Composer John Massari’s musical imprint has been all over film and television for the past 30 years. It all started with a triple feature at a movie theater when he was six, which taught John that “music is like magic – it can transform you in ways that are indescribable”.
As a boy, John attempted to make musical magic by stretching an elastic band across a ruler pretending it was a guitar. Giving up his stint with the ‘rubber band’, he learned piano and later played trumpet in high school and college. While majoring in music at UCLA, John was able to study with the great composer David Raksin and learned composition and orchestration from Dr. Albert Harris.
After working for and being mentored by David Rose, Jerry Fielding and later Mark Snow, John began composing for television, first at Hanna-Barbera working on some of their classic cartoons like JONNY QUEST, THE SMURFS, and RICHIE RICH, and later at Walt Disney Studios working on THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY. For almost 10 years, he composed music for one of HBO’s first original series, THE RAY BRADBURY THEATER.
While working on THE RAY BRADBURY THEATER, John was invited to audition to compose music for what would be the movie he is best known for, the 1988 cult classic KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE. Since then, John has created music for iconic brands such as Disney, HBO, MGM and Sony Pictures, composed for a number of TV series, made-for-TV movies and worked extensively with Sparkhill Productions on documentaries about epic Hollywood films and legendary performers.
John’s upcoming projects include the comedy/horror film CHEROKEE CREEK, co-composing music for indie film CRUEL HEARTS, and the feature length VR film JESUS VR: THE STORY OF CHRIST. His music continues to be heard on TV shows like THE DR. OZ SHOW and MY CRAZY EX.
This May 2018 will be the 30th anniversary of the release of KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE – John will be headlining a special celebration of the film with a live-to-projection concert of the score. Varèse Sarabande will be releasing a new recording of the soundtrack alongside the performance. When asked what made his score for KILLER KLOWNS so beloved, John said, “I bring it hard with my music. Even with the craziest or goofiest movies, that is what lent character to the film and has captured audiences for almost thirty years”.