Dylan Berry is a seasoned composer who has composed, licensed, supervised and managed music for hundreds of media productions including some of the top rated shows on television.
He has cleverly started a company that employs talented composers to create custom music for his pipeline clients which range from comedy and fitness DVD's to the biggest shows on television today. Smash Haus Music Group is his company - a top Hollywood composing team investing in shows such as MTV Movie Awards, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Kevin Hart Laugh at my Pain and many more.
Dylan is qualified to lead the charge because he has 'been there, done that' on the highest level. He has composed the themes for The Sing Off, America's Best Dance Crew, Root Sports Network, and provided custom music for American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and the Academy Awards.
I had a few questions for this music biz genius who I am happy to have the opportunity to work with in the near future. Interview below...
So Dylan! You're a composer, music supervisor and music manager. How do you find the time?
When you run a business that is a "music solution" you end up wearing many hats. I also really like each descipline though. They all play a different part of the noodle lobe!
Which job do you enjoy the most?
What is Smash Haus all about and how did you come up with the idea?
In navigating the entertainment industry from music to production to post production since I was a kid, I gained a high level view of the business, how it worked and where the opportunity could be.
I feel that the opportunity for musicians is to own their own businesses. Simply, we are the infrastructure that supports their businesses. We decided that every effort needs a helmsman who knows both music and production and I felt I could be of value in connecting the dots so that the magic is realised.
As a result we decided to merge the two by embedding our technology and A-list team of composers into production and post production environments as a brand-able internal music function.
We are essentially a music fulfillment partner that removes production company overhead, increases their workforce and creates value through music where loss currently existed which in turn increases jobs and composers income. It was a no brainer.
So...Do you feel TV music is a better career than composing for other artists?
I think this entire business of entertainment is about trust and who you know. If you are the best songwriter in the world and have no relationships, you will not likely succeed there. I see no difference in opportunity if you have the relationships that convert. That is why Smash Haus mobilised. When organised, we acquire the relationships that sustain our businesses. We 3 Musketeer it!
Any advice you want to give to upcoming musicians and producers?
I was hoping they could lend me some advice! They are what's next and I learn from them daily. We are all in this together.
Any projects you would like to talk about?
I'm kind of proud of the themes Noah Lifschey and I did for the Time Warner Sports Network (Sportnet, L.A. Lakers, Galaxy, Sparks, Access Sportsnet). Also the Root Sports Network Themes. I still totally dig the America's Best Dance Crew theme too. We beat the hell out of anything we could find in the studio to stomp that one out. But most of all I am glad to still be alive and make a living in this wacky business of maniacal rain makers and prodigal talents. I feel lucky to share time with crazy people.
And so do I...This must be how we met! Thank you for your time Dylan!
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Written By Sazrah
Sazrah is a UK music producer who has composed music for BBC 1xtra, Film, Catwalk and famous artists. Her blogs are about upcoming artists, music industry tips and general chit chat!