Monday, August 21, 2017

Music: Meet talented Musician and Composer Ninichi





Hi, readers, we're on the roll with talented musicians lately and we'd love to introduce you to yet another fantastic artist. For the writers out there - her music would be awesome on book trailers! Check her out below.

Tell us a little about your background and where you are from.

Hello! I'm Ninichi and I'm a composer. I make music for games, films and media. This means that I write game music soundtracks, scores for films and also music for YouTube channels, web series, podcasts and more! 

I'm based in the UK and my parents are from Thailand and so I feel very lucky to have an understanding of both western and eastern cultures. 

You have a great background for art and culture. When did you realize you had a calling for music?

I started the violin when I was 3 and the piano when I was 4 years old. I was inspired originally by my older sister who played these instruments and my parents who have always loved and greatly valued music and all it can offer.

Music has always been a huge part of my life therefore, and I think that I've always known that it was what I was put here to do! I started composing some pieces and songs for fun when I was young but only took this more seriously when I entered my first composition competition (when I was 18) at the Royal College of Music and won it. 

I enjoy playing music very much but have always felt in my heart that making music is my true purpose.

Congratulations, what great accomplishments! Who was your greatest influence to follow in the music career? Why?

My first inspiration and experience of music came from my older sister. Then there are many composers and music artists out there who I admire for their various talents. However one person I'm very grateful to is my piano teacher, Richard Greenwood, (who sadly left this world some years ago). I studied with him at the Royal College of Music, London and he was someone who I felt always believed in me. He encouraged me to keep creating music and just enjoying it however I could - whether it was playing it, learning about it or making music.

It’s fantastic that you had such a wonderful opportunity to study at the Royal College of Music in London. What drove you to start composing scores?

I'm not really sure if I'm honest! In some ways it was my own laziness. I would have to practise the violin and piano for hours in order to learn other people's pieces and to perform them well, but soon I realised that for me, making up music of my own to play was much easier! I didn't need to practise for hours - I could just play what I heard in my head and it made sense to me!

I’ve always felt like a music maker rather than a performer and so composing and creating music in different ways has always been my true calling! 


Just love your honest answer! What's your favorite movie score? Why? Has it helped shape your work in any way?

This is a tough question. There is no one movie score which I love but instead lots of different tunes, melodies and particular moments in movies. For me - it is all about how music makes you feel, that sticks with me.

The Wonder Woman theme tune is awesome as was the Pacific Rim theme tune. Schlinder's list touches the soul and the Godfather - what a classic! Hans Zimmer is where he is for a reason and Ramin Djawadi deserves the recognition he's getting. Such talents.

Oh yes, the Wonder Woman theme is simply epic! How do you draw inspiration to compose?

I draw inspiration from many sources and love the music from people like Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yiruma, William Joseph and Lindsay Stirling, as well as having grown up learning and loving music from classical composers such as Brahms, Debussy, Chopin, Stravinsky, Schumann - there are so many to choose from. 

Music can be heard in films, in games, in TV shows, on the radio and all around us. I'm constantly discovering and appreciating new music each day and that's the joy of it!

Indeed, music is such an intrinsic part of our lives. What kind of score do you prefer to compose?

I mostly compose soundtracks for games and I think that my style of composing and music generally fits this very well. My mind works in melodies and emotions, and for games it's all about creating the right mood and feeling for what's going in the game. Music serves a clear purpose which is to immerse the player in the game world, to enhance their enjoyment of it and their experience and to basically bring the game to life.

You can have a listen to some of my game music here: http://ninichimusic.com/game-music

What's the best music you've composed? Why?

This is a hard question! I don’t really have one favourite. I go through phases where I like certain pieces that I’ve composed and/or I like different tracks for different reasons. 



I’m also very lucky in that I get to compose music in a wide range of styles and so I usually tend to like what I’m working on as I work on it, since each project and piece gives me the chance to be creative and to explore the possibilities in music, in a different way.

A few of my pieces to highlight perhaps are:
This was great to work on and was for a TV series.

This piece along with some of my older piano works are more raw and are works with a deeper meaning for me.

This track was never actually used in the end, which I feel is a shame, but I had great fun blending the Japanese/oriental with a retro gaming feel and think it’s a fairly unique piece.

You’re very talented! What are you working on now and what are your plans for the future?

I’ve just finished working on 2 games. The first had a track called Le Fairy Noir in it, which was amazing to work on. I was asked to create something ‘Modern Noir’. This is what came out! They loved it and so do I:

The other was the first part to the soundtrack for a game called Arty Swirly Colourful, by Owl Sanctuary Studios: https://soundcloud.com/ninichi/sets/art-swirly-colourful-ost. It’s an exploratory game and the music is meant to be relaxing and soothing yet hopefully not put you to sleep!

Right now, I’ve started on a new soundtrack for a game called Underworld for Ravensbard Studios. This is all chiptune / 8-bit music, which is the old traditional style of music that you get in old retro games. 

