2017 Composers of #mustseebc
Showcasing our province's musicians and composers who stand out in the BC film industry. Listen to their music and make sure to check out their social networks for more of their work.
HUMANS is a Canadian indie-electronic duo made up of musicians Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq. Since the beginning, HUMANS have established themselves by creating sounds that successfully fuse experimental electronic elements with catchy indie-pop hooks. Focusing on performance and production styles of both the past and present, HUMANS have consistently impressed upon audiophiles with their technical and compositional skills. Using a combination of synthesizers and instruments, the sound has a certain way of being very unique, while not tied down to one specific genre.
Andrew Harris is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer from Vancouver, Canada. Since 2004, he has attached his sound-art approach to films, television, and commercials all over the world. Andrew's aesthetic explores the intersection between ultramodern synthesis, location recording, and experimental sound design; encouraging an approach to song writing which is both technical and cinematic. Always searching for a narrative. Andrew has presented his work in a live setting all over North America, including performances in Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Vancouver, Detroit(DEMF) and Toronto. (Under the 'Bartel' moniker)
Leigh O'Neill is a musician and composer working in Vancouver, B.C. Though a full time picture editor in the film and advertising industries, he devotes most of his spare time to composing music. Gregoire is his first experience composing for a feature-length film.
Edo Van Breemen
Hollow in the Land
Edo Van Breemen is a composer, producer, keyboardist & installation artist repped by CAA. Growing up near the Everglades in Florida, his parents helped inspire a deep appreciation for film and music. He later moved to Köln, Germany, and eventually to Vancouver, B.C. where, while finishing a degree in Environmental Science, he was mentored in composition, production, and improvisation. Edo founded bands The Clips & Brasstronaut, and co-ran the infamous Canadian record label "Unfamiliar Records" with partner Greg Ipp. Together they signed and released Mac DeMarco (Makeout Videotape), Japandroids, Snailhouse, The Two Koreas, Brasstronaut, The Paper Cranes, RatTail, The Flowers of Hell, and others. IIn 2009, while performing at Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavik, he was introduced to Clemens Purner, an Austrian director who commissioned a score for a short film and from that point forward he collaborated with a growing number of directors and production teams on shorts, commercials, and features. Edo now lives between Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and Vancouver, B.C. He is currently working on a solo record as well as a multi-media immersive installation inspired by Bruce Chatwin’s, “In Patagonia” to be premiered early 2018.
Daniel J.K. Ross
Daniel Ross is a multi-instrumental composer, songwriter, and music producer working in the Vancouver area. He has accumulated a lengthy list of film, television, and music production credits spanning multiple genres, and although principally a guitarist, Dan has expanded his scores and music production into the electronic realm and what he describes as "the unlimited possibilities of combining traditional elements with new approaches, to create hybrid scores." Dan has evolved his composing, production and songwriting craft while developing a deepening understanding of narrative, and has enjoyed the good fortune of working with many gifted creative collaborators who have contributed to shaping his distinctive style. Recent projects include his hybrid score for Wayne Wapeemukwa's feature “Luk' Luk' I”, “Srorrim” (also a Wapeemukwa film), which won Dan a 2017 Leo Award for Best Score in a Dramatic Short, and his production/collaboration on Jordan Carrier's new record project Fear Of Houses (album release Fall/Winter 2017).
Meet Beau Dick: Maker of Monsters
For Allan Levy, a career in sound seemed inevitable. Starting way back in elementary school choir he found his voice, he then moved on to voice impressions, sound effects, and the guitar… all before graduating from high school. In the mid / late 90’s, Allan formed the hardcore/metal band Boxcutter and took the show to the stage becoming one of the most sought after live acts in Vancouver. He went on to work as a session guitar player on recordings with Joey Moi (Nickelback) and Rob Cavallo (Green Day). Allan is an experienced music producer / engineer and electronic music composer. It was Allan’s foray into electronic music in the early 2000s that lead to his first break in video games. Allan composed music for Radical Entertainment’s “Dark Summit” and The Simpson’s “Hit and Run”, which sold 8 million copies worldwide. Allan’s career in sound really took off when he began working on independent films. He got his break in independent film when Julian Clarke (District 9, Elysium, Chappie) asked to use some of his electronic music for a film he was editing. Allan then immersed himself in the Vancouver independent film world. It was not long before he was asked to do film sound and mixing as well.
Never Steady, Never Still
Ben Fox is a composer for film & television, guitarist, songwriter, and music producer. In 2014 he was selected as one of three composersinresidence for the Canadian Film Centre's Slaight Music Residency, chaired by Oscarwinning composer Mychael Danna. An alumnus of the Canadian Children's Opera Company, Fox studied violin and guitar before turning his attention to rock and pop music. Over a six-year career as songwriter, guitarist, and frontman of Toronto rock band Dinosaur Bones, Fox has toured internationally, sharing the stage with the likes of Broken Social Scene, Arkells, and City & Colour. Dinosaur Bones’ latest album Shaky Dream (Dine Alone Records) was produced by Grammy Awardwinning producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse). As a multiinstrumentalist with a passion for innovative music production, Ben Fox brings a modern sensibility to film composition. His work has been featured in films selected for the Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, L.A. Shorts Fest, and Seattle International Film Festival, among others. Recent credits include Boxing (dir. Aidan Shipley, Grayson Moore TIFF 2015), and A Teachable Moment (dir. Jason Jeffrey Tribeca 2016).
