We had the good fortune of connecting with Thomas Eggensberger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Thomas, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Saying no is sometimes not a bad thing.
That routine is everything. I think about this quite often, but I have come to a point now where I plan out my days almost by the hour which really allows me to get the most out of my days. It’s important to stay aware of all the things that are going on in life and to be able to plan them in / make them part of the plan. Personally, I use a whiteboard for this to lay out my weekly schedules and what I want to achieve per day. This schedule rarely changes and I always know what awaits me on any day of the week and what needs to be done an achieved.
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.
I really love writing music and try to do it pretty much every day. When working on music, I really enjoy the process of manipulating audio and writing textural, sonically rich music, but also more traditional orchestral music. One of the most important processes when writing is usually to fully embrace myself in the material, really thinking about where, when and why something happens in the music and what the sonic characteristics of the ‘ingredients’ are. There are a lot of sound editing and manipulation techniques that I feel like have become kind of ‘my sound’ or ‘something I do’. Another thing quite a few people have told me over the years is that I seem to have a distinctly European influence and sound in my music; not intentional, but I can see why as I was born in Germany and pretty much listened to Strauss and classical composers so this must have had its influences.
At the moment, I am in a fortunate position to be able to work on a lot of music every day, including my first album release which is coming up this year in June. I am really proud of this project because it was written during the Pandemic and it was totally a passion project. I had the pleasure of working with an amazing cellist, Izzy Austin from London, UK who not only is an incredible classical musician, but also a entrepreneurial musician who has set up a whole remote recording setup during the pandemic and has made it part of her business to take on remote recording work. She sends back incredible work and I can’t recommend her enough.
Working in music definitely has its challenges and I would be lying if I said everything is smooth sailing. It takes a lot of work (more than I ever thought was possible) to get work, maintain relationships, balancing life, developing a business whilst staying healthy and sane. It is a grind every single day, but the nice thing to know is that hard work always pays off. It always does.
Moving forward, I am excited to produce a large catalog of music of many genres, yet always maintaining an honest, original voice and working on many more projects. I love music…
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?
Good question. There are many amazing places around here in Los Angeles. One of my favorite things about this city is its nature. There are so many different landscapes to explore and I love going for hikes in the mountains. There is something freeing about climbing a mountain, getting to the top and have an overview of the whole city. It really puts things into perspective. That is definitely one of the first places I would take my best friends.
The ocean, going up to Malibu, driving through the Santa Monica mountains, going on Mulholland Drive and just soaking in the light is another highlight that I would love to share with my friends. Especially the light…it’s so unique to this place, absolutely beautiful.
Oh and there’s an awesome beer garden place in Silver Lake called Red Lion Tavern which has authentic German food and serves a big variety of beer in Steins, just like back at home. Pretty amazing. The vibe of the place is great! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to thank one of my mentors, John Hardy who is an awesome composer and the head of composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. We first met when I had my audition for this course and after I got in, he became a regular mentor of mine. He taught various aspects about composition and really had great insights of the film and TV industry which is still massively helping me on a daily basis.
John is one of the kindest, most generous and supportive people I have ever met and I feel very thankful to have learned from him.