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Rising Stars: Meet Evan Rashby

Today we’d like to introduce you to Evan Rashby.

Hi Evan, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My whole life has centered around music and movies. If I wasn’t writing songs or trying new instruments, my time was spent in the halls of Hogwarts or up on the hill with Mr. Scissorhands. I cannot imagine my life without these two passions. I grew up playing and writing music in an array of genres because I was never fully satisfied with one. In the midst of my music, I created a plethora of silly home videos that were loosely based on my favorite films as a child. It wasn’t until my last year of high school that I found myself in the perfect blend of these two worlds. I discovered the life of a film composer. There is something incredibly special and unique experiencing the way music interacts with picture. The blend of these two mediums creates a tailored visual and auditory explosion which I have found a deep obsession with. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in May of 2021 and during my time in school, I dove headfirst into Film Composition. In the last four years, I’ve worked on any project I could get my hands on including live theater, film, and advertising. Having been asked to write in my different genres and styles, I’ve had an immense amount of fun experimenting with musical storytelling. With every new project I am fortunate to be a part of, I push myself to create something truly new that hones the essence of the story because I believe that every story has something important to say.

Later this year, I will be scoring my first feature film called “Flesh and Blood” written and directed by the amazingly talented Sarah Nixon. “For as long as Fanny can remember, her family has been on the run. This is no surprise: they harbor a dark and dangerous secret. When Franny starts a relationship with a girl in her new rural town, her freedom and independence threatens to expose her family and tear them apart forever.” I am incredibly excited and grateful to start work on this inventive project!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Like any career, there will always be ups and downs, but what I’ve learned through the waves of my own is to just keep moving forward and find something to learn from in the struggles. Sometimes at the highest moments, I’ve thought to myself, “This is it!” and put an immense amount of pressure on myself to succeed that inevitably leads to a roadblock, but it usually takes these larger downfalls to realize that there will always be more opportunities to grow and adapt to my ever-changing life. I’ve failed miserably during projects that I invested serious energy into but through this all I’ve been learning to find my own voice and path that works for me and my needs. I believe failure breeds success if handled well. I love making music, and I love working on films. Keeping those two facts close to heart has helped tremendously in my career. I’ve surrounded myself and continue to meet inspiring and passionate people who bring so much joy to my life and continuously fuel my creativity. I cannot imagine my life without music and movies so I push myself to keep kicking during the larger waves because I know that life is full of chances and changes so sometimes you just have to ride it out. I’ve learned the value of patience and forgiveness. Everyone has struggles in their lives so when working on projects, I do everything I can to make the process as painless and enjoyable for my clients and coworkers as I can. Sometimes I forget to take a breath (like most professional artists) and have been finding the balance between life and work so I don’t lose my love for what I do.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a Film and Media Composer. I’ve been asked to write for a number of different projects including live theater, films and advertising. My work is very emotive and often contains a lot of subtlety and minimalism. I believe a lot can be said with few words so I translate that into my music. I don’t always write simply, but my music is always dimensional and I strive to follow the arc and hidden details of every story I’m asked to work on. Film Composing is storytelling and should always be about the needs of the picture (storyline, characters, setting…etc.) rather than the music itself. Every time I work on a new project, I aim to find essence of the story and bring my pallet into its world without taking anything else away from what existed there already. I’ve had the privilege to work with some seriously creative and intelligent people who push me to try new things and find the smaller meanings in a larger work. I love to be challenged and always grab onto new ideas when they come my way.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
Luck is definitely a part of any success. I know I’ve been very lucky with my life and career thus far. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some wonderful people along the way who believe in what I do and have helped push me forward. I’m lucky to live in a place where I’m surrounded by equally passionate individuals who thirst for their art.

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