2018 ASCAP Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop

Ryan Majoris


My relationship with music began in 1999 as a boy. My buddy came to my house one day and, unbeknownst to me, had brought his electric guitar and amplifier. We quickly hooked it up and he began playing the main riff to Weezer's "Hash Pipe". My mind was blown. He was literally making the sound I had heard on my tv so many times. How was he doing this?! It was the first time I had seen music replicated in front of me and I have been hooked ever since.

Over the next 16 years, I have dedicated my life to music and have done everything I could to become more familiar with this incredible art form. I played in multiple bands that toured the nation with genres spanning from acoustic to metal, I went to Berklee College of Music and learned more than I ever thought I could, and now, I get up every morning and continue my Journey.

My music has two sides: a light and a dark. The darker is what usually works for film. Film is real. Film is ethereal, impactful, and it has a special place in my heart. I love film. I love film music. I love writing music to make a film better. There is something magical that happens when a piece of music perfectly exemplifies what the visual is trying to convey. It is the ultimate collaboration. The music I write for film tends to be dark, gritty, raw, and electronically influenced. I sometimes say it sounds like Trent Reznor had a love child with Cliff Martinez and Billy Joe Armstrong. You can hear this sound showcased in my tracks, "Out the Car", "Run For Your Life", and "The Long Walk".

I also have a lighter side. I fully respect well-crafted pop music by guys like Max Martin and Dr. Luke. My love of catchy and fun hooks/melodies extend beyond my listening pleasure as I have delved into the world of music for commercials/licensing as well as film. You can hear that showcased in my tunes "Everything Worked Out", "Digi-Land", and "Sparkling Bubbles". The light and dark can sometimes blend together to make something beautiful as well.

I like to consider myself somewhat of a jack of all trades. I love and enjoy writing music for bands as I have been playing in them most of my life; I love and enjoy writing music for film because I believe it is a pinnacle of the art form and the ultimate collaboration effort; I also love writing music for commercials because it gives me an opportunity to be hyper focused and create a short but memorable piece that anyone can listen to and tap their feet with. Some may see spreading themselves like this as weakness, I see it as my greatest strength.

2018 ASCAP Columbia Film Scoring Workshop