Composer Talk brings you indepth interviews with film music composers about their latest projects, but also about their career and how it all started. We've done over a 100 interviews with Hollywood's biggest composers and as well with upcoming talents.
Interview John Debney
17 minutes - Recorded by Tim Horemans on 2016-03-04
John Debney is an Academy award nominated composer of filmmusic who was distined for a career in Hollywood. As the son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney, John grew up in nearby Glendale, where he began guitar lessons at age six and played in rock bands in college. He began scoring Motion Picture projects as diverse as Star Trek: The Next Generation, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and Sea Quest DSV, for which he won an Emmy for Best Main Title. In 1993 he secured his first studio feature film, the Disney comedy Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler. From there on he wrote music to films such as The Princess Diary 1 & 2, Cutthroat Island, The Passion of the Christ, Iron Man 2, Draft Day, The Spongebob Movie and many more. Recently he wrote the score to The Young Messiah and the upcoming Disney film The Jungle Book.
Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, is a Grammy nominated and multi platinum producer, musician, and composer whose versatility puts him on the cutting edge of contemporary music, as well as in the vanguard of exciting new film composers. The foundation for this new career was laid in his native Holland where he created multiple film scores. Later he continued to grow under mentor ships of celebrated composers like Harry Gregson Williams (on “Domino” and “Kingdom of Heaven”) and Klaus Badelt (on “Catwoman”). But things really started to fall into place when Tom started collaborating with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer. As a solo composer he has worked on films such as 300: Rise of an Empire, Divergent, Run All Night and Mad Max: Fury Road. His latest score is Black Mass for director Scott Cooper.
Interview Lorne Balfe
21 minutes - Recorded by Tim Horemans on 2015-06-27
Lorne Balfe is a Grammy-winning, Emmy and BAFTA nominated film composer from Inverness, Scotland. His recent credits include DreamWorks Animation’s “Home” starring Rihanna, Jim Parsons and Steve Martin, DreamWorks Animation’s “The Penguins of Madagascar” and “Manny,” a documentary about the life of boxer Manny Pacquiao, which premiered at SXSW. Other composing credits include DreamWorks Animation’s “Megamind” and Ubisoft’s acclaimed game, “Assassin’s Creed III.” Balfe is currently scoring the Paramount Pictures thriller “Captive” starring David Oyelowo and Kate Mara, releasing September 18, 2015. He also currently co-scores the hit NBC mini-series “A.D.: The Bible Continues” with Oscar® and Grammy-winning composer Hans Zimmer. In this interview he talks about his scores to Terminator Genisys, Home and Penguins of Madagascar. About working on video games and about working with Hans Zimmer.