Andrew Johnson: Anticipating Notes, Ghostwriting, and Impressing Your Audience Before Your Peers - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 13

Published on:

30th Dec 2020

Andrew Johnson: Anticipating Notes, Ghostwriting, and Impressing Your Audience Before Your Peers

This week's guest is film and television composer Andrew Johnson. Andrew started his career as an assistant for composer James S. Levine at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control facility. While there he worked on hit shows such as Glee, American Horror Story, Royal Pains, Major Crimes, and many more. We chat about learning the art of film composing from the greats, getting jobs from the places you don't expect, meeting deadlines by forcing decision making instead of creativity, and the numbers game of library production music.

In this episode, we'll dig in on...

  • Impressing your peers vs impressing your audience
  • Working at Han Zimmer's Remote Control
  • Scoring your own wedding
  • Master/Apprentice model of learning a craft
  • Getting a job from a guy that knows a guy that knows a guy
  • Ghostwriting
  • Treating looking for work a job
  • The numbers game of library music
  • Acting like every job is your big break
  • Demo season
  • Anticipating your notes as a means of inspiration

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Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Interviews highlighting successful careers in music and breaking down the steps it took to achieve their goals.
I do not believe the people who have thriving careers and fulfilling lives in music can look back and attribute it all to “luck”. At some point in their career they committed themselves to a goal and took steps to achieve that goal. That's what Progressions is here to highlight. We will set you up for success by bringing you an array of interviews with guests from all parts of the industry. By focusing on identifying significant steps and turning points in their careers we hope to inspire you to set big goals for yourself and by doing so design the music career that you've always dreamed of.
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Travis Ference

Travis Ference is a Grammy nominated mixer, producer, and recording engineer based out of Los Angeles, CA. With over a decade of experience in the music business he has worked on multiple #1 albums, several top 10's, numerous RIAA platinum and gold certified records, as well as hit TV shows and blockbuster films. His work can be heard on more than 15 million albums sold and billions streams worldwide.

The inspiration for his podcast came from his journey over the last 5 years to redefine what success is for him, to take control of his time, and to ultimately live the life he wants while making the records he loves.