Interviews

Here you will find the latest interviews. If you're searching for older interviews then please visit the Archives.

Composer Interview: Fil Eisler

posted Mar 25, 2017, 9:48 AM by Kaya Savas

Composer Fil Eisler takes some time to discuss two of his recent projects with CHiPs and Newtown. Fil talks about his unique path to film composing and how his love of playing in bands meshed with orchestral music. We dive into Newtown which revolves around the Sandy Hook tragedy. Fil discusses the role of documentary filmmaking and how it can help start a conversation about an important subject such as gun control. We also discuss CHiPs and how Fil worked with director Dax Shephard to create a score with both band elements and orchestral action. The whole goal of CHiPs was to stay away from the conventional "studio rock" sound that is in modern R-rated comedies these days. Fil is one of our favorite guests and it was so great to have him back to catch up on his recent projects.

Interview Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Fil Eisler
Jason Kim
Allie Bloxberg
CW3PR

Composer Interview: Fil Eisler


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Jeff Rona: All Access - Episode 2

posted Mar 17, 2017, 9:39 AM by Kaya Savas

Jeff Rona returns to join us once again on another episode of All Access. We visit Jeff at his studio to discuss his newest score to the film Veeram, an Indian film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Jeff walks us through the journey of scoring a major Indian blockbuster and why they sought out an American composer for the film. Jeff walks us through some of the score including the thematic structure as well as how 3 versions of the score exist since the film was shot in 3 languages, shot not dubbed. Beyond that we discuss some broader subjects such as working with directors and navigating working relationships with all the different personalities out there. Jeff also shares his love for world instruments and how he utilizes certain sounds in his music. Also hear how Jeff learned some basic scoring fundamentals early in his career when he visited his friend who happened to be scoring hardcore porn at the time. Jeff is a treasure trove of amazing insight and fun conversation and it was an honor to have him back on as a guest.

Interview Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Jeff Rona
Kelly Seal
Cody Johnson

All Access: Jeff Rona - Episode 2



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All Access: Klaus Badelt

posted Mar 1, 2017, 9:40 AM by Kaya Savas

On this episode of All Access we are incredibly honored to be welcoming Klaus Badelt. Klaus quickly rose to prominence while working under great composers such as Hans Zimmer and Michael Kamen. Hear Klaus share what led him to pursue film music as a career, and stories from some of his most beloved scores. We dive into such scores as Ned Kelly, The Time Machine, Beat The Drum, Invincible, The Pledge, Rescue Dawn and Pirates Of The Caribbean. Klaus shares details about the hectic journey of working on the first Pirates Of The Caribbean, what Werner Herzog is like as a director, living in China to compose The Promise and the 2008 Olympics Closing Ceremony, the bizarre experience of working on Basic with John McTiernan, and the approach he took on his newest score to The Warrior’s Gate. Klaus has built an amazing career and has always continually pursued new opportunities that appealed to him, from composing for French cinema to starting his own tech company with Kinonation. Klaus' current focus is with his company Kinonation where he is solving the issue of worldwide distribution by letting content makers keep ownership of their content while getting it front of a wide audience via top streaming companies such as Amazon, Hulu and Netflix for no cost. We hope you enjoy this fantastic discussion with the kind, passionate and talented Klaus Badelt.

Interview Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Klaus Badelt

All Access: Klaus Badelt



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Visit kinonation.com to learn more about Klaus' company and see how you can distribute your own content worldwide.

Composer Interview: Jacob Shea & Jasha Klebe

posted Feb 28, 2017, 9:08 AM by Kaya Savas

Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe are two composers who have produced exemplary work early on in their careers. Both Jacob and Jasha got their starts working with some of the most notable composers working today including Steve Jablonsky, Lorne Balfe and of course Hans Zimmer. The two of them found themselves working together when BBC Earth came knocking on the doors of Bleeding Fingers Music with their new show Planet Earth II. Hear Jacob and Jasha share their backgrounds and paths to film composing, and hear them discuss their approach to scoring Planet Earth II. They talk about the Bleeding Fingers Music model and how it has become a new platform for composers to become attached to some amazing projects. Go in-depth into how they split scoring duties on Planet Earth II, and the approach they took to scoring a massive TV nature documentary series. Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe have already carved their own paths as musical storytellers early in their career, and Planet Earth II further demonstrates their talents. This interview shines a light on two emerging talents who without a doubt have many more stories to tell.

Interview Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Jacob Shea
Jasha Klebe
Chandler Poling
Adrianna Perez
White Bear PR

Composer Interview: Jacob Shea & Jasha Klebe


Visit bleedingfingersmusic.com for more!

Composer Interview: Justin Freer

posted Feb 28, 2017, 9:01 AM by Kaya Savas

Composer and producer Justin Freer has turned his passion and love for film music and channeled it into one of the premiere companies dedicated to live film music concerts in the world. As a co-founder of CineConcerts, Justin discusses what pursued him to focus his passion into bringing some of the most beloved and respected scores of all time to venues around the world. We discuss the challenges of adapting a score to be performed live to picture in its entirety. Justin shares some insights into how he keeps the orchestra perfectly in sync to picture and how they adapt certain scores that may utilize synth sounds. We also discuss the importance of film music concerts and why he believes there’s been a sudden surge of interest in live to picture concerts around the world. Justin is one of the brightest and most passionate people you’ll hear speak, and his work in bringing classic scores to a modern audience is something that continues to be cherished by audiences worldwide.