My plans are to continue with my composing career and to hopefully keep working with talented game developers and film producers. I would like to work on more films and TV productions as my portfolio and network in these areas is still relatively small. Having said that, I do love creating game music soundtracks and would like to work with more established games studios as well as independent game developers.

As well as creating music for commercial use (games and films), I’m also in the process of launching a music publishing company. This will offer sheet music for violinists and pianists initially, and will focus on the fantasy genre.  I’m hoping to be able announce a kickstarter for the first release, towards the end of the year! (In the meantime, keep your eye on www.ninichiandxelafish.com)

Great plans! Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I’m a big supporter of indie projects generally and have a fairly well read blog on my site: http://ninichimusic.com/ninichi-blog/.  I try to publish interesting articles each week which aim to share insights into music making, marketing, upcoming indie games / films / podcasts and more!
If you’d like to learn more about me or to get help with the music for your game, film or project, please check out http://ninichimusic.com/

Follow me on Twitter @ninichimusic -
https://twitter.com/ninichimusic
See my soundcloud: soundcloud.com/ninichi
https://m.soundcloud.com/ninichi 


You’re amazingly creative and talented! Maybe you can even work on scores for book trailers some time. Thank you so much for your time, and we wish you much success in your future endeavours.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Music: Interview with German Musician and Songwriter Mister Tetzentheil



To find out more about this musician who's constantly creating new music, read below. And don't forget to subscribe to his youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDCzd6blNRcZVRHb0xZcidw

Please tell us a little about your background and where you are from.

I grew up in Munich, Bavaria, Germany without father and without siblings. School was horror to me. They either picked on me or wanted to make use of my achievements copying my homework and stuff. I finished High School and then studied medicine. But due to my health, I had to break up with that dream.

When did you realize you had a calling for music?

About two years ago, I had everything at home that a studio needed and was unemployed. My brain shot out new lyrics every day, and I would play with the chords on my guitar until they’d fit them. I started to breed the impossible-seeming dream I could break through with my music.

Seems like a big change in career paths. Who was your greatest influence to follow in the music career? Why?

Discovering my mentor Captain Schwilly. He’d promise nothing, but seemed to be everywhere at the same time. He gave me tons of encouragement and had the parole: "The music industry is full of sharks! Take ownership of your own career!” And he showed me a functioning concept on how to gain fans without any record deal. Which I partially yet have put into practice.

That’s interesting! Do you also write the lyrics and compose the songs?


I have an allergy against covering. This only happened once, but it was a friend of mine who sang and played guitar in that piece. Otherwise, my lyrics and my riffs are 100% my own ideas. Ideas that sometimes frighten me because they are so perverted (not in the sexual sense).

It’s great to be creative and full of ideas. When was the first time you performed live and how did you feel?

It was back in 1998 when I had to sing a Greek song by Mikis Theodorakis on a school concert. I was so nervous I’d visit the next church and pray 30 min ahead of the gig. But as I saw, from the corner of my eye, my old Latin teacher swing along as I was playing, I lost concentration for a second and that second was too much. We messed the end of the song up. (“We” was my first band!).

I’m sure you were a nervous wreck! Is there a specific performance you feel was your best so far? If so, where and why?

My best performance was in a hospital ward. My co-patients gathered around me and listened and even suggested for me to participate in the "Deutschland sucht den Superstar" (similar to “America’s next top singer” in Germany). They said I was so shy and an introvert, but as they watched me perform, this perception was eradicated…

Sounds like a great experience. What do you enjoy the most between your interactions with the fans?

The sudden cordiality and leaving people behind in a good mood and somehow united.



Indeed, music can bring people together. How do you draw inspiration to write your music? 

I’ve lived such intense life and often swayed in my 39 years, but all detours in my life enrichened me. You could lock me up in prison and I’d still write, I have a big treasure box inside.

What are you working on now and what are your plans for the future? Where can we find and buy your music?

I’m working on Mailerlite to get a reasonable squeeze page and thus get to collect E-Mail addresses of people who I’m engaged with. “Fans” is a dumb word. Either best friends or super fans ;-) You can find over 70 partially embarrassing pieces on youtube by “Mister Tetzentheil” or by mister_tetzentheil on Sound cloud. Or visit my URL mistertetzentheil.com. I’m planning to upload at least one good rated song onto Spotify in order to get noticed by more than just music industry representatives who are out mostly to scam you and charge money in advance, later telling you what you’ve got to wear and what to sing...

Good luck with your music! Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I’d just like to add that you please not mistake me for arrogant. Yesterday, I was so moved by an unsigned young rap singer that I offered him the top position on my URL´s front page. Not to patronize him, but for the win-win situation. And I don’t want to patronize and despise anyone. I love networking with colleagues, but soon will have to ride a more sober trail since philanthropy doesn’t get my fridge filled...

Thank you for your time telling us a little about you and your music!