John Young (22) is a UK-based composer who specialises in music for film. He is an Oxford music graduate, violinist (National Children's Orchestra, Junior Royal Academy of Music, Oxford University Orchestra), pianist (99% LTCL diploma distinction, National Youth Jazz Collective, Pianoman scholarship) (read more), pop, rock and electronic keyboard-synth player, and a founding member of five-piece jazz-electronic band Wandering Wires.
He has composed the soundtracks of several trailers, short films and theatrical productions and dozens of independent compositions, mostly programmatic. He has composed for films submitted to major international festivals, and he has credits to his name on IMDb for Martin Friar's First Kiss (Red Spire Films) and The Sex Lives of Eels (directed by Silas Elliott and Luke Rollason), which made the official selection for the Vault Film Festival 2017. Recently he has broken into the world of advertising music as a new recruit of top London music production company A-Mnemonic Music Productions.
John's eclectic compositional styles draw from his classical and jazz training, as well as experience in popular and electronic music. His most distinguishing trait is his strong, observant and inquisitive ear, which allows him to match his compositions accurately to the vibe and narrative of a film or emotional nuances of a scene, or to a stylistically unfamiliar temp track.
In first person
"The first thing I worked out on piano, as a small boy, was probably the theme from Samuel Whiskers. Growing up I had a penchant for working out themes and improvising, experimenting with combinations of chords and notes the way a child grows up mixing colours, and nurturing natural aural skills. As an eight-year-old I remember the evocative sound of John Barry's "Dances With Wolves" filling the car during a striking sunset. It was on a compilation CD of some of Barry's best film themes, and his music was a foundation for my desire to become a film composer six years later.
There is nothing as fulfilling as creating — as transforming a blank canvas into a work of art, imparting a piece of yourself into a sensory and intellectually- stimulating object of beauty — and then experiencing what you have made, and sharing it with others. I find that music is the best form of creating; it reaches right into our emotional core. It tells a story; it creates emotions, atmospheres and worlds. A similar ideal is shared by any good director, whose film heightens these qualities in the music of the soundtrack, providing more specificity, humanity and narrative for an otherwise more abstract medium. Everything is then amplified by the adrenaline-charged cinematic platform: the dark room full of other people, the big screen, surround sound, full focus, a thrilling HD audio-visual experience that casts the illusion of transporting you through space and time. Film and music are the perfect, mutually enhancing duo."
Freelance Composer - A-Mnemonic Music Productions
Mar 2018 - Present
Freelance Composer - Free Bird Film
Oct 2017 - Present
Keyboards/synthesisers, composer, violinist, arranger, producer - Wandering Wires (Five-Piece Jazz-Electronic Band)
Mar 2016 - Present
Composer for Blue Boy Short Film - Verity Upton (Met Film School, London)
Oct 2017 - Nov 2017
Composer for The Monitor Short Film - Directed by Serena Yagoub and Molly Ludlam-Steinke
Apr 2016 - Apr 2016
Composer for Martin Friar's First Kiss Short Film - Red Spire Films, directed by Megan Gibbons
Apr 2016 - Apr 2016
Composer for The Arbor Short Film - Requiem Pictures, directed by Shannon Britton
Apr 2016 - Apr 2016
Composer for "the sex lives of eels" Short Film - Directed by Silas Elliott and Luke Rollason
Dec 2015 - Dec 2015
Composer for Fragmented Short Film - Direted by Nicholas Cruz (Greenwich University)
Jun 2015 - Jun 2015
Piano Performance - Licentiate of Trinity College London - Pianoman Scholarship with Mr Richard Meyrick
Jan 2009 - Aug 2017
Music - Bachelors Degree - University of Oxford
Oct 2014 - Jun 2017
Music, History, German, French - A Levels - County Upper School, Bury St Edmunds
Sep 2012 - Jul 2013
Violin, Composition, Conducting, General Musicianship - N/A - Royal Academy of Music (Junior Department), London
Sep 2011 - Jul 2013
Violin - N/A - National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain
Sep 2005 - Aug 2009
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