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Meet Federico Torri

Today we’d like to introduce you to Federico Torri.

Federico, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started playing piano as a child, studying classical music. Later I switched to electric bass and guitar, which allowed me to be a part of several bands. That’s when I started writing songs and discovered my passion for composing music. I was also very interested in recording and producing those songs and these aspects have now become an integral part of my work, where I often combine live instruments with electronic instruments and sound design.

As soon as I finished high school, I enrolled in a music composition bachelor’s degree so that I could further my knowledge and get experience writing for orchestras and ensembles. In 2018, I moved to LA from Florence (Italy) to study film music at USC where I got my master’s degree and was awarded the Harry Warren Endowed scholarship.
Now I am working between LA and Europe as a composer, producer and orchestrator. So far, I have composed the music for several films, animations and commercials, I have worked on a Netflix film, I have orchestrated the music on different movies (from Hollywood productions to European independent films) and at the moment I am working on some new films while also producing the album of Mathias Coppens (a great Belgian composer!) and writing songs for an upcoming project.

Great, 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?
It hasn’t been a smooth road, but I’m very glad for all the opportunities I’ve had and for what I’m doing now. Of course I’ve had to make sacrifices along the way and I’ve spent endless days working and studying too many hours so that I could learn everything I know. Most of the skills I use today I’ve actually learnt on my own and school was a place for me to further my knowledge and improve those skills. In order to deliver high-quality music, you need a lot of artistry and attention to detail, and that takes time. You only get to the best results when you’re willing to try new things.

I feel very lucky to have a job doing something I love to do but it’s also easy to forget everything else, so you need to find that balance between work and leisure…I find it very important to do things other than music because it’s easy to be unproductive when you don’t do something different that enriches you, and that’s especially true with creative jobs. I can say it hasn’t always been that simple! And then of course, you have to look for jobs…that’s another hard task, but it can also be fun. You’ll be rejected or ignored a lot of times, but after a while you start enjoying contacting people and one of them will say yes! It’s paramount to believe in yourself and your music, otherwise nobody else will.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I compose music for films and I write/produce songs for some bands that I play in. I also produce music for other artists and orchestrate music for other film composers.

Having a very diverse background (from classical music to rock and electronic music) I like to enrich my music by blending some very contrasting elements like a refined harmonic language and soft orchestral textures with electronic beats and sound design. I always try to create music that’s unique and original while still being accessible and enjoyable.

When I write music for films, I compose in the style that best fits the film, but I also try to keep my own voice which will ultimately be what sets me apart from other composers. I will always try to include electronic elements, sound design and orchestral textures as long as it fits the needs of the film.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Personally, what was key to making it in the film and music industry was my curiosity, perseverance and the strong desire to do what I’m doing. My curiosity is what led me to learn what I know and push myself out of my comfort zone, always trying to create something new; my perseverance pushed me to always try my best, striving to improve on every new project. And finally, my strong desire is what gave me the strength and willpower to go through it all and be where I am today.

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