As a film journalist, one of my particular areas of coverage has been Film Music. I’ve reviewed soundtracks and interviewed composers for EMPIRE for the last decade and written on the subject for the likes of Variety, the BBC and Amazon. It’s an area which I possess a huge degree of passion for – and a suitably large CD collection – and writing about it is a true pleasure, placing me in contact with creatives whom I admire and allowing me to witness their work being recorded in such hallowed venues as Abbey Road Studios.
Therefore, it was very flattering to be invited by Tom Hoover, the US-based owner of Scorenotes.com and author of the book Keeping Score, to be an interviewee for his second book on Film Music, SOUNDTRACK NATION, which has just been published. While Keeping Score focused exclusively on composers, the follow-up not only contains interviews with acclaimed composers like Hans Zimmer, Mark Isham and Ilan Eshkeri but widens the coverage by including peripheral folk like performers, studio personnel, music label owners, fans and media personnel like myself.
SOUNDTRACK NATION contains a seven page interview with me, where I discuss covering soundtracks for Empire, my critical approach towards Film Music, the process of interviewing, my thoughts on the coverage of soundtracks in aminstream and online media, the film scores for Comic Book Cinema and my advice for budding journalists who wish to write about the Film industry. And I get a lovely big picture too…!
Am very pleased with how it came out – always nice to get PR like this! Aside from my own contribution, the other interviews are hugely informative and give an superb glimpse of not only the inner creative circle but also the wider impact of scores. Big congratulations to Tom on what is an excellent read and a great information resource that will be lapped up by fans of film scores as well as inspirational to those who wish to work in the arena professionally…!
SOUNDTRACK NATION is published by CENGAGE LEARNING and can obtained from Amazon UK here.