About Levi Patel

New Zealand’s Levi Patel is finding his standing as one of the country's most promising composers and producers, crafting musical pieces that delicately reflect an emotional intensity that is both gentle and captivating.

Levi has a fascination with sound and the production process, which has encouraged him to pave his own compositional path. His passion for arrangement echoes throughout the diversity of his work. From intimate, solo piano to expansive and climactic soundscapes formed of layered voices and strings, Levi’s music has an encapsulating quality that speaks across his releases.

His journey properly took flight in 2014 with his EP Forms. This was closely followed by second EP Of Sleep and Time, home to much-loved composition As she passes, which has received over 15 million streams worldwide. He released his debut full-length album Affinity in 2017, and followed with the 13-track album A Shifting Lightness in 2020 to further positive reception.

In recent years, Patel has composed for international films including short film It’s Snowing Outside, written and directed by Lucasfilm producer Rayne Roberts. They completed the work at Skywalker Ranch with Academy Award winner André Fenley (Fight Club, Jurassic Park) and his team. Levi has also featured on fellow NZ composer Rhian Sheehan’s album A Quiet Divide, and produced and co-written gentle pop songs for artists such as Alayna.

Levi is now drawing on his engineering background to develop a unique robotic instrument, first premiered in New York City, while continuing to craft new solo music, collaborations, and soundtracks from his coastal studio.

Levi Patel portrait photograph


Film Highlights

  • Writing to Reach You documentary (2021, KR) - sound designer and mix engineer
  • Firsts short film (2021, NZ) - music composer
  • It's Snowing Outside short film (2019, US) - music composer
  • In My Absence short film (2019, NZ) - music composer with Gala Morris
  • Breaking and Entering short film (2018, NZ) - music composer
  • Crossroads feature documentary (2018, KR) - music composer and sound designer
  • This Island is Ours feature documentary (2016, KR) - music composer and sound designer
  • Last Letters short documentary (2016, KR) - music composer and sound designer

Collaboration Highlights

Commercial Clients

  • Hilton Hotels & Resorts (Int), Hankook Tire (Korea), Match.com (US), Les Mills (Int), Auckland City Mission (NZ), Mother Earth (NZ), Cavalier Bremworth (NZ), Underwood International College (Korea), University of Otago (NZ), Algonaut (NZ).