On this Jeff Rona interview: Jeff gets in-depth and personal, sharing his journey to the top, and it definitely wasn’t easy. Getting turned on to soundtracks and the career and musical doors this opened… how he got session work and ultimately ghostwriting for movies. Starting and growing his Music Library, Liquid Cinema… Types of music that get licensed most… when you’re most “qualified” to do pretty much anything… Cool stories about working with Hans Zimmer, Barry Levinson, Maurice White, Don Ellis (very cool!), Jon Hassell, Brian Eno, and others… How he markets his production company, KEY things you need to know about working with and forming healthy and productive relationships with producers, directors, and music supervisors… Questions to ask that help you determine how to write your scores. A terrible tragedy his parents dealt with, low points in his life and how he dealt with them. AWESOME convo, super sincere, tons of insight into the licensing business!
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JEFF RONA owns one of the biggest music production companies (music libraries) in America, Liquid Cinema. He’s also an an award-winning music composer for film, TV, and video games, as well as a recording artist and producer. He was initially an in-demand studio musician, arranger, sound designer, synthesist, and music programmer working in Los Angeles and New York. After working with legendary record producers such as Maurice White, David Foster, Albhy Galuten, Malcolm Cecil and others, he collaborated on film music with Philip Glass, Mark Isham, Lisa Gerrard & Basil Poledouris. He’s had longstanding relationships with composers Hans Zimmer & Cliff Martinez.
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Jeff’s scored dozens of film and TV projects with filmmakers including Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Wong Kar-wai, Robert Altman, Steven Soderbergh, Mark Pellington, Stephen Hopkins, Jonathan Demme, Frank Darabont, and many others.
Movie soundtracks Jeff’s scored or contributed to, include Black Hawk Down, Mission Impossible 2, Generation Iron 1 & 2, Traffic, The Lion King, The Thin Red Line, Prince of Egypt, The Net (Sandra Bullock), Sea of Life (Documentary), Shelter Island, Toys (Robin Williams), The Fan and literally dozens of other major motion pictures
Jeff’s written music for video games: God of War 3, Far Cry 4, Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, Transformers, Resident Evil 2, Crossfire, Devil May Cry 5 & Bright Memory: Infinite
He’s toured with Brian Eno, Lisa Gerrard (solo) and Dead Can Dance, and composed music for the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. His music appears in numerous Oscar, Peabody, BAFTA and Emmy award-winning projects, as well as countless film festival honors. He is a three-time recipient of the ASCAP Film and Television Music Award