I have written scores for both short and feature films, as well as video games and many national advertising campaigns. I create music in several genres: traditional cinematic, electronic, as well as rock. In addition to being a composer, I am also a classically trained violinist and guitarist.
I have written scores for both short and feature films, as well as video games and major advertising campaigns. I create music in several genres: modern cinematic, electronic, as well as instrumental indie rock. I have written scores for both short and feature films, as well as video games and major advertising campaigns.
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Interview with David Hilowitz
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Olafur Arnalds–I think the score he wrote for Broadchurch is gorgeous.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a complete studio in my own home. I've recorded many records there.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My process for films is as follows: The very first thing I like to do is watch a rough cut of the film on my own. I will keep a pad of paper and handy and make notes about the emotions conveyed in each scene. After this, the director and I will do a spotting session or the director will send me spotting notes. Next, our combined goal at this point is to make some early decision about what the "musical language" that will be used through the film (generally one tries to stick to a similar palette of sounds throughout to avoid a film seeming disjointed). Once I have some ideas, I will then usually send a mockup of a scene to the director so that we can agree on the general direction. If the director feels that this works with their vision, I then write cues for the entire film. If not, we go back to the drawing board, and figure out another way of augmenting the emotions of the film through music. Writing a score for a film is like doing a jigsaw puzzle: it's important that once you've put all of the pieces together they actually add up to a picture that makes sense.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I have a very strong melodic sense. I also know when to hang back and let one or two instruments tell the story.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have a very intuitive understanding of what parts of a film need music, and what kind of music would augment the emotions of a film without getting in the way.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Modern cinematic as well as instrumental indie rock.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Take a break! The biggest enemy in any creative endeavor is loss of perspective, and it happens very easily.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I have two styles: modern cinematic as well as instrumental indie rock.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've always wanted to be a film composer, and studied it at school. I started writing for movies and TV about 5 years ago.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A laptop and a grid controller.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't look for someone who has written the exact piece of music you're hoping to have in your film. Look more for someone who can create at a high level across several related genres.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Seeing the final cut of the film.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I am very organized and deadline-oriented. If you need to get something done by a certain date, I will only agree to do it if I feel I can deliver.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working on cues for a couple TV shows