We had the good fortune of connecting with Robert Treves and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Robert, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
For me, taking risks is integral to any career in the creative industries.

The music and film industries in particular are full of risk takers, who often sacrifice a lot in order to build their careers.

Personally, I take risks all the time. Choosing to move across the globe to live and work in a new country was a huge risk. But I’ve found that bold moves like that often bring about the greatest rewards.

From a creative perspective, being free to explore new avenues within music & film is what’s helped me carve out a diverse career.

I often push myself and those I work with to take risks and think differently, because it’s easy to fall into the trap of following a trend or putting yourself in a box. But to go against the grain and risk doing something new is exciting.

So whether it’s within my work as a film composer, or whether I’m producing and writing songs with other artists, being artistically uninhibited always keeps me hungry and inspired.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think what sets me apart from others is my ability to collaborate with others. Everything I work on has been nothing but a joy and its largely in part to how smoothly things go when you get on well with your fellow filmmakers. Having respect and admiration for everyone else’s craft is something I have always maintained.

As a film composer I get to work on a wide variety of projects. Like other roles in the film industry, composers can often be type cast in the same type of films over and over again.
As a job that requires fresh creative energy every time you move from film to film, working in one genre and repeating myself has never been something that appeals to me. I find so many different types of film interesting and I really enjoy the challenge of working on something new each time.
So I’m fortunate the filmmakers I work with tend to hire me for my sound. They put their trust in me and want me to do what I do, as opposed to wanting me to imitate someone else.

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?
There are so many amazing places to go in L.A. One of my favourite spots is Griffith Park. Hiking around the different trails, enjoying the incredible views across the city and visiting the observatory are always on the list of things to do when friends come to stay.

For brunch and morning coffee you can’t go wrong in Larchmont Village. Cafe Gratitude is amazing. There are some great shops in the mid-city. Plenty of hidden gems around. Glendale is another go to.

I love the nightlife in downtown. There’s so many cool spots, rooftop bars are definitely something to experience when in DTLA. There are always plenty of interesting arts events happening in Downtown too. The Ahmanson Theatre is one of my favourite spots and the nearby museums like The Broad are must see places.

You also can’t visit L.A without heading to the beach a few times. Santa Monica is great for food and atmosphere. But for some peace and quiet, I recommend heading north to Malibu or south to Hermosa beach. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve been lucky to have worked with a lot of people who are incredibly supportive along the way.

Besides the incredible mentors I’ve had over the years, I have to show gratitude towards BAFTA LA who have been a real driving force for my career so far.

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