, part of Caritas Internationalis,   and a goodwill ambassador for the Cambodian Children's Trust.  He is patron of the British charity, Music and the Deaf. In 2016, Taylor was appointed the first ambassador of the music conservatoire, Leeds College of Music in the United Kingdom. 
Born in Brontë Country, Bradford, and educated at Bradford Grammar School in the United Kingdom,  Taylor later studied composition at the University of California, Los Angeles. After UCLA in 2009, he mentored with American composer, Mark Mancina, and studied privately with orchestrator, Hummie Mann.  
Taylor began writing music at a young age whilst working as a radio producer, and before that at the British supermarket chain, Morrisons.  He later launched a studio in England and has since written scores for television shows broadcasting worldwide, including Two and a Half Men, 30 Rock, 90210, and The Big Bang Theory, as well as producing music for the Super Bowl between 2010 and 2014.  Taylor's music has been widely used across international advertising campaigns, including McDonald's in 2018,   Jose Cuervo's 2015  campaign and a collaboration in 2011 with CeeLo Green for the Las Vegas Tourist Board.  
In June 2013, music publishers Fairwood Music announced that they had added Taylor to their roster of artists which includes David Bowie, U2, Cat Stevens, The Average White Band, Bob Marley, and J.J. Cale. Taylor told British magazine Music Week, "I'm extremely humbled to join their roster, amongst some of the most recognised talents in the world. Here's hoping some of it will rub off on me!" In 2015 he collaborated with Fairwood artist Lulu on the album Making Life Rhyme which peaked at number 35 on the UK Albums Chart during the week starting 25 April 2015. The album was named after Taylor's title track.  
In 2016, Taylor wrote funk soundtracks for US talk shows, including, Late Night With Seth Meyers  and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He has twice contributed music to the Netflix produced series, Orange Is the New Black. Taylor's music has also appeared in the sixth series of Justified, the first series of How to Get Away with Murder, the second series of Ray Donovan, and in the 2015 Kroll Show.  
Taylor scored and produced the music to Mathew Cullen's thriller, London Fields in 2015, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Theo James, Cara Delevingne, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp. Due to legal problems between the director and producers, the film was not released until September 2018, three years after Taylor had finished the musical score.    As well as writing the musical score, Taylor collaborated with Toydrum and Bat for Lashes to cover Patsy Cline's " Walkin' After Midnight", and also with James Bagshaw from the British band Temples, covering " How Do You Sleep" from John Lennon's Imagine album. Both tracks were recorded specifically for the film.  
Taylor is a professional member of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.  He was styled as the "New Sound of Hollywood" by MovieScope magazine in its 24th issue in 2011. 
In 2017, Taylor founded A Remarkable Idea which is a music label based in Santa Monica in Los Angeles, and in London. The label produces music for film, television and video games. Taylor has collaborated with artists for A Remarkable Idea including the Mercury Prize-nominated Maxïmo Park and Kele Okereke of Bloc Party, Pulled Apart by Horses, Lack of Afro, MOBO winning Jazz quartet, Kairos 4Tet, Bo Ningen, Benoît Pioulard and The Halle orchestra.  Taylor previously ran his label, Insidious Music which is now defunct after being sold. 
The label has licensed music to television shows such as Grey's Anatomy, House, Revenge, Unusual Suspects, Breaking Bad, Masterchef, Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, White Collar, The Oprah Winfrey Show, 24 and NFL on Fox.
In March 2014, through his publishing company, Taylor licensed a large catalogue of musical works in partnership with Peter Gabriel's CueSongs, and a smaller subsidiary of the catalogue to the Japanese national broadcaster, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai. Taylor said in an interview with WQXR-FM that it was his intention for the catalogue to grow, and to further develop collaborations with artists around the world, specifically in the middle and far east.[ citation needed]
He frequently records with the British orchestra, The Hallé, and they regularly perform his works in concert.  As part of his commercial recordings in 2015, he developed a short term education programme for students.  
Taylor supports several charities globally,  including and was one of the founding committee members of the homeless charity Emmaus UK in Bradford, England. He is also a goodwill ambassador for the Cambodian Children's Trust in Battambang, which works towards freeing children from severe poverty, and alongside the Cambodian government to end orphan tourism.   Taylor is the patron of the charity, Music and the Deaf, based in Britain.
Alongside Sir Patrick Stewart, Lena Headey and Jodie Whittaker, in 2017, Taylor took part in a photography exhibition in Huddersfield raising awareness around the downgrading of services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. He spoke of his children being born there.  
Taylor is a known supporter of the NGO Médecins Sans Frontières, and the United Nations Refugee Agency,  producing music to support their awareness campaigns. He has worked alongside the World Food Programme for several years promoting zero hunger in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Cambodia, and on the African continent. In June 2018, he travelled to the Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in Uganda with the WFP to raise awareness for World Refugee Day. Whilst in Uganda, he worked alongside refugee musicians from South Sudan.   
He is an ambassador for the international aid agency for the catholic church, CAFOD,  working to raise global awareness and fight poverty and injustice in communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America. 
On 26 June 2018, Alzheimer's Research UK released an educational film produced by Aardman Animations. The film was narrated by Simon Pegg and the music was produced by Taylor. It went viral that morning after being shared by the actor Stephen Fry, former British prime minister, David Cameron, Jeff Bridges, Richard Branson, film director Ron Howard and actors Andy Serkis & Bryan Cranston.       
In 2014, Taylor became a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London, and in November 2016 was also honoured with an honorary degree from University of Bradford for his services to humanitarian causes.    
|2009||Hellbilly 58 ||Composer
|Russ Diaper||Sledge Films|
|2010||Cocaine Saints||Composer||Matt Reiker||Reiker Respect Entertainment|
|2014||Fear of Water||Composer||Kate Lane||KL Dream Pictures|
|2014||Dark House||Songwriter||Victor Salva||Charles Agron Productions|
|2014||The Perfect Dictatorship||Writer "Team Earth"||Luis Estrada||Bandidos Films|
|2018||London Fields||Composer||Mathew Cullen||
|2009/10||CSI: Deadly Intent ||Additional Music Composer||
CBS Television Network|
|2009||Football Manager 2010||Composer||Sports Interactive|
|2014||Fear of Water||Best Original Music||Monaco International Film Festival||Won|
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"Dementia affects so many families around the world, yet many people don't truly understand what it is. This film from @SimonPegg, @ARUKnews and @ricoheurope can help change this. Please watch and share #DementiaUncoveredhttps://youtu.be/M8eGS_VJ9Ms". External link in
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"One in three people born today will develop dementia. That's really shocking. We must support @ARUKnews and their research. Please watch and share this film they made with @ricoheurope and the wonderful @SimonPegg #DementiaUncovered http://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/dementiauncovered …pic.twitter.com/DvQ7hvtuOU". External link in
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