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Conversations with Robby Good

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robby Good.

Hi Robby, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started composing when I was around 12 years old and had the revelation that the music I liked to listen to didn’t actually appear out of thin air like magic and was instead written by people who, I believed, were just like me. Eventually, my curiosity guided me towards public composition classes at CalArts, which introduced me to the world of classical (and, in particular, modern classical) music, and I haven’t turned back since. I started taking private composition lessons, was accepted into the Los Angeles Philharmonic Composer Fellowship Program in high school, and essentially just tried to keep my ears open and attentive to whatever new experiences I would be introduced to next. Come time to enter university, I applied and was accepted to UCLA, and I have been using the countless opportunities I’ve created while here to explore and broaden my musical language and knowledge, as well as to further myself down the direction of writing music for film, television and video games, which was where my love of music truly started from.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think that, in general, most of the struggles on the road have come from myself. As I’ve been growing and learning as a composer, I’ve had to come to grips with a lot of decisions that I’ve felt the need to make as an artist: what kinds of music do I really want to write? Is my writing “good” enough for where I am right now? Is this something that I genuinely want to pursue as a lifetime career? What is my identity as a composer? And I came to realize that these aren’t questions that have a definitive answer, let alone one that I’m going to reach anytime soon, but the act of consistently pursuing a path that will guide me forward is the most beneficial and exciting path I feel I can take.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a composer! I love writing music of all kinds, all different genres, and collaborating with musicians that are just as passionate and intimate with their craft as I am. Currently, my sights are set on writing music for video games, films, animations and any form of visual media out there, as it’s what set my heart down this road to begin with, but I find excitement just from the act of writing music, regardless of what kind or medium. I don’t tend to worry about the rest; so long as I’m working on projects that make me or other people happy and am spreading my music to as many people as I can, I don’t think I could be more satisfied.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I’m 25% Taiwanese!

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