What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Television, Web, Multimedia, Orchestra, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical, Jazz, Blues, Film Score, World, Hip Hop, Rock, Funk
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
My formal training in music began in the womb as my German born father (a classically trained cellist) would play the classical greats of Europe on my mothers belly. Even at Christmas time as a kid one of the things I would look forward to most (besides the gifts under the tree of course) was the music, my uncle Matt would always have a recently modified guitar or amp, or effect pedal plugged in and he would be jamming away to some great old tunes. Once I got a little older I would join him on the bass guitar. From the age of about 7, I was in the Santa Rosa children's chorus, church choir, and classical piano training at age 11 by Gary Skyrme of Stanford University. Shortly after I was turned on to a Jazz artist/ Film composer by the name of Stanley Clarke who played an Alembic bass which are made in the bay area where I'm from. I bought his CD "Stanley Clarke at the Movies" and I knew I had to have an Alembic, the sounds he was making with that instrument were unlike anything I had ever heard, and by age 25 I had one. I studied bass guitar under Even Palmerston of Elvin Bishop, and Jazz Band and Theory under Mr. Bennett Friedman who was a sax player for Frank Sinatra and Marvin Gaye for 30 years. It was an awesome experience. My Uncle Matt and I went to see Al Pacino live in LA in 2006 since we are both film lovers and when I got back I studied some theater for fun as I had a new appreciation for the art of acting after seeing an absolute master of the craft like Pacino. Considering my love of film and music, it was a no brainer that I would move into the direction of film scoring. I composed my first piece on the piano at age 12 and have been doing so ever since. It's what I love and it is the only work I want to spend my life doing. Music is my language and if you listen I’ll speak to you. -- Justin Link