Rob Simonsen is an American film composer, musician, and music producer. With a keen instinct for storytelling, he has established himself amongst a new wave of composers making an impact in the industry.
Under the mentorship of Mychael Danna, he cut his teeth alongside one of the best. The longtime collaborators scored films including Marc Webb’s indie hit (500) Days of Summer; and Mr. Simonsen provided additional music for others, including Bennett Miller’s Moneyball and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, which won four Academy Awards including Best Original Score.
Working independently, he garnered two 2013 World Soundtrack Academy Award nominations for two Sundance hits: James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Nowand Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s The Way, Way Back. That same year, he scored the global ad launch for Apple’s iPhone 5 and provided the iconic piano music for their “Everyday” campaign.
Recent projects include the comedy The Master Cleanse (starring Johnny Galecki and Anjelica Huston), Roland Emmerich’s political drama Stonewall and the Weinstein Company’s Burnt starring Bradley Cooper, Uma Thurman and Sienna Miller. - www.robsimonsen.com
Joseph Trapanese's love of classical music and electronic sound began at a young age. The duality continued through his formal conservatory training in New York, where he juxtaposed performing in Carnegie Hall and other major New York concert venues with scoring films, contributing to theatrical productions, performing with jazz and Latin bands, and writing experimental and interactive music. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, the seemingly parallel tracks began to come together, leading to collaborations with artists for several of the most anticipated releases of recent memory, as well as solo projects that draw on his unique sound.
His collaborators include Daft Punk, M83, Mike Shinoda, Moby, Kelly Clarkson, Ellie Goulding, Dia Frampton, 3Oh!3, Active Child, White Sea, James Newton Howard, Christophe Beck, Daniel Licht, and Greg Kurstin.
Benjamin Wynn a.k.a. Deru is an Emmy Award-winning composer, sound designer and producer.
As Deru, Wynn has released three albums on Mush Records, Merck Records, and Neo Ouija respectively, as well as remixes and tracks for compilations on labels like Hometapes, Ghostly International, Mille Plateaux, and a ballet score for Wayne McGregor and the Paris Opera Ballet. 2014 ushers in the next phase of Deru's journey, as he partners with Friends of Friends for “1979”, his most extraordinary project to date.
1979 is a concept album and sculptural object, featuring nine songs by Deru accompanied by nine short films by video artist Anthony Ciannamea, that are housed in a customized handheld video projector. The subject matter is nostalgic and emotive, focusing on common origins and shared human experiences. A limited run of the projectors will be produced, and the videos will be made publicly available through an interactive website featuring a gallery of user-submitted “memories”. “1979" will be released in Summer 2014 on Friends of Friends in vinyl as well digital formats. - www.1979.la
Eskmo, aka Brendan Angelides, is an LA based musician, producer and composer. in 2015 he launched FeelHarmonic, a project devoted to helping the deaf community experience sound in the new ways.
“Electrifyingly enveloping…mind-melting invention here...” – BBC Music
“Eskmo has created his own sound.” – Future Sequence
“Elegantly melodic, beautiful electronics and enough skewed rhythmatics to make this release a brilliant opening full-length release.” – Bleep
Jeremy Zuckerman is a Los Angeles-based Emmy Award-winning composer and musician. His work covers a wide range from music for picture to computer music. Jeremy has composed for modern dance, film, over 180 episodes of television and once made a record with David Lee Roth. Jeremy finds inspiration in the gracefully complex and ever-evolving systems of nature and what it feels like to be alive (love, desire, pain, elation…) As a result, Jeremy tends to see music as much in everyday life as in the concert hall. - www.jeremyzuckerman.com
As a composer, producer, art director, and songwriter, Nathan Johnson's innovative film scores and hybrid media performances have consistently blurred the lines between stage, screen, music, and narrative. Best known for his unconventional work in film and music (Looper, Brick, Don Jon), Nathan favors modified, organic instrumentation combined with unique approaches to recording and performing.
Along with film composing, Nathan directs The Cinematic Underground, a sprawling artistic collective known for mixing visual art with performance and found-sounds. He is part of the atmospheric pop band Faux Fix, and has produced a variety of artists while acting as a concert developer and live show consultant for bands. When he is not creating music, he works as an art director with The Made Shop, a boutique design firm that specializes in graphic and architectural projects. - www.nathanj.com
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and arranger Judson Crane is making his mark on the Los Angeles scoring scene. After more than a decade of success in the highly competitive world of advertising music (clients include Nike, Google, Audi, and Mercedes) Judson is bringing his award winning talents to film and video games through his rich textures, arrangements and performances. His work can be heard in such notable projects as Don Jon (written and directed by Joseph Gordon Levitt, music by Nathan Johnson), Wish I Was Here (Zach Braff, music by Rob Simonsen), and Infamous 3 (Sucker Punch Studios, music by Nathan Johnson). Other current projects include original music for a documentary entitled Dream and Reach: The Story of Bose (directed by Morgan Neville) and arrangements / performances for the upcoming feature Kill the Messenger, starring Jeremy Renner. - www.judsoncrane.com