Tag: Tips

Hans Zimmer’s Journey to the Line: Asymmetry and The Forbidden Cue

In pop music, most phrases come in groups of 2 or 4 which, in turn, are 4 or 8 bars in length. The utter predictability of this often lends a...

/ 16th April 2016

Tips for young composers from Tom Holkenborg a.k.a. Junkie XL (Mad Max, Black Mass, Batman v Superman)

In my interview with Tom Holkenborg a.k.a. Junkie XL about his score for Black Mass, he shared some experiences he made in the industry while making his way from being a producer...

/ 13th April 2016

Ways into game scoring: How Atlas Plug kick-started Tom Salta’s career

Celldweller and Atlas Plug recently teamed up to score Killer Instinct: Season 3.  A good reason to let the artist behind Atlas Plug, MTV VMA nominated composer Tom Salta, explain to you...

/ 10th March 2016

BAFTA winner Jason Graves: Tips for young composers

I recently got the chance to speak with 2-time BAFTA award winning composer Jason Graves about his score for Until Dawn. Apart from many details about how he tackled a game...

/ 23rd December 2015

Tips for young composers from Austin Wintory

When I recently spoke with composer Austin Wintory about his score for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate he mentioned several things he believes are important to keep in mind as a young and aspiring composer. Here’s...

/ 13th December 2015

Music is a language: Tips from Inon Zur for young artists

In addition to our extensive article on Inon Zur’s new album ‘Age of Sirens’ we wanted to share his thoughts on what he believes is important for young composers to...

/ 16th August 2015

Marcelo Zarvos: Tips for young composers

Following on from last week, when I interviewed Brazilian Composer Marcelo Zarvos, it became apparent that there were so many valuable pieces of advice that he gave, that would help...

/ 6th July 2015

The way into Film & TV: ASCAP’s Nancy Knutsen’s tips for young composers

We had the honour of asking Nancy Knutsen from ASCAP some questions about how young composers can make their entry into the film and TV industry, especially in the US. In...

/ 20th May 2015

Award-winning composers’ tips for aspiring newcomers (Hans Zimmer, Patrick Doyle, Johan Söderqvist, Dario Marianelli)

Visiting the Krakow Film Music Festival end of last month we were lucky hearing many legendary composers talking about their movies and lives. Part of it were tips for up...

/ 8th October 2014

The 5 best ways to get and keep a job as a Hollywood Composer Assistant (or anything else)

Over the years, I have hired several dozen full-time employees and hundreds of musicians, singers, engineers, and other session personnel. Here is a list of principles to consider when job-seeking...

/ 20th October 2013

Why Hans Zimmer Got The Job You Wanted (And You Didn’t)

I worked for Hans Zimmer for about 8 years, 5 of which were in a studio at Remote Control, his facility in Santa Monica. Since leaving Remote, many people have...

/ 12th July 2013