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After Hell Collaboration — Last Stand

Oliver Sadie on August 13, 2013 23:42

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    Hello, I'm Oliver Sadie, composer for film and tv and executive producer of upcoming tv show After Hell.

    After Hell is a pilot for a post-apocalyptic zombie tv show originated by Alexander Hölzl starring Dirk Benedict, Richard Hatch and Cathy Zimmermann. Written by British screenwriter Bob Jones, the pilot will be shot in UltraHD 4K format.

    • Where are you all currently based?
    The production team for After Hell are mainly based in Austria but the SoundCloud collaborators on After Hell's main theme track are worldwide. Cyra Morgan, who wrote the song and sang it, is in New York; Deane Ogden, who played the drums in it, splits his time between Jakarta, Indonesia and Los Angeles; Dave McKeown is from Ireland and lives in Devon, UK, and played the clarinet and flute for it. My wife Penny, played the cello, and I played the piano, arranged and produced the track, we're around London.

    • When you’re not on SoundCloud, what’s your profession?
    I work in finance for UK-based investment bank but working very hard to transform my career into full-time composing for film and tv and as a tv producer.

    • How did you get involved with making music for "After Hell"?
    After Hell is the brain child of Alexander Holzl, who was a film-category judge of the 2011 G-Tech creativity competition. I was a music finalist and met Alexander at the exhibition night in Berlin. We got talking over beer and live jazz about his concept and I happily agreed to be his composer. I've since taken on extra finance and management responsibilities for the show and now stand with Alexander, and writer Bob Jones, as a producer of the tv show.

    • How did your experience on SoundCloud and being part of the community play a role in this opportunity?
    Interestingly, the track which got me the finalist place at the G-Tech competition was a community-centred mass collaboration on SoundCloud, that the SoundCloud community team, in particular David Noel, helped support. By that time I had made many musician friends on SoundCloud and we collectively wrote the track that ended up doing well in that competition. I'm proud to say that some of those S `oundCloud friends are now collaborators in the soundtrack to After Hell.

    • How have you enjoyed sharing on SoundCloud with the community?
    The SoundCloud community have been a crucial and formative part of my growing professional career in composing music for film and tv. I have learned so much from people of all musical backgrounds and it has been immensely rewarding. I love SoundCloud and SoundClouders.

    • What have been the top challenges and enjoyments of this opportunity?
    One of the top challenges of writing this collaborative track was moulding the track to fit everyone's creative vision and also to fit the show. Since everyone involved was a composer in their own right, I wanted to take everyone's views into account and we got there in the end. We unanimously love the end result and are very proud to share it with you.

    • How has this opportunity helped expand your career or experience as a sound creator?
    This may be the defining moment of my music and film career, the turning point that sets me free from the day job and lets me live my dream of doing this full time and support my growing family.

    • Do you have any advice for others looking to pursue something similar?
    My best advice to anyone looking to pursue something similar is to NOT DO IT ALONE. Do it together, collaborate, because the result is ALWAYS far greater than the sum of its parts. You're not losing out by not having full credit for the music, you're gaining reach, learning skills, multiplying your talents and opening opportunities that simply would not exist otherwise.

    • Anything else to add or share?
    This may sound controversial to some older SoundCloud users on the music-making side (as opposed to the listening side), but the direction SoundCloud is moving in IS IN YOUR FAVOUR as a music-maker. The platform is bigger than ever, and if you want that one thing most artists want - an audience for your work - this is truly the place to get it. SoundCloud has been and always will be a game changer for the talented home musician to truly shine on a world stage. Embrace it and you will write your own musical future.


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