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Meet Marcello De Francisci

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcello De Francisci.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
After residing in Spain for some time back in the early nineties, it felt necessary for me to settle in Los Angeles and pursue a career as a film composer. At the time, I had formed an electronic band with two other members known as “Alma Tadema”. We produced an album titled “Blinded By Passion”, and shortly after received word that some of the tracks had been awarded placement in Spanish TV spots covering the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. I had studied classical painting during this period and was pursuing a career as visual artist. Music was really a hobby, as I have no formal training. My desire to create music was simply an asset to inspire me while I painted. The creation of this album however was the breaking point that pushed me to consider film music as a serious endeavor. Knowing there was not much opportunity in Spain, I basically packed up one day and left everything and everyone I cherished behind. After landing in Venice Beach it took about a year and a half to attain my first experience in the film industry during an internship at Media Ventures, now better known as Remote Control Productions. There I received first-hand experience of the intricate film scoring process, which frankly kicked my butt quite a bit… It served, however, as a valuable resource of information that I am quite grateful for and take advantage of until this very day.

After a few years of working odd jobs in the field for free, including multiple failed attempts at finding full-time staff writer positions with established composers and music houses, I took it upon myself to forge my own path. There was no alternative. It was a scary time and the years kept passing me by. It took a while but in 2003, I finally found the financial means to set up shop in a tiny little office space in “Korea Town”, near downtown Los Angeles. I recall how the entire building, once a hospital, now reeked of garlic Kimchi. Next to my space was a dental office that housed its operation room directly adjacent to my writing booth. On occasion, I would hear a kid screaming next door during some dental procedure, meanwhile I’d be writing a score to a low budget horror film. I cannot imagine what that poor soul experienced listening to horror music emanating through the walls while getting some wisdom tooth pulled out. Here I was, having left a high paying nine to five job to take this leap of faith, now writing music to ridiculously low budget films after having jumped cold turkey into the film “Business” side of things with no real contacts.

Prior to leaving my job, I had done a lot of research online and downloaded just about every industry contact resource available to man, listing every professional in my field… Slowly but surely, I started calling everybody and anybody to get work and somehow, the gigs started to come in. I have kept going ever since and every project has been a journey in itself and a stepping-stone toward refining my skills… I like this field because it is a path to knowledge. The more you know and experience, the more it reflects on your work and one as a professional. The challenge is to stay humble. I also encourage my peers to keep their ears open, especially when it comes to listening to other composers. It is how one grows and keeps moving forward, furthermore better services the client in the end.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Every field has its challenges regardless of one presses onward and upwards.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am a composer/producer for the film industry, video games, trailers and television.

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Jane Got A Gun, Samsara, Balibo

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