We Are the City
Shut Up and Say Something
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, We Are The City has steadily gained the reputation of being Canada’s consistently exciting, yet markedly unpredictable, cult- bands. Their previous full-length, and sophomore album Violent was released in Europe by Sinnbus, in America by Tooth & Nail Records, and in Canada by Boompa Records. Violent (both the album and the film), went on to achieve international success. With their always progressive, boundary-pushing music, We Are the City are navigating their career in an about face, non-traditional manner and embarking on an idea with the intent to outdo all that they have previously created. We Are the City took an impulsive and experimental approach to their third full-length album, Above Club, which delivers exactly that with its own modern version of cleverly written pop. First it seems to be noisy, loud and intense but inside it shines of beauty that is above anything else. Recorded above a club, mixed by Ryan Dahl (Limblifter, Mounties) and Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Mounties) it creates a new genre that is a bit above everything. And, if we’ve had you along for the ride this far, don’t you want to see what happens next?
Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long
Shut Up and Say Something
Shane Koyczan and The Short Story Long originally came together to play one show in 2006 but after the positive response from their first show they decided to play another. And another. And another. This soon lead to a debut EP, The Crickets Have Arthritis (2006) and a debut LP, A Pretty Decent Cape In My Closet (2008). In 2011 the band released their breakthrough album Remembrance Year which featured “To This Day”, the video for which went viral with over 16 million views on Youtube to date and inspired Shane Koyczan’s 2013 TED talk. Short Story Long is Maiya Robbie (guitar,vocals), Glenna Garramone (keyboard, vocals), Jordie Robinson (cello, vocals) and Jesse Lee (upright bass, vocals). Shane Koyczan and The Short Story Long’s most recent project is their highly anticipated third full-length release, Debris. Recorded and engineered by Corwin Fox and mastered by Brock McFarlane, the title track features vocals from Ani DiFranco. To celebrate, Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long has shared the Ben Clarksondirected video for album track “For Many” today. The album has garnered rave reviews, including a thoughtful 9 star review from Exclaim! magazine.
Matthew Rogers is an award winning music producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Vancouver, Canada. As a film composer he has composed numerous soundtracks for documentaries, animations, feature films, short films, television movies and series. He has been nominated for twelve Leo awards, winning the award four times. His Music has been featured on "The Good Wife", "CSI", "Blue Bloods", "NCIS", "Arctic Air" and "How Do They Do It?".
Andrew Lockington was born in Burlington, Ontario. He recently composed the score to the Warner Bros / Newline Blockbuster San Andreas, which contributed to the film’s $474 million worldwide box office. However Andrew’s other credits include the Golden Globe nominated Frankie and Alice starring Halle Berry, Fox 2000’s Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters, Newline’s Journey to the Center of the Earth, the Tom Hanks-produced City of Ember, the horror film Skinwalkers for Constantine Films and director Brad Peyton’s Journey to the Mysterious Island for WB / Newline.
Shut Up and Say Something
Originally formed Edo Van Breeman and trumpetist Bryan Davies, the duo slowly evolved into a band. After a three month residency at the Banff Centre they emerged with their debut album Mt. Chimaera and took to the road. The band has toured extensively in Europe and North America, including Festival appearances at Iceland Airwaves, Pop Montreal, SXSW, The Great Escape, Incubate Festival and many more. After their latest acclaimed release Mean Sun (2012), Brasstronaut, the 6-piece from Vancouver, British Columbia, returned with their third studio album on November 11, 2016. A self-titled LP consisting of nine tracks that come together to form the band’s most robust effort to date, it sees them continuing to embrace the unknown while steadily honing in on a sound that melds elements of rock, pop, electronic, and even hints of jazz, Afrobeat and disco. It’s a sound that sees familiar strands of the band’s experimental roots expanded upon towards something more confidently kinetic, while at the same time drawing from each member’s strength to form a more kaleidoscopic whole.
Jesse Zubot is one of those unique composers whose practice spans multiple genres and transcends contextualization into an idiom. Known mainly as a violinist, he is also a multi-instrumentalist and tends to incorporate electronic manipulation and studio gadgetry within his work. Zubot is a 3-time Juno Award and multiple WCMA award winning musician. He currently tours with acclaimed Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq and produced both her Polaris Music Prize winning album 'Animism' and ‘Retribution’. Artists Zubot has worked with in the more contemporary popular vein include Dan Mangan, Destroyer, Fond of Tigers, Mira Calix, Hawksley Workman, Veda Hille, Sandro Perri, Frog Eyes, Stars and Mother Mother. Artists Zubot has worked with in the more improvisational and new music vein include Steve Reich, Francois Houle, Peggy Lee, Evan Parker, Eugene Chadbourne, Mats Gustafsson, Fred Frith, Eyvind Kang, Henry Kaiser and Nels Cline. Zubot runs the critically acclaimed creative music record label Drip Audio and has composed for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia. Recently, he has worked with Academy Award nominated director Kim Nguyen for his movie Two Lovers and a Bear, acclaimed Canadian documentarian Nettie Wild on her film Koneline: Our Land Beautiful and with Dan Mangan on the score for Peter Chelsom’s Hector and the Search for Happiness. Jesse Zubot is a two time Canadian Screen Awards nominee in the ‘Achievement in Music: Original Score’ Film Category.