Still reading about me? Really? Well, if you're interested, here is the Justin FAQ:.
What instruments do you play?
By training I'm a synth and sampler programmer (yes, those are instruments), and an electric and acoustic guitar player. I also play piano and keyboards very badly.
Are those real musicians playing your music, or samplers and synths?
Both, and sometimes you might be surprised which is which. With time, effort, and experience, one can do amazing things with modern music production software and sample libraries.
However, whenever possible, I record live musicians -- but project timeline and budget constraints do not always allow this.
Favorite film and TV composers?
There are many who inspire and influence my work. Their music has a strong visual character and evocative emotional power, whether or not it was originally written for visual media. Some favorites include:
Mark Snow (The X-Files): a master of creative sound design and the use of sampled instruments. His beautiful melodies and haunting ambiences took an already great TV show to an even higher level of excellence.
John Carpenter and Alan Howarth (several films, especially Prince of Darkness): they pushed the limits of the available technology of the day to create wonderfully creepy textures and haunting themes. A masterful use of synthesizers and samplers as "synthetic orchestra."
Stu Phillips (the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica series): his opening titles theme captures the grandeur of epic science-fiction like nothing else. Powerful, beautiful -- and endlessly adaptable throughout the series to different characters and scenes. I was lucky enough to meet Stu in person and tell him so -- such a nice guy!
Steve Morse and The Dixie Dregs: not film or TV music, but Morse's unique "rock chamber ensemble" style is wonderfully adaptable to scoring, and you can hear his influence in much of my music.
DJ Shadow (Endtroducing): a tour-de-force of creative, meticulous sampling work. The songs have a strong cinematic character (sampled voices play a big part in this), and the sounds are rich and organic. It's rare to hear such virtuoso use of technology - if he could create this album with a 12-bit Akai MPC60, what's my excuse?
What do you listen to for fun?
I will always love heavy metal and hard rock, especially the more progressive stuff. My favorite bands include: Isis, Queensryche, Killswitch Engage, Fates Warning, Iron Maiden, Alice in Chains, King's X . . . and, of course, Rush.
Since we are no longer talking about things strictly professional, let's end with clearing up the Dungeons & Dragons rumors. Despite what you may have heard, I have no interest in D&D or any other silly role-playing games. None at all, and no one can prove otherwise.
The last person who tried to make this claim had to reckon with my 12th-level dwarf battle wizard's spell of Eternal Discretionary Silencing. He failed his saving throw despite rolling 16 on the dice. This was due to my +6 Gauntlets of Awesomeness modifier, plus my +2 Smite Evil feat bonus. It wasn't pretty.
So let's forget the whole D&D thing, lest you suffer the same fate.