Song Zu Sydney drives sound design for the US launch of Nissan Z


Song Zu, the most awarded music and sound design company in the Australia and Asia Pacific region, announced today its involvement in the 2022 Nissan Z launch. Song Zu handled the sound design, composition and licencing, while creative and production was by the Spinifex Group, for the two films produced to showcase the new model in North America.


Motor enthusiasts around the world had been eagerly awaiting the launch of the seventh generation Nissan Z for months. However, due to challenges brought on by the pandemic, no large-scale unveiling could take place to reveal the car. Instead, two films were created to demonstrate the vehicle’s capabilities with Song Zu’s own former professional race car driver turned sound designer Simon Kane tasked with crafting a sound that accurately represents the sound of the car driving through suburban and urban streets.

Says Simon Kane, head of sound at Song Zu: “My approach was to bring to life the two personalities in the Nissan Z Escape spot; a car that you can drive to the shops or on the race track. I used softer sounds during the slower suburban scenes with the yellow car to make it feel more sophisticated, but at the same time playing Lindsay Jehan’s (Song Zu composer) music underneath to invoke an edginess that is telling you – there’s more than meets the eye. With the blue car, I used harsher, more aggressive engine sounds, cinematic impacts and fast cuts that let you know just how intense this car can be.”

Since the Nissan Z was unveiled on August 17, 2021 and the ads launched across multiple online verticals, the response from motor enthusiasts around the world has been overwhelmingly positive.

Song Zu was acquired by Songtradr, the world’s largest music licensing ecosystem, in March 2021. Song Zu works in all areas of sonic branding, including soundtracks for advertisements on TV and radio, online content, VR and installation spaces. With an unparalleled reputation for creative problem solving over the past 25 years, Song Zu continuously garners top awards including the Gold Clios, Cannes Gold Lions, London International Awards (LIA) for Best Music and Sound Design Company of the Year, and more.

Sound Designer: Simon Kane, Song Zu
Composer: Lindsay Jehan, Song Zu
Producer: Ian Lew, Song Zu
Agency: Spinifex Group, Los Angeles
Director: Damian Fulton
Producer: Donna Hampton