"A good TV theme, DOES have Pavlovian powers!" ~ Jonathan Wolff
On this week's episode of the Smartcast we invite acclaimed musician and composer Jonathan Wolff. Jonathan is the man behind the iconic Seinfeld theme as well as having written the music for over 75 primetime series.
Creating a sonic brand is this week's theme as Jonathan discusses the many intricacies of establishing oneself as not only a musician, but also a brand in the creative arts.
The story about his musical journey is something of wonder. He's a masterful pianist that is both entertaining and informative. Listen this week how a young artist from Kentucky became a Hollywood music icon, a composer for TV’s most well-loved shows (including Seinfeld, Will and Grace, Married With Children, SavedByTheBell: The College Years, Caroline In The City) and now a public speaker advocating the arts to the world!
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David Buckley most recently created the score for the summer action blockbuster “Jason Bourne,” directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Matt Damon. David has also scored the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy “The Brothers Grimsby,” for director Louis Leterrier, and “The Nice Guys” for Shane Black & Joel Silver.
David's previous film credits include the Joel Schumacher-directed thrillers “Trespass” and “Blood Creek”, Ben Affleck’s crime drama “The Town”, action film “Parker” directed by Taylor Hackford, and Rob Minkoff’s fantasy adventure “The Forbidden Kingdom.” For the small screen, he has composed the music for the hit CBS drama series “The Good Wife”, “Mercy Street” for PBS and "BrainDead" for CBS.
Born in England, Buckley’s first involvement with film music was as a cathedral choirboy performing on Peter Gabriel’s score for Martin Scorsese’s THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST. He continued his musical education at Cambridge University where he subsequently taught. After graduating, he moved to London and began a successful career writing music for TV shows and commercials. In 2006, Buckley moved to Los Angeles, where he began collaborating with Harry Gregson-Williams, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, and John Ottman on film scores, including “Shrek the Third,” “Flushed Away,” “The Number 23” and “Gone Baby Gone,” as well as the television specials like “Shrek the Halls.”
He has also written music for such films as “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Big Eyes,” “Winter’s Tale,” and “American Hustle” and his music was featured in David O’Russell’s “Joy”. His credits also include writing the music for a number of game platforms including “Batman Arkham Knight” (WB/Rocksteady).
Buckley was recently honored as a "BRIT TO WATCH" by BAFTA and has been the recipient of numerous BMI AWARDS.
Christopher French is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from San Jose, California. As a teenage guitarist, he started writing songs with a 4-track tape recorder in his bedroom. He spent his formative years touring with punk and alternative rock bands, developing his stage presence and voice, both as a singer and as a songwriter.
He currently composes the score for the half hour comedy Young and Hungry, on Freeform, he composed the music for short films Limina and Condolences, composed the song Welcome to The Night, which is featured in the film Authors Anonymous, the theme for Life Flight on Lifetime, the music on commercials for Summer’s Eve, Advance Auto Parts and several Fruit of the Loom spots,
Chris is also a music Producer for British indie folk singer Josh Beech, Actress/Singer Ashley Tisdale, Bluebird aka Brianna Cuoco, the bands Whisper City, a duo with Kyle Moorman, Annie Automatic and Palmerston.
Chris plays guitar, keyboards, sings with an impressive range, writes, produces and mixes music.