We had the good fortune of connecting with Esin Aydingoz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Esin, what do you attribute your success to?
Pursuing my passion as a career has been the most important factor behind my success. When you do something you love, you end up having an endless motivation and willingness to work hard. And it shows! Music business, as well as the entertainment business in general, is all about planting seeds and investing in one’s self in various ways. Putting all my time and energy into this idea opened a lot of doors for me over the course of the last few years. I applied to things I thought I had no shot at – jobs, competitions, mentorship programs – and I ended up getting a good amount of them. I said yes to gigs that a majority of others would have probably rejected. Thankfully, many of these turned into continuous and rewarding collaborations and/or referrals. I often delivered more music than required, completed more revisions than initially agreed to, or simply went above and beyond what was expected of me on a given project. When one moves to another continent with no relatives or friends, they learn to step up their game in every aspect of their life. You build your own world and your own network. You’re grateful for every single opportunity, no matter how big or small. You’re proud of every single accomplishment, especially when you know that you earned it yourself. It is when your dreams meet your gratitude and confidence that you are able to spread your wings and fly!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Sure! I am a composer, and I love to see my music intersect with other art forms. There’s something really special about music, and the arts in general. How one expresses themselves through their art is open for someone else’s interpretation. It is a less direct and more subtle way of communication, which in turn allows consumers to remember or question their values, memories, and aspirations in the light of your creation. A composer’s job isn’t simply to communicate to a listener, but to create a vessel for the listener to go on a journey with him or herself. Most of the music I create as a film composer is based on stories and formed out of empathy. I grew up listening to classical music, so it goes without saying that the sound of an orchestra feels like home to me. Still, the genre of music I write really depends on the kind of project I’m composing for and the kind of music my director is looking for. I love writing soulful melodies full of emotion and nostalgia, as well as magical and child-like tracks that bring out one’s inner ten-year-old. Oddly, I am just as confident writing creepy textures and scary tracks for horror films! Yet, I have always been a musician before a filmmaker. As much as I love storytelling through films and video games, I also write concert music where I am able to go crazy with thematic motifs and virtuosic arrangements without the worry of having to tone down my music to serve the on screen narrative, or complement the dialogue and sound effects. I am proud of my versatility and how quickly I can write once I am in the zone. I am the most excited for a series of upcoming animated shorts that my company, AudioBrew is working on. There’s so much negativity and violence in the world, and in live action films and TV, that I really enjoy working on projects that can put a smile on everyone’s face! I love children and have consistently been inspired and impressed by Disney and Pixar’s rich and heartwarming stories. Whenever I get projects within that realm, I am on cloud nine!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ahhh! This is such a tough question! After sitting at home for a full year, even a trip to the grocery store sounds like an adventure. If my work schedule allows, I am definitely taking her to Disneyland and Santa Barbara. I’d also love to take her to Walt Disney Concert Hall and Hollywood Bowl – fingers crossed that there are some good concerts when she visits! If it’s winter time, we will have to go to Descanso Garden’s Enchanted Forest at night. El Matador Beach in Malibu, Venice Canals, Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Observatory, the Grove, and Century City Mall are my other favorites. As for food – Fritto Misto in Santa Monica, Daikokuya, Bar Hayama, “The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker”, Genwa Korean BBQ, Umami Burger, Cheesecake Factory, Wurstküche, Lares, Urth Caffé, Lemonade, Mendocino Farms, and Salt & Straw are at the top of my list.
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?
My business partner, Adam Traister! We were acquaintances at Berklee College of Music, and to our good fortune, crossed paths again at an internship in LA. We found out that our separate strengths in music were complementary to each other’s, so we decided to team up and try getting projects together. Fast forward two years – we now have our own audio post-production company called AudioBrew, where-in we produce not just original music, but sound design and dialogue, for film, television, animation, video games, advertising, and other forms of media and entertainment. In regards to our creative process, I am responsible for all of the composing, arranging, and orchestration, while Adam is in charge of music production, mixing, mastering, and managing the sound team. We essentially share a workload with one another. This includes what we deliver to our clients, in addition to growing our business. It’s a blessing to work with a friend who is just as passionate and detail oriented as I am. He does a great job at making my scores sound more realistic, beautiful and marketable. I would like to dedicate my shoutout to Adam and our beloved AudioBrew!
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