In this Creator Magazine, we interviewed composers of the Audio Cartel team where they share their perspectives on composing music for films and TV, and talk in-depth about their careers and the production music industry.
We hope that these interviews will give you insight and advice about the library music industry, especially the business side and how to get involved with this fascinating industry.
Sit back and enjoy the ride!
Please introduce yourself.
"I am Gabriele Zuffada and I'm from Italy. I live in the countryside, about one hour from Milan. I studied at the Conservatory, so I have a degree in piano composition. My main genre of composition is orchestra music and I’m very classicaly oriented."
How did you find yourself in the library music industry?
"My first contact with the library music industry was meeting Oded through Taxi Music. I started writing and putting out music, then he contacted me and we went from there. At the beginning, it's very exciting because you’re writing music for people, for on the world, and so there is lots of new opportunities. It's also a bit frustrating because you have to be very patient and very strong. Many people give up in this industry. I am in it for three years, you just have to take it day by day."
What do you like the most about the library music industry?
"I like the commodity of working from home. You don't have to be on the stage or have the stress of performances. You can just go in the studio and be very flexible in your timing. It brings more opportunities in both my personal life and in my pay opportunities."
What would you suggest to an early composer?
"Don't give in and remain very strong and very patient. You have to spend time learning the business very well. I spent two years learning the business. You have to write the right type of music, not just your personal taste. You have to listen a lot of music from different music libraries."
Who are your favorite composers that inspired you?
"I like John Williams, maybe Eureka Sakamoto a little bit. Also Rinaldi and Dan Brown Jr., but I don't have a single name that I can say is my favorite."
When you're creating a composition, is there a certain routine that you have or mindset that you try to get into?
"I sometimes try to get a little physical activity in. It helps oxygenate the brain. In general, physical activity is good for me, so it’s good for composing, because it helps me."
Do you have specific goals within the library music industry?
"At the moment I'm not a full-time composer, so to become a full-time composer would be very good for me."
What do you like about working with Audio Cartel?
"I like the communication because Oded and Amit are very friendly. It’s a very young company, with fresh labels, so it's something exciting to work with. I’m very happy with them."
Last question, what are your goals here on Earth?
"I always try to raise the bar for myself. It's a very competitive business, so you always have to try to do your best."
Thank you for reading!
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