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.
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.
What began as a group of high school kids playing and writing music has grown into a lifelong career for Toad The Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips. The group took off in the nineties and is still one of the most beloved bands from that era for many fans who continue listening to their music today. Phillips has not only continued touring with Toad the Wet Sprocket through the years but he has also established a successful career for himself as a solo artist.
Will Bates is one of those rare souls who declared very early on in his life what he wanted to do as a career and then went on to do just that – he grew up to be an award winning composer for film and television. What started out as an interest grew into a passion and blossomed into a fruitful career for this composer.
Identical twin harpists Camille and Kennerly Kitt, better known as the Harp Twins, are anything but ordinary. These two sisters have worked hard to get to where they are today and as a result they have become the two most well known harpists in the world. Camille and Kennerly compose, arrange, and perform harp duet covers ranging from classic rock favorites to popular themes from some of today’s most well loved shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. The two have released over fifty singles online and have three physical cover albums. They have also become well known for their extensive collection of music videos featuring their work (which you can enjoy on YouTube). Everything that they write and play is meticulously arranged and practiced to perfection. It is not hard to see why they continue to gain fans wherever they go.
The name Eerie Von has over time become synonymous with hardcore punk metal. You can’t think of bands like Danzig, The Misfits, Samhain, and Rosemary’s Babies without his name coming to mind. But if you think that he is “just” a musician then you would be wrong. His talent and versatility span across various forms of art including music, painting, drawing, and photography. He has at various times in his long career found ways to mix all of these talents together to make masterful pieces of work, both seen and heard. Eerie Von truly epitomizes the word “artist”.