Nick Pittsinger, better known by his stage name Varien, is an American composer and producer. His styles range from industrial, electronic rock, and drum and bass to orchestral and Soundtrack music. He is a featured producer on the electronic labels Monstercat and FiXT, with songs like "Cloak and Dagger", "Throne of Ravens", and "Mirrors" reaching views in the millions. His music has been featured in media such as 300: Rise of an Empire, The Purge: Anarchy, The Real World, and more. Other non-composing accomplishments of his include helping develop multiple sample libraries for 8dio Productions, led by composer Troels Folmann and providing music production tutorials on YouTube, which have grossed over 1,000,000 plays total. Other past monikers of his include Shamantis and Halo Nova.
In August 2010, Nick achieved internet virality with his slowed-down remix of Justin Bieber's song "U Smile" entitled "Justin Bieber 800% Slowed Down". He was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly, MTV, and had articles written about the track from all over the world.
In December 2011, Nick was hired by dubstep producer Skrillex to do an orchestral suite of his most popular songs. In this suite, the songs "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites", "All I Ask Of You", "Scatta" and "Equinox" were re-arranged into an orchestral fashion. To date, the "Skrillex Orchestral Suite" has received over 3,000,000 views on YouTube.
Under his Varien moniker, Nick has remixed popular acts such as…