Interview Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Justin Freer
Andrew P. Alderete
CineConcerts

Photo Credit: Jordan August

Composer Interview: Justin Freer


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Composer Interview: Lesley Barber

posted Feb 21, 2017, 11:21 AM by Kaya Savas

Composer Lesley Barber takes some time to share her journey to becoming a composer and some insights into her process. Lesley's talents and versatility have brought us memorable scores to films such as Hysterical Blindness, Mansfield Park, You Can Count On Me, and recently the critically-acclaimed Manchester By The Sea. We chat about her process for Manchester By The Sea including reconnecting with writer/director Kenneth Lonergan for their second film together. Lesley explains how she came up with the inspiration to utilize vocals in her score, and how she navigated a heavy subject matter as well as source music. Lesley also gives her views on her score being rejected from Oscar consideration due to the use of classical pieces in the film. Lesley's unique style and strong talents as a musical storyteller make this a fun and fascinating interview for all.

Interview Produced & Presented By: 
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Lesley Barber
Chandler Poling
Adrianna Perez
White Bear PR

Composer Interview: Lesley Barber


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All Access: Mark Mancina

posted Feb 13, 2017, 9:38 AM by Kaya Savas

On this episode of All Access we are joined by composer Mark Mancina whose career has given us some of the most iconic scores of our generation. Mark takes us through his path to becoming a composer as well as his approach to some of his most memorable scores. We discuss Speed and how Mark worked with director Jan de Bont to craft the now iconic action score. Hear the stories behind some of his other scores such as Bad Boys, Twister, Con Air, Moll Flanders, Blood+, August Rush, Planes and Moana. Mark also shares why working with Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay was a challenge, and why he decided to walk away from Bad Boys II. Also hear Mark talk about the challenges of bringing The Lion King to life as a musical. Mark's career has given us some amazing scores that spanned across so many genres, and each of them special in their own way. Enjoy this fascinating and fun interview with one of the most respected and influential composers in the industry.

Interview Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Mark Mancina
Marlon Espino

All Access: Mark Mancina



Visit mancinamusic.com for more!

All Access: Henry Jackman

posted Jan 31, 2017, 8:14 AM by Kaya Savas

Henry Jackman returns as a guest on Film.Music.Media, this time for an All Access interview that takes us through his entire career including his approach for Kong: Skull Island. Hear how Henry found his path to becoming a film composer by finding a passion in traditional classical music as well as hard electronic rave music in Europe. Henry talks about his time working in pop music and how Hans Zimmer ended up convincing him to move to Los Angeles and pursue film composing. We cover a variety of topics including how to work with demanding directors like Paul Greengrass, where the first note comes from, dealing with criticism, composing for Disney and Marvel, and much more. So pour a glass of Scotch and enjoy the fine charm and humor of the great Henry Jackman.

Interview Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Henry Jackman
Matt Justmann
Ray Costa
Andrew P. Alderete
Costa Communications

All Access: Henry Jackman


All Access: Dominic Lewis - Episode 2

posted Jan 9, 2017, 3:24 PM by Kaya Savas

It's 10pm at Remote Control Productions, the clock is ticking, and composer Dominic Lewis has to make the finishing touches on his score for The Man In The High Castle: Season 2. Join us on this episode of All Access where we take a completely different approach by simply watching Dom work his magic. Get an amazing and unprecedented look as we sit down next to Dom in the final hours before the score is delivered, and get a first-hand look at the mammoth undertaking of writing a score for a rich and detailed TV series like The Man In The High Castle. Dom plays host and will entertain you with his charm and wit as he goes through his thought process and workflows in an All Access episode that is sure to delight and educate in equal measure.

Interview Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Special Thanks:
Dominic Lewis
Daniel Futcher

All Access: Dominic Lewis - Episode 2

All Access: John Hawkes

posted Jan 2, 2017, 4:52 PM by Kaya Savas

In this very special episode of All Access we sit down with Oscar-nominated actor and musician John Hawkes. John is mostly known for his work as one of the finest character actors of his generation, but his passions and talents reach beyond film as music has been part of his life from his youth up till now. We sit down and explore John's path to acting and music. John goes into amazing detail about his acting methods and approaches to some of his most memorable roles. John discusses his latest film, Too Late which was shot on 35mm and filmed in five 20-minute single takes. John also wrote the original song "Down With Mary", which his character sings in the film. Listen to John share stories like acting with Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone, the approach to doing nude scenes with Helen Hunt in The Sessions, and performing in his band Rodney & John. So, sit back and relax as we examine the craft of acting and songwriting with the one and only John Hawkes.

Interview Produced & Presented By:
Kaya Savas

Production Company: Vanishing Angle (www.vanishingangle.com)
Producer: Matt Miller
Director Of Photography: Kelly King
Camera Operator: Tory Harder
Editor: Tory Harder

Special Thanks:
John Hawkes
Ray Costa
Andrew P. Alderete
Costa Communications
Vanishing Angle

All Access: John Hawkes


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