Composer Spotlight: Adrian Walther
Mar 25, 2018
Adrian, Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions today! Tell us a little about your background. How did you get into the music industry?
Absolutely…My pleasure. Well, I originally started touring in groups from Canada. Growing up in Canada, there weren’t a ton of professional options musically, but you could always play live. I probably spent 2 years touring, before I got paid for a gig. It was fun, either way.
You come from years on the road and in the studio. Do you miss the road now that you in your own studio now?
There are elements of the road that I miss. The energy of a crowd, learning new material on the fly, the possible train wrecks that could happen at any moment :) For the most part, I really love being in my own place, composing and writing. It feeds my solitary, creative soul. Given enough time, I tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to music/editing (it actually took me a while to release compositions because they weren’t up to par)….Everything else in my life is a little too easy going.
What got you interested in film scoring and composing in general?
Since I can remember, I’ve always loved Film Music, and the role it plays. From John Williams (Star Wars) to Jon Brion (Magnolia), To Alan Silvestri (Back to the Future, Forest Gump), and Mark Mothersbaugh (The Royal Tenenbaums). They all have such diverse influences and musical expressions, but ultimately serve an important role in the storytelling experience.
What is your approach to creativity? How do you find inspiration to compose a track?
Inspiration doesn’t always come from the same source or method. Sometimes I pull from a life situation and start playing something super simple on the piano. Other times it’s from listening to a killer track that a buddy produced. Some of the most inspired and creative moments have come from the collaboration of others. Getting good people and great minds together have a pretty incredible outcome.
Your speciality seems like it is synths and programming. The sounds play a huge part in your productions. How do you make or find these sounds?
Yes, I love programming. Synths just add a different/nostalgic element to a production. As far as creating and finding sounds, a lot happens through trial and error….and a lot of time. As far as other “real” sounding instruments — that’s where my perfectionism thrives. The right note length, breath, and feel have a lot to do with getting a good sample to sound great.
Any projects that you are working on now? Tell us about them!
Of course… Yeah, I’m working on a couple of projects at the moment. I’m part of the scoring/soundtrack team for a feature film called “Believe”. I’m also doing several scores for a web series called “Smile for the Camera”. There are a few other things sprinkled in there.
You have been composing for film now. Music plays such a huge part in filmmaking. How do you approach composing a que? Why does music affect us so much when we watch a film!?
It’s really interesting…It took me a while to interpret the language of a director. Timing is everything, and the lack of music has just as much impact as a massive orchestral piece. Trying to envision the intent of the director is pretty crucial in Navigating what tools to use for each que, and how it relates to the rest of the score. I hope that makes sense.
Adrian, thanks so much for taking the time with us today! You are awesome!