We had the good fortune of connecting with David Murillo R. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Believing in myself! I think this is perhaps the most important decision an artist must make and what sets him apart. Naturally, all artists are brave. We’ve had the courage to embark on this wild ride of making art for the world to enjoy with all the ups and downs it brings; however, it isn’t until you truly believe in yourself – and the power of your unique voice – that the world will open up and let others believe in you! It isn’t as easy as it sounds, at least for me it isn’t. Believing in yourself is something I do and believe all of us have to do, every day on every project that comes our way.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m quite excited about my first Netflix Original Film which will be premiering on September 11 called “Dad Wanted”. Streaming has become one of the most diverse outlets for us composers to really experiment with different styles and sounds letting our unique voice really shine through the huge amount of diverse content being put out to the world constantly. Naturally as a consumer myself, I saw this great opening for us all to be a part of a more inclusive industry willing to give a chance to tell unique stories by unique creatives from every corner of the world. In my case, the opportunity landed after having two films premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2016 and 2020. After watching, or rather, listening to my work on both films, I was brought in to score the incredibly fun and touching dramedy that served as a stepping stone for more collaborations to come under their Originals brand. How did I get here you may ask? Let me start by saying this, every artist underestimates how powerful their unique taste and way of looking at things is. Back in 2016 when I was 21 and still in school, I convinced a first-time director to believe in my skills and unique way of representing Alberto’s (my first Sundance film’s lead character) dreams and positive way of living life despite him having a terminal disease. He had auditioned previous composers way older and more experienced than me but their way of interpreting the film’s essence wasn’t quite right for the project. It’s not about whether you’ve been in the industry for longer or if you write incredibly complex and intricate music, in my line of work what truly makes the difference is how your vision and voice lines up with their work. Finally, I’ll let you in on another secret, my second Sundance film “Blast Beat” had also auditioned other composers before me and yet, believing in my own way of representing the brother’s rivalry (the true essence of what fuels the whole film) is what got me the job.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite spots in LA often involve a bit of hiking. The first place I absolutely love is the Hollywood Sign, whether I go up early in the morning or late at night, seeing the whole city light up in front of your eyes and chill at one of the most famed spots in the world has a certain power and bliss to it. My second favorite place is Matador Beach. The sunsets there and the peace you find over there are just magical. People who barely know me, know one thing for a fact: I love Brunch. In Colombia, my home country, we didn’t have much of the culture associated with it, but once I was introduced to it in Boston, I’ve been stuffing French Toast every Sunday since then. My favorite spots are Pez Cantina (their Horchata French Toast… damn!) and Blu Jam Cafe (Churro French Toast but with a side of Vanilla which normally comes with their Crunchy French Toast only, is the perfect blend).
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I don’t mean to get all philosophical on you but I think every little encounter whether it happens in a professional setting or not, has something to contribute to who you are as an artist and what you express through your work. Having said that, I’d definitely have to thank everyone I’ve worked with along the years whom I met at Berklee and those I’ve had the pleasure to collaborate with on film projects and songs.
Juan Pedro Sierra (IG@who.peter)