Paul Haslinger has become one of the most sought after composers in both television and film – but this didn’t happen without years of hard work and dedication to his craft. Haslinger first began to play music professionally in the eighties with the popular electronic music group Tangerine Dream. He toured extensively with the group throughout the late eighties and worked with them on music for films such as “Near Dark”, “Miracle Mile”, as well as the documentary film “Canyon Dreams”.
Jodie Foster left not a single detail out of her preparation to make her latest film, “Money Monster”, the absolute best that it could be. The film boasts an incredible cast of actors lead by George Clooney and Julia Roberts – which anyone knows is the perfect leading pair to make any film a hit. But Foster also put just as much thought and care in to the music for the film as she did the cast. She hand-picked film composer Dominic Lewis to take on the task of creating the perfect score for “Money Monster” – and he did. This comes as no surprise to anyone who is familiar with Lewis’ previous work.
While Justin Timberlake may be one of the most well known musicians in the business there are still many things that fans don’t know about him. From his time as a member of The Mickey Mouse Club to today his life has been full of ups and downs in trying to find his place in the entertainment industry. I have compiled a list of just some of the facts that fans may not know about his journey to where he is today.
John Legend’s compelling new series Underground has been steadily gaining in popularity after wrapping up its first season on WGN America. This pre-Civil War period drama focuses on the trials and stories surrounding those involved in the Underground Railroad in Antebellum, Georgia. Creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski have come together to share a story full of complicated characters and surprising twists. The story draws the audience in but it is the message behind the story that keeps viewers coming back for more.
If you are a rock and roll fan then you are not going to want to miss the rare opportunity of seeing Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, and Tesla while they are all on tour together this summer. Each of these bands on their own defines classic rock of the seventies and eighties. When you put them all together for one concert they create a show that is completely unforgettable. With around 123 years of combined experienced between all three bands you are truly watching masters at work once they take the stage.
For film composer Reza Safinia, music sparked a fire in his heart at a young age which quickly grew into a lifelong passion and successful career. As a boy he knew that whatever he decided to do with his life he wanted it to be in music. When he was old enough he began interning at a music studio and soon became an assistant before eventually becoming an engineer. It wasn’t long after when Safinia began producing his own work. He would go on to work as a record producer/engineer for some of the biggest names in music today such as Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears.
Prince was inarguably a man of many talents – a singer whose range impressed anyone who heard him. He was a highly skilled musician who had become proficient at playing a countless number of instruments. And those moves! The man could dance. Perhaps once of his lesser talked about skills dealt with his talent for unparalleled talent for writing music with a clear vision of how to use it to pull all of his other talents together to make something truly incredible. We all know his classic hits like “Purple Rain”, “1999”, and “When Doves Cry” but you may be surprised to know that Prince was behind some of your favorite songs that were performed by other artists.
Film composer Mark degli Antoni has achieved much in his musical career across a varied range of mediums. A highly skilled musician, degli Antoni has been able to hone his artistic side through several outlets including collaborations with other artists through writing and playing music, scoring music for film, as well as co-founding and playing keyboard for the band Soul Coughing, which had several classic hits in the nineties including “Circles” and “Super Bon Bon”. You may recognize more of Soul Coughing’s songs from movies like Tommy Boy and the hit television series The Sopranos.
Ian Hultquist has experienced a vast amount of success with his musical career as both a film composer and one of the founding members of the highly popular indie pop group Passion Pit. His love for music and particularly his interest in scoring for films began early on in his life, leading him to study film scoring at Berklee College of Music. It was during this time of Hultquist’s life when things really began to take shape. He not only met his wife and fellow composer, Sofia, while in college but he also began to experiment and find his own brand of style and sound with his music.
Dry Tavern’s Jared Beckett can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t consumed by music. Whether he was listening to artists spanning a variety of genres or playing and writing his own songs it has always been a major part of his life and who he is. Music is truly his passion. There came a time in Beckett’s life, though, when something else began to consume him – addiction.