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Michael M.

Santa Monica, CA

$60/hour

Composer | Songwriter | Guitarist | Synthesist

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West Chester University of Pa
Music composition
College Conservatory of Music - University of Cincinnati
Master's
University of Southern California
Other

Education

West Chester University of Pa (Music composition)

College Conservatory of Music - University of Cincinnati (Master's)

University of Southern California (Other)

About Michael

Putting together a bio is a funny exercise. It seems rather easy to list a bunch of schools, projects and awards etc. and until now that’s exactly what I’ve done. I’m realizing that this approach doesn’t really say anything about me as a person let alone about my music. So here’s another stab at it.

The music comes from Nanny. We lived with my grandparents on Long Island for the better part of 10 years and Nanny was fiercely musical. We’d spend afternoons watching ‘Singin’ In the Rain’ then head to the church for her choir rehearsal a couple nights each week. I spent a ton of time soaking in TV and I was pretty young when MTV hit the airwaves. I remember being freaked out by The Cars and loving Tom Petty but not understanding why. Then there was Yo MTV Raps. My dad taught school in a rough part of Queens. I really got into the sounds that his kids were listening to in the early 80s. I was pretty much free to explore our laserdisc collection too and to this day all it takes is the Doogie Howser theme on a DX7 to send me right back to 6 years old. And like the rest of my generation, I spent a good bit of time mashing buttons on the NES. All of this is where the music began for me.

Dad played the blues: guitar and piano, harmonica and saxophone. There wasn’t much he couldn’t just pick up and play by ear. We moved to the hills of Pennsylvania and I racked up a pretty impressive tape and CD collection. The music just kept coming. In high school, I picked up the guitar, taught myself some Nirvana and Dave Matthews licks then formed the obligatory high school bands. Then sometime around 1994, my listening experience changed. I realized that songs not only had to be written, but arranged and produced. I fell back in love with music on a global scale. I poured back over my collection listening to the musical nuance I’d always heard but wasn’t aware of consciously. I needed to know more so I decided it had to all be about music moving forward.

I spent a grand total of seven years in music school. First outside of Philadelphia. Thats when I decided to pursue film music as a career. Then grad school in Cincinnati. The conservatory atmosphere was pretty intense, but it was there that I fell in love with minimalism and jazz arranging. All the while I carted my guitar around the east coast doing the singer/songwriter thing. In 2006 I headed west to attend the film music program at USC. It was a one-year wild ride and I highly recommend it to any young composer wanting to understand the intricacies of the business.

After USC I was incredibly fortunate to jump into an internship at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions. I learned more from that team in 6 months than my 7 years of school combined. I kicked around LA doing assistant work and programming for a variety of composers and eventually landed full time as an assistant to composer John Powell. John taught me a tremendous amount about running a studio, programming MIDI and how to conduct business like a professional. He was at the top of his game and we did some amazing projects together. He also gave me my first chance to write music on a large scale film.

After scoring my first few films at John’s studio I set up my own studio in Santa Monica. These days I’m scoring films as well as some TV and video games. I’m happy and healthy, loving life and making music. Its really a great thing.

I am a working composer for film and tv.
Putting together a bio is a funny exercise. It seems rather easy to list a bunch of schools, projects and awards etc. and until now that’s exactly what I’ve done. I’m realizing that this approach doesn’t really say anything about me as a person let alone about my music. So here’s another stab Read more

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Travels within 0 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Composition (Music)

I have a both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in music composition. I have an advanced certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television. I have scored over 40 films. I compose music for television shows, video games and production music libraries as well.

General Music

I have a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in music. I have taught general music both in a formal educational setting and as a private instructor. I am a active musician, who performs and composes music on a daily basis.

Guitar

I have been a guitarist since the age of 15. I have taught both independently and professionally on and off for the last 18 years. I perform guitar on many projects including music for film, television and video games.

Music Production

I produce music for film, television and video games. I have my own production studio in Santa Monica, CA. I use a combination of the latest music hardware and software to create my music. I record instruments live and also synthesize new sounds.

Songwriting

I have been writing songs for over 18 years. I currently write music and songs for television and film. I have released 3 song albums and 5 score albums which also feature songs. I have coached many young songwriters and helped to produce their own tracks.

West Chester University of Pa
Music composition
College Conservatory of Music - University of Cincinnati
Master's
University of Southern California
Other

Education

West Chester University of Pa (Music composition)

College Conservatory of Music - University of Cincinnati (Master's)

University of Southern California (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 0 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90401.