Tim Norfolk and Bob Locke began their careers in the music industry as The Startled Insects releasing 5 albums (3 on Island Records) and touring extensively with their own multi-media show. In 1996 they became known simply as The Insects and started co-writing for hot Bristol U.K. bands such as Massive Attack, for whom they wrote two hit songs for their "Protection" album - "Karma Coma" and "Euro Child." They co-wrote and arranged The Hunter Gets Captured by The Game as featured on the "Batman Forever" soundtrack and "I Want You" for Madonna's "Bedtime Stories."
The Insects got their start as film and television composers in Bristol writing Natural History programmes for the BBC, and began to receive commissions to write music for other documentary specials, including several National Geographic Specials. One of these, Life at the Edge, won them the Emmy Award for Best Score. Finding themselves in demand, work of all sorts poured in. By 1997, The Insects had written music for several documentaries, an animated feature film (Secret Aventures of Tom Thumb), many commercials, two CD-Roms and a feature film,Love and Death on Long Island, starring John Hurt and Jason Priestley. They also wrote music for Aardman Animations' Angry Kid. More recently they have written scores for XX / XY (starring Mark Ruffalo) and Owning Mahowny (featuring Phillip Seymour Hoffman & Minnie Driver). They’ve also received much critical acclaim for the work on the BBC series “Wire in the Blood," now in its second season.
As well as film and TV work, The Insects continue to write and produce for other artists. They have produced cult chanteuse Alison Moyet's newest and most critically acclaimed gold-selling album, "Hometime." Other assignments include the track "Human" as featured on the "Goldfrapp" album. In the pipeline is an Insects album. They are signed to Bug Music worldwide for publishing.