John Powell is a composer who has created scores for Hollywood blockbusters including Antz, Shrek, the Bourne films, Ice Age, Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon for which he won an Oscar and Ivor Novello award.
M was lucky enough to visit James at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London to watch him recording the score to Batman Live. James also took the time between recordings to chat to us about his career and give us an insight into composing for film and television.
M caught up with Paul, Steve, iconic guitarist Jimmy Page and super-producer Trevor Horn at the Ivor Novello Awards ceremony. Watch our video to hear what these legendary artists have to say about the ingredients of a great song and the importance of music royalties.
Welsh composer Paul Mealor, 35, hit the headlines when his choral piece Ubi Caritas debuted at the Royal Wedding, cementing Paul’s reputation as one of Britain’s leading composers. He talks to M about the ensuing media whirlwind, reveals what it is like to be a young composer in Britain today, and offers some advice for up-and-coming talent.
Dubliner Conor O’Brien, who heads up award-winning folk troupe Villagers, wrote his first song aged 12.
His brother had just lent him an acoustic guitar and while he was picking his way round the instrument, Conor penned his first lyric: ‘When I’m walking down these streets, I feel like a monkey in the Arctic.’ The song, called Psychic, was about being afraid of a friend who could read people’s thoughts.…