Hi, I am Lex Roper and I am a music maker based in Europe.
I've been musician (drummer and guitarist), stagehand, sound technician, but composing music is definitely what I love to do.
I use to think that music is more about emotions and feelings before being about genres. Maybe it seems obvious to you, but I can assure you it's not obvious for everyone.
My inspiration is pretty wide. From classical music to black metal, passing by ambient and medieval. If one day you come in my house, you'll see CD from Corvus Corax, Dead Can Dance, Delerium, Watain, Mozart.
So, you want a music ?
Is it a song ? Yes I can write it, but you need to ask someone else to write the lyrics.
Is it for a movie/tv show/audiovisual project ? Yes I can write it, you will receive your music ready to be exploited in your project.
Tell me what you expect from your project, tell me about your goal. We will find a way to reach it.
Send me a note through the contact button above.
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Interview with Lex Roper
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: It already happened ! Around 2010, I was sound technician for a concert hall, and a band that i like came to promote their new album. Today, I remember them as horrible co-worker and I stopped listening to their music. Also, I had the occasion to talk with other people who booked this band, and we all had the same bad experience. So now, I stopped wishing to work with X or Y or Z artist. But, in order to answer the question, I would love to have a chat with the german band Corvus Corax. They play medieval music and they craft their own instruments. That means they got a total control on their sound. Like every other medieval band, they play bagpipes and drums, but their sound is definitely unique. When you hear them, you recognize instruments, but there is this little thing that makes you say : << I don't know what it is, but I feel something different >>.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I got 2 different processes. 1 - I got a goal, I know if I want something romantic or epic or sad or anything else. I search for chords as a basis, and the melody comes by itself. 2 - The << what if >> method, as known as << let put those stuff together and check what happen >> method. For this, there is no goal and no final expectation. If it sounds good I continue, otherwise I change something until it sounds good. If it never sounds good, that mean it was a bad idea.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Every projects are differents. Musical genres can be similar, emotions can be similar too. But the way you create emotion, the way you bring the listener where you want the listener to be, those are always differents.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Writing lyrics. I am an awesome composer but I am also a bad singer. Because of that, I've never took time to write a text. Therefore, I am NOT used to write lyrics.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the goal ? What is the purpose ? What or how do you want the listener to feel ? Which element do you want or refuse ?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you want. Maybe you have no precise idea, and it's alright. We are here to shape your vague idea to a precise (and awesome) idea.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I would do my best to delay my departure to this island. But if I have no other choice than go on such an island, I would take tools to craft music instruments from what I find on the island.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I am musician since 1997. I had drum lessons and guitar lessons. Like many teenagers, I had a metal band when I was in highschool. Since 2010, I got the opportunity to work as sound technician in small theaters and as stagehand in festivals. But writing music is really what I love to do. No matter where I am or what I do, I am always creating music, in one way or another. When I've discovered SoundBetter, I thought : << hey, why not ? >>, and now you're reading my profile.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Know what you want.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Instrumental, because i'm a (very) bad singer.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening. Nowadays, many people care more about the face of the musician rather than the melody the musician is playing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My way to think. I focus on the goal, and I search for a way to reach it. As long as it sound good, that means it's a good music.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Corvus Corax, Dead Can Dance, Watain, Delerium, Amethystium, Indochine, Korpiklaani, Rammstein and every classical composers from the 16th to the 19 century. When I'm watching TV, it's usually on Mezzo.