Only In Dreams (cover)

Only In Dreams (cover)

I really enjoyed this song when I was growing up, so I thought I’d do my own version of it.  Originally recorded most of this in Japan and added vocals here.  Finally learned how to mix a little better and printed this for the INTERPET. Secret for you to know: I ONLY USED BASS & KEYS...
Benched on USA

Benched on USA

We started working on a hysterical new TV show at David Schwartz’ studio called Benched. The show was pretty edgey and at times required some serious heavy urban style score.  Early on, my friend Freddy Scott was called over to help us make the music sound legit.  This gave me some insight on to how TRAP music was made.  So many places to get TRAP sounds on the internet, I reached out to producer/composer friend Ludwig Goransson who produces Childish Gambino, and he suggested starting with some Lex Luger packs.  I’d link to those but I’m not sure where he keeps his stuff these days.  Whoops. Here’s the stuff I ended up doing for the show:   We were fortunate enough to have a music editor from MICDS on that ABC Family show, so my job as an assistant and mixer was easier because I didn’t have to run to the editing suites to make sure everyone was placing music in the right place.  Really sad the show didn’t last more than one season.  Hope to work with that same group again sometime.  It kinda felt like...
Under the Table

Under the Table

I scored my first short in early 2014 for film maker Grace McCleod.  The film premiered at the Tribeca film festival and went on to be featured on NPR as well as the Brooklyn film festival.  Exciting!  This was my first short in a long time, but incredibly gratifying. When I first scored the short, I just did what I thought would hit the comedy better, and wrote the following.  Turns out Grace was looking for something more along the lines of dark comedy, not satire.  But liked the upright bass and pizzicato strings.   Here are the unused tracks from the first...
2014: Year of Improvement

2014: Year of Improvement

I spent hours and hours refining my skills with software like Digital Performer, Ableton Live and Pro Tools during 2014 and wrote a ton of music.  Working with composer David Schwartz, I was given loads of feedback on what could make my music better.  My mixes got better, arrangements, bass parts, melodies, all thanks to the job at David’s studio.  This playlist includes music from the TV show Benched, some library music, a few commercials and an awful pop song I did with my best friend Dave...
Ghost writing!

Ghost writing!

I had a chance to audition some music for a TV show pilot as a ghost writer.  Had lots of fun making this, but kinda wished I could’ve hired a musician or two to play on it!  I’m playing everything on...
Brass, Steam, & Samurai

Brass, Steam, & Samurai

These pieces were done as a demo for a video game being created by some of my friends back in Tokyo.  Another composer also submitted some proper traditional Japanese sounding material, but I wanted to merge what I thought Steampunk sounded like with traditional Japan.  This was the result.  Hope the game comes to fruition in one form or...
Arrested Development – music for season 4

Arrested Development – music for season 4

So yes, I moved back to LA. My first gig back in the states has been working for composer David Schwartz. He, in many ways is very similar to me in his journey as a bass player moving towards becoming a composer for picture (minus Japan). I had been considering grad school as a possibility, but instead was able to bypass that process and learn more of what it is to be a TV/Film composer by assisting one. There were 15 episodes being made for Netflix, but sometimes one episode would have up to 60 cues in it!!! I couldn’t believe the workload.  Every once in awhile, I would offer to write something or be assigned a little part writing work. One cue was something with drums in 5/8 and I was called in and told to write some sort of bass part that fits with the drums.  I played something like 8 takes and was on the fence about all of them.  David moved the parts around and came up with an arrangement that fit the scene.  We then added Julian Coryell on guitar, Rick Baptist on trumpet and Phillip Krohnengold on keys/vibes. I was fortunate enough to get cowriting credit on this piece.  It’s featured in the very last episode of that Netflix season.  So lucky to have been a part of the Arrested Development music...
Mil Mascaras film soundtrack

Mil Mascaras film soundtrack

While I was in Tokyo, I was approached to score a film in which Mil Mascaras was starring.  This was a full feature film with more music than I had ever written for one project. I worked for months, but unfortunately, due to a number of unknown factors, this movie never made it out of the production company’s gates.  Here are a few cuts from my first proper soundtrack:  ...
New Album – Stillness

New Album – Stillness

Over the course of last fall in Tokyo, I was fortunate to be a part of an audio guide to Erich Schiffman’s Moving Into Stillness yoga. The guide is available all over the internet and my music is featured in the audio guide behind the spoken word. Check www.yogamovingintostillness.com If you like, download my album separately for your own Yoga needs. Search your favorite Mp3 vendor or go directly to CDBABY.COM for the music. Here’s a sample of one of my favorite tracks:...
Back In The USSA – Party Song!

Back In The USSA – Party Song!

We have safely made it back to the USA! This last December was the big moving day and on our final hours in Japan, the country decided to give us one last goodbye shake with a M6 earthquake while we were standing in the airport. We survived and our plane was fine. (others not!) Upon arrival at LAX my mother was there to greet us.  She and her husband Mike came all the way from St. Louis just to see us clear immigration.   Within the first week, I got my California drivers license renewed, hunted down every Prius in the area on Craigslist and bought a cool black one with black tinted windows, and moved into my Dad’s place.   I really wanted to help my wife get a feeling for how large the USA really is, so we drove across the country to my hometown, St. Louis.  Had a great Christmas there visiting family, friends and sightseeing-sightshowing.  We crossed over Arizona, New Mexico (my car outside Santa Fe at my Aunt Cathy’s house), Texas (wife requested we never stop there again), Oklahoma, Missouri.  On our drive back, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada.  So now my wife’s been to 10 states now!  40 more to go!  ...