Krakower Group Composer Spotlight: Graham Reynolds

Today, we highlight Composer Graham Reynolds. His recent projects include Ballet Austin’s ‘The Graham Reynolds Project’ and the score for two films that premiered at SXSW 2016: ‘Richard Linklater – Dream is Destiny’ (documentary) and ‘Starving the Beast’ (documentary).

What influences has music had on your family?

Neither of my parents are musicians or artists by they encouraged my brother and I to make creative choices at every turn. We had no
coloring books because coloring within the lines would stifle our imagination. We started taking piano when I was five and he was four. We played everyday and started improvising and composing. Between the two of us, the family piano, our bands, and our stereos the house was always full of music.

What are your musical influences? Past, Current and Outside Influences?

The mixed tape is my biggest influence. I came of age at the same
time as that now defunct technology that’s morphed into contemporary playlists. It taught me the joys of high contrast, great stylistic diversity, the finding of cohesion where it’s not immediately apparent, and to not think of genres hierarchically.
How did you first get involved writing music? What challenged you
most, and what rewarded you most, as your résumé evolved over the
years?

My mother started taking piano lessons when I was five. I thought my Mom was cool so I asked for lessons too. My brother joined me. A year later my mother still quit. Four decades later my brother and I are both still playing.
The challenges have come in so many forms! The two greatest rewards are being involved in art that you are proud of and the friends that you make it with.
What is your favorite song that you would rather not admit that you like?

I got caught trying to hide some of my embarrassing music back in junior high school. Since then I’ve tried hard not to be ashamed of any music I enjoy and to just embrace and resist pretending the joy is ironic. It doesn’t always work so the time I’m embarrassed is when I can’t live up to this goal and am shy about something I genuinely like.