UK based media composer and producer that closely relates his style and sound to composers Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hildur Gudnadottir and Max Richter. Elliot specialises in unique and top quality film production scores for a variety of different films and TV shorts.
Elliot Joseph is a UK based composer and producer with credits on festival short films such as "Tend to the Garden" and "On April 8th I Lost My Mind". Also soundtrack nominated at LA Short Film Festival 2020.
Elliot Joseph offers composing, mixing and production services for film, TV and video games with additional audio editing and sound design services. While currently undergoing mixing courses from industry legend Dennis Sands, and achieving a first class honors degree from Hertfordshire University, Elliot has also been taught by minimalist composer Dave Smith and hollywood sound designer Val Kuklowsky.
Elliot specialises in the combination of music and sound design, creating a genre closely associated with composers such as Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hildur Gudnadóttir and Max Richter. In addition to being able to create a lush and smooth filmic experience and also creating something totally unique with the combination of analog tape techniques, synthesisers and unique string arrangements.
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Interview with Elliot Joseph
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Early 2020 I worked with a Californian director on his debut short film title "Tend To The Garden". I was assigned composer and overall audio designers for this project. I am proud of this project because it is purely visuals and sound, no dialogue. The music HAS to carry the picture otherwise it will fall flat. We discussed deeply and decided on a very unique score that features influences from all over the world including Native American, Asian and Sound American. I absolutely loved this debut film and was nominated for soundtrack at LA short Film Festival 2020.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working with close friends on some video game related projects, offering production and mixing services as well as taking online courses.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: My friend Jamal Green is a brilliant film and video game composer that I implore anyone to work with.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A bit of both. I work primarily in digital when it comes to my DAW, recording space and mixing. But I also love the sound of analog, whether it is tape or synthesisers, they add a raw and original sound to my music.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will provide your project with whatever it really needs. It will be different and unlike anything else you can find.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the freedom and collaborative native of working with other creative individuals. I always find that the best stuff comes from a group of minds, and not just one.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you complete a project quickly? Yes. Can you mix and master the project? Yes. Can you provide stems for invidiual instrumental groups? Yes. Can you hire musicians? Yes. Can you provide demos? Yes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Composers are incredibly versatile. Don't expect me to just be pigeon holed into one type of genre or style. Feel free to expand your interests onto me as a collaborator.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What direction do you plan the take? What relationship do you want the music to have with the visuals? What does music mean to you?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be open and creative. I strive best when the creativity requires for the music matches what is shown on screen. Always ask questions.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My piano. Tape Recorder. Microphones. Sheet music and pencils.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I start music quite late, at the age of 22. I started from scatch learning music technology at College, then doing a 4-year sandwich year at University. While studying I completed a handful of projects from clients in the UK, Japan and United Kingdom. So far I have been in the game for 6 years and continuing to learn and grow as a composer and producer.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Minimal, ambient and filmic.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Hildur Guðnadóttir or any artist that encourages creative freedom.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Try and seperate your composing, mixing and mastering into different stages that require fresh projects. Often combining all these stages into one project can lead to a messy and unprofessional work-flow.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Modern classical, soundtrack, ambient, string quartet, solo piano.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Being able to relate to whatever the client needs. If it's film work, I consider myself very strong at giving the directors what they want in the time-frame that they desire.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A unique sound and different approach. My way of composing is often looked at as 'niche' and different. I use a palette of sounds and instruments that are not very mainstream, or are used in a way that encourage a different creative outlook.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My work process often starts with whatever the client is after. Lots of talks and notes on how to approach the services they require and sometimes, demos and revisions. After we agree on the direction to take, I often go ahead and complete all necessary composing while sending revisions to the clients for futher feedback. I absolutely Implore that the client asks for and requires revisions just so I can cater to their needs.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work solely in Pro Tools from my home studio based in the Staffordshire, UK. There is also a studio local to me that offers services that cater to mastering and recording. My room is a sound isolated basement space that I use primarily to compose and mix in.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My best friends and fellow composers Jamal Green and Louis Jon Campion, both excellent artists and media composers. I'm also hugely inspired by the late Jóhann Jóhannsson and the large majority of the groups that he worked with.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Film composition is by far my most requested service. I sometimes do mixing egineering for friends within the video game world too.