TeenWolfOnline: What got you into music? How did you start your career?
I’ve been involved in music ever since I was a kid. I remember winning some guitar lessons from a local music store as part of a school raffle when I was about seven. After that, I was hooked! I decided I wanted to become a guitar player and go to music school, so I went to USC and majored in Studio/ Jazz Guitar. After I graduated, I worked with a lot of pop and r&b bands. Later, I transitioned into playing in rock bands. I worked during these years as a sideman or guitar-player-for-hire. It was a lot of fun- I have a lot of great memories of that period.
Is being involved in music something that runs in the family?
As a matter of fact, yes! My brother, Marco, is a great drummer. We’ve worked with people together back when I was working as a guitarist, and he’s working with Phillip Phillips and Lee Dewyze right now.
What is your favorite Teen Wolf track?
Oh, boy! Well, they say your best work should always be ahead of you, so I’ll say my favorite track is one I haven’t written yet! 😉
Do you have more projects coming up?
Yes- nothing I can talk about quite yet, but it’s shaping up to be a really fun year. 😉
How long does it take to complete a new track?
That really depends on what the track is and how long it is. For example, if it’s a big action or horror scene where there’s a lot of sound design and I’m hitting a lot of action points, that can take a lot longer than something where characters are talking, and I just have to lay down a cool little bed underneath that.
What kind of work/profession would you do if composing music hadn’t worked out?
Definitely something in the tech industry. I’m a big tech guy. We use so much tech as composers, it’s hard not to be really involved with that stuff.
Q: Who is your idol?
Composer-wise? That’s a loaded question! There are so many great composers doing stuff right now, it’s almost impossible to pick. If I had to pick one guy, however, it would have to be Ennio Morricone.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Mostly the back of Kombucha bottles.
Do you use some kind of motive/emotion of a character or situation to create a track?
Absolutely. All of the major characters and situations have themes. I use these and vary them depending on what’s happening onscreen.
If so, what kind of style do you have in mind then?
For Teen Wolf, we definitely have established a style over the past two seasons. We have certain sounds and instruments that are a part of our tonal palate. That being said, I always try to add new things and broaden the sound of the show while still keeping it recognizable.
Do you think about creating a track before or after you’ve seen an episode?
I do get scripts and make notes about themes and what goes where, but I find that I need to see an episode at least once to really get an idea for what the whole show will sound like. It’s important to see things like the director’s use of light and color so you can compliment what that person is doing. After that, the editors really have a huge effect on the feel of the show- whether they cut fast or slow, what takes they choose. I have a great relationship with our editors at Teen Wolf, and I have a lot of respect for what they do. Once I watch the show down with an editor, it really begins a collaborative process between everybody involved, especially with Jeff Davis, the show’s creator, EP, and showrunner.
I know you can’t spill much but so far this season, what scene has been your favourite to compose as far as music goes and what characters have featured in it?
Hmmm… that sounds like you’re trying to get spoilers out of me! There is some really interesting stuff in episode five that is very different from everything else we’ve been doing on the show. How about that? 😉
I’d like to thank Dino Meneghin and his management for taking the time to answer these questions. It’s been great talking to you and I can’t wait to see what is in store for you next! Wish you the best!