Brio Weizhao Zhang has made the rare transition from classical music to pop; recently moving to LA to both preform with the rock band Lucente, and to work behind the scenes with some of the biggest pop sensations of the international music scene. I had a brief conversation with Brio about his approach to music. Who would you call your biggest musical influence? Rachmaninoff, the Russian classical composer, will always by my biggest musical influence, even though pop music, these days, has a stronger impact on my musical style. His compositions have influenced me in different ways throughout the years....Read More
Month: July 2017
Since coming to the United States to study at the Berklee College of Music, Victor Singer has played across the country, touring with bands like the grammy-winning rock act Blues Traveler, and giving solo performances for world-famous musicians like John 5 and Thomas Lang. I caught up with Victor, to chat about his music, and his experiences across the world. Can you remember the first song you ever mastered on the drums? Probably “Killing In The Name Of”, by Rage Against The Machine. It was not perfect, of course, but I remember that was one of the first I...Read More
One of Humanity’s fail-safe measures for the future is the Global Seed Vault, a storage room on the frozen island of Spitsbergen. This island is located in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, in the high Arctic. The vault was created in 2007 through collaboration with nonprofits and the Norwegian government to store genetic variants of staple food crops. They are saved here to be distributed in the event of an agricultural calamity/plant species extinction. Svalbard was designated as the location not only because it is remote and protected, but because soil permafrost provides a constant source of refrigeration, requiring...Read More
On day two of Comic-Con 2017, seven composers who have scored some of the most beloved properties in television & film came together for the 9th annual Behind-The-Music Panel. This year’s panel, “Behind The Music: Fantasy, Fiction & Fandom,” featured stars of Legion, Rachel Keller (Syd Barrett) and Jeremie Harris (Ptonomy Wallace) and drew hundreds of fans, excited to learn the key to supporting the tone and emotion of an episode through music. The panel featured composers Jeff Russo (Fargo, Legion), Kris Bowers (Dear White People), Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot, Feud, American Horror Story), Siddhartha Khosla (This Is Us, Runaways),...Read More
To start off day one of Comic-Con 2017, hundreds of fans lined up outside for the “Monsters, Mutants & Mysteries: Sights & Sounds” panel, eager to hear insights from the creatives behind some of the most beloved properties in film, video games, and television. The panel featured cinematographer Matthew Jensen (Wonder Woman, Game of Thrones), VFX supervisor Derek Spears (Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead), production designer Gary Kordan (Key & Peele, Ghosted), and composers Jake Monaco (Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Dinotrux), Michael A. Levine (Resident Evil 7: Biohazard), and Michael Gatt (Blood Drive). Celebrity moderators Bree Turner and Splack...Read More
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