We had the good fortune of connecting with PHAR (Raphaël Dargent) and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi PHAR, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
As a film composer, it is sometimes challenging to take a real break and not feel guilty about it. I used to feel that I needed to spend every minute working as hard as I could to achieve my goals. Turns out it is a lot easier if you’re able to draw a clear line between your job and your life. The latter is where you get all the inspiration from !
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Starting a business as a film composer is a little like trying to get a whole train to move, except the locomotive has no fuel. You need to push it until you reach a descent. Getting the first few contracts is the hardest tasks of all that awaits. This early work will pave the way for the rest of your career and strongly influence how people in the business perceive you. That’s not to say that the job of writing music to picture isn’t very challenging on its own.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When taking a break, I really enjoy surfing in Venice and grabbing a nice dinner at the Erwin Hotel to watch the sunset ! That makes me happy every time. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Surrounding myself with the right people has been paramount to my career so far. Wether it’s the filmmakers that trusted me with the music for their film, the team of orchestrators or musicians that help me get my film scores come to fruition, or simply my friends who support me (and that’s not an easy thing to do !)