I am a film,video game and theater music composer/digital sound and MIDI specialist
I am a film,video game and theater music composer/digital sound and MIDI specialist .I live in Thessaloniki,Greece.I have worked in many theatrical plays ("Blue Bird","Lucky Strike","Perses","Dead Nature","Marat/Sade" etc)as a music composer and performer in Greece and started working on films in 2013 in the horror film "carnivore" and from that point I scored for "T"(2014) and "eye candy"(2015), "Don't"(2016),"Pearl Rain"(2016) and "Man in hell"(2016),I also have composed for many video games (PS and android),podcasts,TV series,audio books and last but not least I have composed songs for over 20 singers and bands around the world and commercial jingles.I studied at the university of Andreas Voutsinas in Thessaloniki,Greece Currently i'm studying Modern Music Composition and Film Scoring in Berklee College of music ,I took the Songwriting(Berklee),Developing Your Musicianship (Berklee),I.T.Music Production (Berklee),Music Bussines Foundations (Berklee),Jazz Improvisation (Berklee),F.O.Audio Engineering P1:Musical Sound and Electronics (University of Rochester) ,F.O,Rehearsing Ensembles (University of N.Carolina),Modern Art and Ideas (M.O.M.A)and Copyright For Multimedia (Duke University/Emory University/N.Carolina University) courses .
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Interview with Marios V. Apostolakoulis
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Film Scoring ,Video Game Music ,Theatrical Music Compositions and Arraging
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Hans Zimmer ,John Williams ,James Howard Newton
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Full equiped studio (specialized in media music and live recording) Solid State Logic 9080 J series Pro Tools HD2 Reaper Cubase Reason 9 HZ Percussion Miroslav Philarmonik EW and about other 40 libraries Genelec 1035B Yamaha NS10 Swissonic ASM7 AKG K271 Mk II AKG C414 Neumann TLM 102 Neumann TLM 103 Neumann TLM 105 t-bobe SCT 700 Neuman M 149 Rode NTK Shure Beta 58A Shure SM58 Shure Elvis 55SH t-bone GM 55 AKG P4 AKG P2 AKGP17 GML 8200 Neve 1081 Focusrite RED 3 Tama Imperialstar K series 22inch Custom medium ride K series 18 inch crash/Ride Zildjian 20 inch Medium thin crash Zildjian 14 inch New beat Hi Hat Roland Digital Piano RD 64 M-Audio 88 Keystation Gibson SG CM Epiphone G 310 Washburn C5CE Cort Action PJ OPB Yamaha A3M Marshall DSL 100 Peavey Bandit 112 Bugera V22 infinium Marshall MG412BCF Harley Benton G412A Drive CD300R Matsikas BZ8 110 Roland FR-4 X BK Stag VN Saz 120A-CE Saz Long Neck Matsikas MD-001 Round Mandolin Thomann Tenor Ukulele Standard Meinl SU22 22"x24" Surdo Aluminium Pearl 16"x16" Philharmonic Field 101 Grover Pro Percussion Tambourine T2/GS Afroton Rainmaker 100cm Terre Shaman Drum 40cm Meinl ATD-L African Talking Drum Sonor GTR15 Triangle Sonor L2639 Solid Bar Chimes Sonor GMWS Maracas Small LP CP374 Sleigh Bells Toca T-CK Coconut Kalimba Peter Hess phKSET-40 GOLDON 11150 Yamaha WRS 248 Hohner 32B Piano-Style Melodica
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Study,compose,Record,mix,master,send to client,make corrections,mix ,master,send final product to client
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: More than you imagined before you came to me
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Horror ,Action ,Drama Compositions
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't try to do everything
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Hans Zimmer and Metallica.Hans is an amazing artist who really knows the job and Metallica are open to anything and are great musicians
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Since 2005
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Guitar,a big blank sheet book ,extra strings ,a recorder and my waterphone
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just let me know what you want and trust me
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Tell me exactly what you want
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I make millions out of it
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: -"How did you do it !?" -"That's my job"
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Finishing jobs and listening to them
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: They won't find a better one anywhere else (exceot if they hire Hans Zimmer)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both.Depends on the needs and taste.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Three films,one documentary,one video game ,one theatrical play ,one audio book and many arrangements for singers and bands
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Pearl Rain.I was the composer.It was a drama/fantasy film that really made me put the best of me in it.The director was open minded and the final score was really good