Breaking Hollywood: Newbury Park producer’s journey to film scoring
PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 October 2015
The world of writing film scores seems a world away for many talented musicians. But not for one 26-year-old from Newbury Park, who is in the process of making his move to Hollywood a permanent one in the shadow of two film releases featuring his music.
The former Seven Kings High School pupil, who goes by the pseudonyms Moghul Veyron and Moghul Music, has produced for the likes of rappers Ghetts, Lowkey and Lethal Bizzle, and is now relishing the chance to make his mark in films.
Moghul spoke to the Recorder following the release of City of Dead Men, starring Jackson Rathbone from The Twiglight Saga, and in the lead-up to The Infiltrator, starring Bryan Cranston from TV series Breaking Bad and Diane Kruger from war epic Troy.
“It’s a really surreal thing,” he said. “It’s really emotional.
“I have seen a lot of people struggle in this industry and I’m just grateful.”
He took the plunge and left for Los Angeles more than a year ago where he had a chance encounter with a woman with links in the music business.
“I was just feeling out the area – I was driving one day and I was trying to get to the Hollywood Hills and I ended up clipping the side mirror of someone’s car,” said Moghul.
“I felt bad and I apologised – the next day I got a phone call from the lady and she said she didn’t want to ruin my stay and said I should come out for dinner.
“I was a bit freaked out but we started talking and she told me about her friend in the music industry.”
Moghul spent the following months networking in the industry – “catching buses everywhere”.
Eventually, he came into contact with City of Dead Men producers and landed the job of scoring the film.
“I met this person who was friends with the director and we just spoke and got along.
“When I got back home [the UK] he phoned me and told me there was a project and he believed I could do it.”
“I just stopped everything and I went back and it’s really made me step up my game.”
Moghul ended up producing 12 songs for the thriller set in South America.
“It was really exciting,” he said.
He is equally excited about crime drama The Infiltrator, which is set for release next year.
Reflecting on switching between urban music and film composing, Moghul said: “You don’t have the same pressure if it’s something which you never thought of doing before.
“But I’ve always felt in my heart that I wanted to contribute something more rather than be confined to one genre.
“This was the moment I had been asking for. I just put my fears to the side and it’s paid off”.
He cites film composer Hans Zimmer as one of his biggest influences.
To check out Moghul’s latest single Cast Away featuring Sam Way visit moghulmusic.com
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