We had the good fortune of connecting with Noah Penkrat and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Noah, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Growing up, I don’t think I ever wanted anything to do with the music world. I didn’t really have an art form that I was dedicated to before music. In late high school, I was in a class that created films. Having played piano for years I volunteered to make the music for the student films – that’s really how everything started. Since then, I’ve found a love for making music that wouldn’t have been uncovered had I not started on those high school student projects. Once I dove into the industry I realized how many opportunities there are for composers. As I learned more, all I wanted to do was be better. That’s the goal.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a composer for film, TV, and media. Basically, I make music for movies. Every composer is going to have their own style of music, but what sets me apart is definitely my fusion of different genres. For example, a film I was just working on required orchestra music with a very gritty 80’s pop synth – it was tricky to figure out. I’m. most excited about all of my upcoming projects which are starting to get a lot of attention and will hopefully be distributed and seen by a lot of people. I got to where I am today by meeting as many people as I possibly could. This definitely wasn’t easy, and I’m convinced that I transformed into an extrovert solely because of my drive to meet people and make movies. It was definitely hard to learn how to reach out to total strangers, but it almost always ended in a positive way. I’m really excited to see what I do next.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
take to central park. It’s my personal favorite area. Since I’m there, I gotta go to the met, which is basically a monthly tradition of mine at this point. All of the museums in the city are great, but the Moma is also one of my favorites. La grand Boucherie has some of the best French food while Hometown Hotpot in Chinatown.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Definitely my Piano teacher, Karlyn. I began taking piano lessons when I was six. I wasn’t very enthusiastic about it. I never practiced or improved, but for some reason, she still pushed me. Every week she would have me learn at least one thing, no matter how small. Over ten years, that’s a lot of things to learn. As I got older, I started to appreciate the piano and music more and began to practice non-stop. I don’t think I have ever surprised myself as much as I did. Karlyn was surprised too. The kid she knew from age six was finally putting effort in and actually improving. She began to teach me advanced piano, theory, and most importantly, composition. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have ever written a note.