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Meet Guido Consoli of Consoli Composing

Today we’d like to introduce you to Guido Consoli.

Guido, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My first memories with music come from early childhood, I was so curious about my dad’s vinyl collection. Of course, I was absolutely prohibited to touch any of it at four years old. My mom became my partner in crime and would let me DJ while my dad was at work. I would sneak up to the record case, flip through each one. I was always drawn to the artwork. I can imagine myself now, choosing a big record, all white. It was Pink Floyd’s, The Wall. My absolute favorite, strange for a kid perhaps but I listened to it nonstop.

This rock opera, filled with psychedelic synthesizers and guitar power, would influence my musical journey. There have been many distinct phases in my life. I have been a long-haired prog rocker in the underground scene of Buenos Aires, a studio owner and band producer and a film scorer and band leader in Los Angeles. There is a common theme: I have always been obsessed with well-crafted, weird sounds.

In my native country of Argentina, becoming a musician is perceived as an unrealistic and risky dream, especially for parents! Let’s just say, I had to fight for my right to rock. I will keep things short and skip ahead to I landing a scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston, which was my ticket to truly focus and commit to making music my career and life. At school, I chose to specialize in studying film composing. I have since graduated and am now, well, living my dream here in LA building my career in the industry!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Definitely there where so many challenges along the way. When I say a career in music was not an option in the eyes of my parents, I was not kidding. I worked in business for many years in Argentina. The problem was I was sleeping on the job all day to play gigs all night. There just comes a point in life where you have to commit to yourself even if it means creating tension in your family. Don’t worry, though. I believe that once you are aligned with your mission and are living your truth, those around you can let go of their fear for your safety and security. My family are 100% on board with my life now!

A challenge I do not want to overlook has been adjusting to long-term life in another country/ culture. Even though I have been here five years, have married an American girl and have a business here, there are still days I just feel homesick.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Consoli Composing – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Consoli Composing provides original music and audio solutions for films and video games. I weave together both acoustic and synthesized sounds to tastefully create enriching and emotive music to support the filmic story. I specialize in horror, drama and suspense – dark sounds, you might say. I thrive on projects that expand human awareness and challenge social norms whether fiction or documentaries.

I am most proud of my recent collaboration on an activist documentary with director Sam Vinal called L’EAU EST LA VIE: From Standing Rock to the Swamp. It follows the story of the fight by indigenous woman against the Louisiana pipeline (the continuation of the Standing Rock pipeline). It is currently in festivals and the soundtrack is getting a lot of recognition! Also, I just finished an experimental short film called Echo, focused on the human condition through the lens of archival footage with film editor Brandon Watts. For this project, I composed in the style of the “Golden era of Cinema,” orchestrated and dramatic, inspired by the work of Bernard Herrmann.

What sets me apart…my music is original and has a clear signature. I love to experiment and explore alternatives to typical film scores. I am passionate, almost to a fault, giving my heart and soul to each project that comes my way. There is nothing more invigorating than finding the sweet spot; where the score heightens a scene to evoke complete audience engagement. I could go on and on…

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Bette Miller, Erin Noelle

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