We had the good fortune of connecting with Omri Lahav and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Omri, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve been playing piano and coming up with melodies since I was very young, and as a child, I remember listening to the Jurassic Park soundtrack a lot. Seriously, A LOT. While I had listened to a lot of film music even then, it was with Jurassic Park that I realized, it was somebody’s job to write that music – and I knew right then that no other job would ever be acceptable.
In all honesty, writing and playing music are the only things I’ve ever wanted to do. I’ve been working in studios and composing for plays and commercials since the age of 15, and the transition into a composing career was a natural, organic next step.
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’m truly fortunate enough to be able to do something different every day. My primary professional focus is creating music for media, which varies a lot in itself, whether I’m writing for film, television or video games. I’m also a singer-songwriter, currently working on my second solo album, and in my spare time I enjoy reimagining retro game soundtracks as rock tunes.
You can check out my composer work at http://OmriLahav.com, listen to my debut solo album on http://OmriLahav.bandcamp.com/album/dust, or check out a playlist of my retro video game covers on YouTube, http://youtu.be/BcpCEge159Y.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a foodie, and to me LA has always been a smorgasbord of different food cultures! A few weeks after we first moved into the city, a brand new vegetarian ramen place, Gokoku, opened around the corner from our house.
Full disclosure – there is no good ramen in Israel, so my expectations were pretty low walking in. The food is unbelievably good, fresh and packed with flavor!
We became regulars, at least once a week, even after we moved further away. Honestly, I can’t recommend the place enough!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout? In my years in LA I’ve been fortunate enough to work with so many incredibly talented people!
For example, a friend and collaborator of mine, Natalie Dolph.
Natalie has gathered an incredible group of people around her to create a Star Wars fan fiction series called Seize & Deliver, it’s truly a labor of love, and you can see the heart and soul people put into it! You can check it out at http://SeizeAndDeliver.com
Inbal Kim Nahir