Dealing with the expectations, frequent mixed messages and huge budgets of Hollywood studios requires an important choice for EDM artists:
“Be a politician, or you will become a schizophrenic.”
That was the advice EDM-centric composer Henry Jackman (“X-Men: First Class”) gave attendees at Billboard’s Film & TV Music Conference on Wednesday at The W hotel in Hollywood. He was part of the “EDM Invades Hollywood” panel moderated by KCRW’s Jason Bentley. Jackman and Bentley were joined by Tom Holkenborg – better known as Junkie XL – and Mike Simpson, one-half of the legendary production team The Dust Brothers (Beck, the Beastie Boys’ “Paul’s Boutique”).
The politics of big studio pictures can be very tricky. Each of the three talked about getting their start in scoring in terms that emphasized the amount of hard work, long hours and expectations that come along with it, though none of them seem to have regretted moving in that direction one bit.
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