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Meet Zizhu Zhao of PMP Music in Silver Lake

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zizhu Zhao.

Zizhu, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was a student in USC Thornton School of Music majoring in classical piano performance and Pantawit Kiangsiri (my husband and lead composer of PMP) was in USC Thornton School of Music major in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television. During the school years, we collaborated with our friends from USC Film School, Animation School, Game School to compose and produce music for their thesis projects. We would have meetings with project creators and learning their story. Pantawit will compose the score, then I will call my performance schoolmates such as violinist, cellist to go to USC recording stage to record the score, send to mixer to mix the final score. Our work will show at the USC screening and mostly of them went to lots of film festivals around the world. More and More people like our music and want to work with us, so projects after projects we worked on 116 projects include feature films, short films, TV shows, animations, VR contents, also big event music include 2020 winter Olympic opening light show and Thai Princess’s fashion show and so on.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
So far, it is pretty smooth. Every production companies are very happy with our music and the whole working experiences. For the struggles, I would say mostly it is about the cultures, copyright laws and traveling. Since we are working for three countries, China, Thailand and USA. Different countries we will try to adapt different culture and different working flows but at the same time keep PMP’s world standard music quality. For example, in some Chinese project we may need to finish an 8 episodes web TV series in less than four weeks. We need a have a flawless teamwork to make sure we can finish high music quality of compose, revisions, live musicians recording in such a short amount of time. Other challenge we faced is how to work with small budget but delivery a high music quality score. PMP’s member are young talent artists, we all love music and stay with music for very long time, for me I start play piano since five years old and stay with music ever since. So for us, it is not only business, it is something we love, so even sometimes we got a small budget, we will still trying to do the best we can for our music.

Please tell us about PMP Music.
I am the founder of PMP. I work on anything that needed me for PMP. Such as finding new projects, meet new clients and introduce our team and work. I am also look after the contract with lawyers together. During the music production, I worked as music supervisors, supervise the whole music style and production with my team, on the other hand talk with the directors for their feedback. During the recording, I work as a score producer, I will put together the right musicians, recording studios and other team members to make sure the performance will meet the compose’s vision. For everyday, I will manage the company on almost every sides that need me.

We specialized in creating high quality of original music in varieties styles.

The thing I most proud of my company is my team, they are so talented, international and flexible to work with. My team includes composers, orchestrators, music editors and musicians, they all graduated from the top music schools in the world such as USC, Indiana University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and so on. They are from different parts of the world, like China, US, Germany, Thailand, etc. But we are able to work and support each other like a family. Most of PMP members are Bilingual, at least speaks two languages, which make international communication smooth and possible.

Long term creates original score for different countries are very difficult. It means we not only need a high level of music skills to adapt all styles, also means we need to rooted in the culture and learn different people’s way of working. Especially for scores, it is heavily on cooperation, and help other’s to tell their story. Connect the world talents together and work as one, simple and easy way of communications, easy working flows, everyone can focus more on creative. I believe PMP can do it, and we are doing it.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My husband Pantawit Kiangsiri and our PMP team members are always very supportive. When we take a project no matter in what condition we are all trying to work it out the best possible way. Example during the 2019 Christmas time and new year, we had an orchestra recording session in Prague with The city of Prague orchestra. Because the holiday our team members are back to their home. Some in Los Angeles, some in Chicago, some in Beijing, some in Bangkok. One of my team members did a time chart for everyone, so we will log in online for recording session that is happening in Prague. No one is ask for absent and late, all support to the end. In some of the time zone, the ending recording time is 2am in the morning.

Another big thanks goes to my CAA (Creative Artist Agency) agents team in Beijing, they always recommended us to new clients, believe in our talent and being very supportive. My agents and I are talked and text anytime, and they will always responds at once and try to help.

Now during the Covid 19 situation, our work is continuing with multiple projects. We all work online, meeting online, our team is still work very efficient and positive. Thank you for our clients are also very kind and understand, we are use zoom for creative meetings instead of seeing each other face to face.

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