Today we’d like to introduce you to Nadeem Majdalany.
Nadeem, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started at the age of 13 when I submitted a track for a nightclub looking for music for their television commercial and they liked it and placed it. It was the first paying job I got as a composer and knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. Prior to that, I was about eight years old when I first sat at the piano and composed a little classical piece then about a year later decided to add lyrics to it. It wasn’t very good but I was very proud of being able to accomplish that considering I had just started taking piano lessons earlier that year. I took every opportunity to showcase my work and perform whether it was in a school activity or mall piano player making my way towards college. In college, I didn’t follow the rules and went outside the academic world which gave me the opportunity to conduct the Athens Symphony Orchestra in Greece at the age of 20 years old. All these little instant decisions lead me to where I am today and shaped my character and approach to music.
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 was not a smooth road at all. It was extremely difficult. I grew up without a lot of money and earned my way through merit and experience. I couldn’t afford the gear that everyone gets started with. I remember working on a film when I first arrived in Los Angeles and my desk was two milk crates I found on the street and an old piece of scrap plywood one of my five roommates had lying around. My laptop screen was half hanging on, I had one microphone and an oxygen eight midi keyboard with two broken keys. In addition to the hardware struggles were the personal ones. Friendships and relationships are not working in sync and slowly tearing away each others dignity. Also, trying to get into an industry where I had no personal connections was probably the greatest hurdle.
What should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My business is music composition and songwriting for film and television. I take a very close and personal dive into the score and really pay attention to the intimate details the filmmakers put into their work. I like to give each score I work on a unique feel and stylistic compositional approach with a “Majdalany fingerprint” on it. Something I’m really proud of is how I have never borrowed from another score I’ve composed and the relationships with performers and artists I’ve cultivated along the way. And I can say with absolute certainty that every time I’ve been hired to compose a score I’ve been also asked to write a song whether a title song to match the score or a few songs within the film itself as source music. I think what sets me apart is the unorthodox approach I take in my score composition as well as the personalized attention a service I provide with each project.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
A proud moment of my career thus far is the recognition by filmmakers, producers, songwriters, and companies like Arturia seeing the value in the body of work I’ve continuously made a striving effort to achieve. But the most proudest moment of my career is being able to share my love and passion of music with my wife and daughter.
- Website: www.nadeemmajdalany.com
- Instagram: @majdalany
- Other: https://rcrft.co/reel/majdalany/scores
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