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Chris Wirsig is an LA based composer, songwriter, and producer. Send Chris a message.
Latest News: Personally I’ve just released an album called “Archived One,” compiling short film scores that I wrote in the past few years, ranging from drama to horror, with a few little lighter moments in between. Most of these already won several awards at film festivals, and I’m really happy I could contribute a little to that success with my music.
Then there’s the song “Gunslinger” from The Dust Ryde that I’ve produced and remixed recently. The original version is already out on all platforms, the Remixes will follow over the next two months.
And lastly, and again quite different, there’s a project called echoekill which will release cover versions in an Electro/Industrial style. A first instrumental (not a cover) is on Spotify and Apple exclusively, but the first single was just postponed to June 5…
Chris, thank you for joining us today at VQS. Take us back in time to how you first fell in love with music.
For me, music was always around and very early an important part of my life. Growing up in Germany, we had a piano in my parent’s house (my grandmother and mother played it before me), and I had lessons early on. Later Saxophone was a more interesting instrument for me, but piano/keyboard still is my main instrument. I then studied Audio Engineering, and started my own music projects like the Electro Pop band no:carrier.
But still, music was always the side job, with me working first as an editor for a musician’s magazine, doing web design work, starting the first fair-trade record label in Germany, and later at a corporate marketing/pr job. That changed with the move to California in 2012, first to San Francisco, and on to LA in 2015. I finally had some time, due to working freelance again, and could start to make more music.
Fast forward to now, I’m writing music full-time, have my own production music library with Counter Communications, and are also involved in the composer community, serving as Administrator for the Society of Composers & Lyricists.
What 3 core values do you believe are necessary for success?
I think success with music (and probably in most fields) mainly comes from consistency. If you write good music and are consistent in your outreach, your releases and your work (e.g. are easy to work with, are always on time with your deliveries, and deliver what is needed) you’re definitely set up. Keeping at it 🙂
Who have been some of your favorite people/projects to work with?
I actually enjoyed all projects and people so far. Sounds cheesy but that’s the case. Every project is different and of course every collaborator has a different personality, but that again shows that you should be open and easy to work with yourself and be flexible. I think the most interesting one so far was the short movie “Cat Dexx: Inkosi” – it’s set in Africa, and it wouldn’t be of any use to hve the music totally filled with African elements. That would be too on the nose. But it was a first for me to mix orchestral, electronic and African elements for the score. Definitely a fun, enriching and educational process.
What future opportunities would you like to be involved with?
I’m pretty open – currently I’m co-writing many songs with different writers and vocalists, which is quite different from writing film scores, and I really enjoy that as well. More indie film projects coming my way would be cool.