Arend has always been fascinated by music and developed an interest in composing after playing guitar when he was sixteen. One of the greatest influences on his music is French composer, performer, and producer Jean Michel Jarre who is a pioneer in the electronic/ambient genres. . Arend says, “”Creativity has no limit. I push myself to the limits of what is achievable in music. I envision the future of music in a minimalist and understandable way.”
His latest release Arise is featured below and is available from Bandcamp
Michael Ottosson is a Swedish composer who specializes in trailer music, orchestral and cinematic music. He started playing and studying classical piano in his youth. From the age of six he played viola and was part of several youth symphony orchestras. He’s been studying and working as a session and touring musician playing keyboards with many various artists from around the world. His style of composing is heavily influenced by film music composers such as Harry Gregson Williams, Hans Zimmer, John Williams and John Powell and classical composers such as Debussy. He tends to write everything on his piano or keyboard and has found a personal style of combining soaring melodies with strong harmonies and pulsating rhythms. His style is born out of the hybrid genre with a mix of synths, sound design and orchestral elements.
Featured below are his compositions Hear Them Speak, Together We Stand, and From the Inside (Featuring Nicklas Thelin)
“Originally from Tel-Aviv, Israel, Eyal Goldstein is an upcoming music composer based in London. His introduction to music was at age ten when he started taking piano lessons. A few years later he discovered the magic of composing original music and started producing his own original material. Eyal graduated from acting school during which he composed different original scores for school productions. It was his tremendous love for stage and cinema that naturally led him to compose original scores and soundtracks and also a few Broadway-style musical numbers.
His music is somewhat influenced by great film composers such as John Williams, Danny Elfman and TV composer Murry Gold, who are the reasons why he chose to specialize in orchestral compositions. For the last two years, after moving to London, Eyal has attended a music production course at Goldsmith University and been composing original music for short films, film trailers and many other different projects.
Hear his recent compositions Regeneration, Our Strength Within, and A Whimsical Tragedy
Chris Shutt is a graduate in Music Composition and Technology finding inspiration for his music from the evocative environment of Dartmoor where he lives. His catalogue of work is symphonic in feel but with a popular appeal drawing on influences from film scores and popular culture.
He says, “Building a sense of presence in my music is important to me. The creative challenge is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration: hard work is something that goes with the creative territory in which I operate. Getting it right is important to me. It is about delivering and channeling emotion eloquently that is the challenge in producing music that moves people: that is what I strive to achieve. Listen on…”
Featured below are his compositions Resolution, The Inevitable, and Zero Hour
Official Website: www.chrisshutt.co.uk
Dion Rowles discovered his passion for writing music while he was studying GCSE music in Oxford. Writing a three minute song that would later be performed in front of an audience was part of his qualification. For three years he studied music at college. He says, “I had the best time of my life at college, studying what I loved most.” While in college he formed numerous bands that played in the local area as well promoted local iggs as part of his college qualification. In his second year of college he started getting more familiar with Pro-Tools and audio production. “We were all blessed with a fantastic recording studio that we could use whenever we wanted. This helped with my production skills that I’ve learned over the past three years.”
Dion says of his music, “I’m now using Cubase as my primary D.A.W. I’ve been lucky enough to buy extremely high quality sample libraries that enable me to write the music that I love most which is trailer, game and film scores. My most recent purchase is VOXOS by Cinesamples. Voxos is a massive choir sample library that uses word phrases that definitely allows me to write that big epic score that I’ve always aimed at achieving.”
Dion has been playing piano since the age of six and joined the Blaeanvon Male Voice Choir (BMVC) when he was eight. For the best part of 35 years both his father and grandfather have also sang with the choir. “At the time I believe we were the only choir with three generations in it. I’ve enjoyed many tours with them including Spain, Jersey and many more.” Recently the choir has been part of a massive campaign called “Save Our Male Voice Choirs” which was organised and run by talented producer Daniel J. Harris. As part of this huge campaign we competed in the Cornish international male voice choir competition. He says, “ This was a great experience for myself and the choir. Out of twenty choirs all across Europe we placed third in addition to being named best UK choir. This was a massive achievement that I will never forget.”
Hear his featured compositions Fear Thy Vengeance, Onward and Upward, Nostalgic Encounters, and Raindrops
Seventeen year old composer Isaiah March has been involved in performing music since he was five. At age fourteen, Isaiah began writing his own music, having previously taken part of a college-level music theory class. At first, he worked by himself, but soon began seeking the guidance of his piano teacher who also teaches Music Composition at a local college. Isaiah has been looking for local opportunities for writing music for various film projects, and has written the music for a ProPetHero commercial as well as the soundtrack for a student short film.
Isaiah plays trombone, piano, sings, as well as dabbles with various instruments, including ukulele, violin, trumpet, and horn. He plans to attend Columbia College, and seek a career in the film scoring industry.
From his 2016 Legends album, hear his compositions Rathcroghan and Homestead
Jack Harrison Mennega is a Michigan-based composer who specializes in music for film and media. In Jack’s life, music has always played a prominent role. Starting with piano lessons at age six, Jack quickly picked up on other musical instruments, and to this day plays clarinet, upright and electric bass, saxophone, tuba, and ukulele. If he can pick it up, he’ll probably try to make music with it.
Throughout high school, jazz and film scores battled it out for most songs on his iPod. Ultimately, film music took first place, although he is still very involved in jazz performance. Jack’s musical interests are wide and varied. He enjoys electronic, pop, jazz, classical, and of course, soundtrack, and his own composition style reflects this eclectic palate. “I want my music to be unique. I try to keep my listeners on the edge of their seats, never being able to predict what’s coming next.”
So far, Jack has scored several short films and has provided original music for a few Michigan-based organizations, as well as writing standalone pieces, which have been used in a video blog. A recent video game named MageQuit -for which he composed the trailer- was accepted by Steam, and Jack is excited to compose the full score, which is set to open the second quarter of 2017.
“I truly enjoy the challenge of analyzing the emotional arc of a film or story, then writing the music to fully enhance or add color to that world.”Jack’s first solo album, Before Dawn, is set to release on Bandcamp in mid-January.
Featured below are his compositions Open Sky, The Void, and Ancient Lands
Official Website: http://jackharrisonmusic.weebly.com/
Shaun Allaway is a composer whose music captures the imagination. He describes his musical experience as follows: “As I entered through this storm of enchanting melodies and gifted abilities, I then saw a piano that was too big for me to play when I was only three. My first impression was just to play to see what it would sound like. When I grew up to eight years old, my father taught me chords but only that alone. I followed it through since I had no friends growing up as a child and the piano was the only one and only. I started to listen to Mozart, picked up his rotation, his habits, and his progression. I duplicated, I corrected it and took then took it deeper to sound like my own Amadues. Now I have composed over 10,000 songs since then as I mix myself with Mozart’s Techniques and Vivaldi’s Symphonies combined.”
Featured below are his recent compositions I Was Lost and At World of Times End