My job as a composer is to emphasize your story as a director, screenwriter, and videographer. I firmly believe that a strong original score can elevate your visual project and tell your story more impactfully.
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Interview with John Wiater
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Empathy. Kindness. Respect. Friendship. These are most important to me.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I love describing my niche as "Intimate Ambient Orchestral". But each film is a special snowflake. Each film calls for a unique palette of sounds.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jazz and hip-hop producers. I have an itching to compose orchestral and ambient music with a backdrop of jazz and hip-hop influences.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen. Perhaps that comes as a surprise, or comes off as a joke. But we must listen. It starts with the first phone call - listen to what the director or writer is passionate about. Listen to their vision, and then listen to that dialogue in every cue - that is your "lead vocal".
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Primarily orchestral & ambient film scoring. I produce piano-based compositions and ambient music, as well we produce and mix pop music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Understanding & Communication. The utmost importance to me is understanding your creative vision for the project. That is how we will make the best collective creative piece.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Emotion and emphasis are what my scores bring the screen. As a composer, I am leaving an invitation to the audience to connect more with the overarching story of the film, or to empathize more (or less) with a particular emotion.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Story. Character. Narrative. My work process is always rooted in understanding what the goals of the story are and what we are trying to convey as a creative team. My musical decisions are in response to that question.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Like many composers, I work from a home pro studio utilizing various virtual instruments and live instruments with professional-grade hardware and software.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The first composers that inspired me to follow win their footsteps were John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Thomas Bergerson, Thomas Newman, Lights & Motion, Explosions in the Sky, Trevor Morris, and JunkieXL
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My passion is feature length film scores in the drama, crime, and sci-fi genres. The opportunity to play a part in the storytelling process through music is what fuels my internal fire.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to emphasize your story.