We had the good fortune of connecting with Marc Timón and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marc, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Water your talent, be resilient and take the biggest risks with the biggest responsibility. That’s my formula since I’m a child and what’s making me happy alongside making me reach every new goal. I would say that taking risks is the leitmotiv of my career. Always when I reach a goal that I was pursuing from a longtime, I enjoy that success in the path, I take the time to feel grateful and I immediately use the energy and the adrenaline of that momentum to jump to another one. To take the risk to leave the comfort zone means to achieve new unexpected proposals, means to feel the fear in your skin to invent new solutions, means a challenge that will make you bring up new tools to face a possible fail that you would never had to face without taking those risks. Our personal and professional life needs to be in constant challenge to be rich and powerful as a human beings. Without risk there’s no challenge. Without challenge there’s no evolution.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a musician, I don’t believe in genres or styles. I believe in stories. I love composing music for films, creating contemporary music, conducting classical symphony orchestras and choirs, writing music for massive live shows and conducting them, playing piano, singing and producing pop albums, performing Catalan folk music… Humbly, I’m proud to be able to call all of these activities my job. As an eclectic person, I use all of them to express my nature. I feel really lucky and for me that’s a gift. When I’m in the stage in front of a big audience I can’t relate with words how this magical act of communication feels. For a human being, composing and conducting music is the closest way to be a sorcerer. Then, there’s another form of magic, when you are alone in your studio scoring a scene of a movie, thinking about what the filmmaker wants to tell… it’s completely different but it’s another beautiful form of communication through the music.
The story of my career is the story of a constant personal challenge. I had my career in Barcelona, my friends, my apartment, my cat, my family… and everything was great. But at the same time I always felt (and I feel) that I wanted to change the world surrounding me, I wanted adventures, I wanted to leave my comfort zone, and I wanted a meaningful life full of culture, sensitivity and new experiences. That was how after winning the International Jerry Goldsmith Award with a very small movie competing against powerful international productions I decided to move to Los Angeles to check how special, and talented I could be.
I wasn’t as naive, and I already knew that LA is full of people thinking that they are special, but I trusted my inner light. Success was just to jump, just to put my Spanish career in pause and to go to a new place where I didn’t know absolutely anybody. Success was to leave the comfort of my house, language, friends and my European career to become just a small ant in the LA forest. I love challenges, and that was the big one.
I moved to Los Angeles, and I did my first steps as a film music composer and orchestra conductor. The fifth day in my new city I was already hired to compose in the “Agent Carter” (Marvel TV Series) team leaded by my admired Christopher Lennertz, recording the music at Warner Brothers Studios. I couldn’t believe it!
Now, after a few years living in LA, I can say that on June 21, I will accomplish one of my biggest dreams: I will conduct the World Premiere of John Williams’ “Prelude and Scherzo for piano and orchestra” (World Premiere of the Prelude and European Premiere of the Scherzo) with Gloria Cheng on the piano and I will conduct as well the World Premiere of my recently composed concert piece “The Beacon. Tribute to John Williams”. A few days ago I had the chance to speak with Mr. Williams about his work and about the premiere. I felt like a little child at Christmas. That conversation was an amazing gift for me that I will always keep in my heart. Williams is a genius but at the same time he’s a humble person, a soul full of light and a beacon to admire and to follow in such a competitive career.
Although in the personal field beginnings weren’t easy at all, especially in housing terms. I could explain here dozens of stories about crazy surfers, psycho addicts, clothes stealers, and other similar characters but I’ll keep them for my novel, which I’m finishing these days.
At the end of this first chapter of the story, amazing people from over the world that I met, California sunsets, nature and trips and wonderful professional opportunities gave me the balance and the joy to be able to call Los Angeles home sweet home nowadays.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would start the trip enjoying the gorgeous nature in the Big Sur. Coming back to Los Angeles, we would stop at the Reel Inn to eat that delicious fresh fish while watching the awesome California sunset. Then, the next stop would be Downtown LA. “Les pecheurs de perles” at LA Opera or a concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall conducted by Gustavo Dudamel with LA Phil. We would eat the best pizza in the world (even more than the Italian ones), the famous “Pera Candita” at the Amante Restaurant. Then, a cocktail and some truffle cheese fries would be a good option to finish the night. The following day, we would go to the Griffith Observatory to watch the sunset and to pretend to dance old swing. After driving a while, we would sleep in the desert, at Joshua Tree Park in a Vintage Airstream. In the morning we would visit the park and then go to visit Monument Valley. We would enjoy this paradise (one of the most magical places that I have ever seen) riding a horse. When we would be back to LA, the last night of our trip we would go to enjoy a jazz session at the Sofitel and we would kill the night dancing salsa at La Descarga. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When I was a kid and I discovered John Williams’s soundtracks I felt something really special and powerful. And then I found out about Alan Menken, Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer’s music, and Débussy, Chopin and Rachmaninov, and Benny Goodman, and Coldplay, and Stevie Wonder, and Jamie Cullum… All of them have been the beginning of everything, the seed of my creative being. My family has always been an other source of inspiration and support. They bought me a piano when I was six without even knowing if I would like or dislike music. That was just a first step, but an essential one.
Years later, I felt in love with Leo Messi and Pep Guardiola, amazing soccer players and awesome leaders who have a magical light that inspires me to create and to conduct orchestras. They are imaginative people who have changed and innovated the game applying a new vision to the same rules.
Alongside some other professionals in the film industry and in the music world who trusted me, all of these names impacted in many ways on my career success.
David Ruano. Igor Cortadellas. Wilma Lorenzo. Marta Pich.