I'm a Composer/String Arranger based in LA. I've worked on projects featured on Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, Disney+ and National Geographic, as well as songs on pop radio and streaming sites. I specialize in Film, Television, Trailers and Ads, in addition to arranging strings and orchestra for mainstream music.
I've been composing/arranging/producing for 12+ years and spent the last 3 years working at Hans Zimmer's 'Remote Control Productions', but started my own studio during the COVID-19 pandemic. In working on large-scale projects, I've grown to appreciate the importance of a consistent fidelity and detailed delivery in my work. On the technical side, my studio offers not only an endless assortment of sound options, but extremely transparent pres and pristine conversion. Additionally, my mixing and writing services allow for delivery up to 5.1 Surround (Standard Dolby Digital).
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Interview with Ethan Cohen
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I think a combination of the two is the secret sauce. Digital is invaluable for both its recallability and its duplacatablilty, but analog simply adds warmth and presence that 1's and 0's can't quite emulate.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Being pigeonholed as simply the "film score guy" because I've studied orchestration and film composition, is a stereotype I run into a lot. In the film and tv industries, you have to be prepared to expertly write and produce in any genre of music asked of you. Pop, Rock, Hip-hop, Trap, Jazz, Metal, EDM, Emo, Classical, Experimental, Reggae.. the list goes on. I continue to listen to, study, and produce as many styles of music as I possibly can, not only because I enjoy it, but because my industry demands it.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Use your ears. There's an endless amount of information and production techniques online that may work, but they're no use if you throw them in your mix "just cuz". Using your ears to imagine the potential of a sound is the foundation of your production style. Using an effect or technique with intention will create far more individuality than using a plugin "because professionals use it".
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring musicality and narrative to the songs I work on. I've been playing piano/keys for 17 years, and feel as though my instrument is an extension of my mind. I also work in film and tv where story and character have to be reflected in the tracks I write. These two areas of experience allow me to bring a unique and cultured sensibility to my music.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My bread and butter is writing/arranging strings and/or orchestra to accompany a client's track. My background in programmatic and character-driven writing can truly benefit a song that has space for more emotional resonance.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Although I'd like to take myself seriously and say "it allows me to build communities of people by emoting human experience in a sonic space", I think I just enjoy the fact that I can nerd out and play with toys everyday.