Today we’d like to introduce you to Lance Treviño.
Lance, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am an aficionado of film, video games and the music that accompanies them. I got started in music from an early age, pecking out my favorite tunes on the piano from age three and continuing on to learn pieces by ear predominantly. I then got into high school band playing trumpet. I focused on multiple instruments at the time including, piano, guitar, trumpet, and voice and went on to compete in state competitions holding the record for most state medals won at my high school. Senior year, I turned my interests towards writing and arranging, making full fledged arrangements of my favorite film tunes for our concert band to play. I then went on to study composition with Dr. Stephen Lias at Stephen F. Austin State University for my undergrad with one year being spent abroad at the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart, Tasmania. While there I studied under Mark Buys, a prolific film composer and musician in his own right, who set me on the path towards film composition and digital music production. I still heavily favored the more traditional approach of writing for live musicians, but he helped me to learn the value of being able to sequence and generate polished scores on your own. This skill proved invaluable as I matured to assisting and ghostwriting in Los Angeles.
After my undergrad, I studied at the USC Thornton Screen Scoring program for a year, gaining my degree certificate and a multitude of connections that helped set me on the path I am currently forging today. Most recently, I’ve arranged strings alongside Yoko Kanno on a viral arrangement of The Real Folk Blues that made it to number one on Amazon Music in Japan. Since starting professionally, I’ve worked on a multitude of projects in various capacities including, American Girl, Chef’s Table, Devious Maids, Beyblade Burst Evolutions, Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Long Haul, The Walking Dead, Escape at Dannemora, Snowpiercer, Cowboy Bebop, and various projects in collaboration with Pantawit Music Productions.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Working in entertainment is never the easy path. My first few years were quite intense having multiple casual jobs and assistantships while trying to work on my own freelance projects as well. Ultimately, I was able to secure a stable position as lead assistant at a music studio in Burbank which enabled me to balance the workload and stay afloat until I could focus predominantly on freelance writing. It was certainly an uphill climb, but I’ve been very fortunate to have a solid network of friends and colleagues to help see me through along the way.
Please tell us about your work.
My job is to make emotive and powerful music for multimedia. I strive to go above and beyond with my clients, helping them to realize the full potential of their projects with musical scores that underpin the subtext and gravitas of the stories they tell. I’m flexible, timely, and always amenable to feedback. My dedication to detail, work ethic, and attitude are key to setting me apart in this diverse landscape.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had a mulligan on my studies and career, I would have put more emphasis on foreign language and films during my studies and less on the trumpet. Being able to blast the theme from Star Wars is great every once in a while, but there’s so much to gain from studying foreign cinema!
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- Audio Recording costs at $50 per studio hour
- Audio Editing costs at 40$ per hour
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