Keeping Yourself in the Music | with Film & Television Composer Pat Irwin - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 83

Published on:

8th Feb 2023

Keeping Yourself in the Music | with Film & Television Composer Pat Irwin

Today’s guest is New York based composer and musician Pat Irwin. Pat has spent over four decades pushing the boundaries of popular music with his soundtracks for television shows such as Dexter: New Blood, Nurse Jackie, Bored to Death and scores for animations including Rocko’s Modern Life and Sponge Bob Square Pants. He also performed with the B-52s for twenty years, was a founding member of two New York No Wave bands, The Raybeats and 8 Eyed Spy, and still performs and releases music today with his ambient project SUSS. We chat about letting yourself come through score, working with a live band in the studio, the importance of being able to do your own copy work, hiring people that elevate you, and why the world needs more musicians and artists.

πŸ—’ In this episode we'll dig in on... πŸ—’

  • Working with John Cage
  • Playing in the B-52s
  • The early days of MTV
  • Reasons to use Digital Performer for scoring
  • Hiring people that elevate you and make you better
  • Scoring Dexter: New Blood
  • The New York art seen in the 80s
  • CBGB and Max's Kansas City
  • Ambient Country
  • Scoring cartoons while on the road

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Guest: Pat Irwin

Host: Travis Ference

Editor: Stephen Boyd

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Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Host Travis Ference chats with music producers, engineers, mixers, artists, musicians, and songwriters about the tips, tricks, mindsets, and ideas that helped them define their careers.
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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.