Adam Gubman is a versatile composer who has scored over 500 videos games, dozens of television shows and many national commercials.
Adam has written and produced music for important NBC broadcasts, like the 2012 Winter Olympics, the 2012 Presidential Election and the 2010 Royal Wedding.
Recently he composed a new theme for NBC's Today Show, which was previously composed by John Williams.
What is your musical background?
"I started composing music at 7 years old, the same year I started playing piano. My grandfather put me on the Amiga computer with Deluxe Music Construction Set, and I was clicking in compositions instantly. Horrible, disjunct, silly music, but so awesome to have that power at my fingertips! My love for midi and music grew together, and as technology got better, so did my ability and knowledge. I produced my first record at 16 years old. It was called Sunday Rain, and I got a bunch of friends together to play live instruments over midi compositions I created on Cakewalk 3 and dumped into ADATs. Some of those musicians went on to become quite famous - Andy Dodd played guitar all over the album, and now he's a very well known producer and songwriter, with platinum singles. Singer Kevin Odekirk sang on the album, and now he's doing well in the musical theater world on and off Broadway.
I produced bands for fun in the 90s (during high school) and shortly after I graduated went to work for producer CJ Vanston in Hollywood and assisted on projects with Michael Bolton, Carole King, and the Christopher Guest film 'Best In Show'. I got to see Spinal Tap rehearse and jam, as CJ was producing them at the time. It was a great time to be an assistant!
After struggling as a pop producer in the early 2000's, I decided to go back to school and finish my degree in music, which was the best decision I ever made. Not only did I learn loads of theory and analysis, but I gained the ability to write in more varied styles and with different approaches. This helped me incredibly with my first gig, 'Pirates of the Burning Sea' for SOE/Flying Lab (co-composed with Jeff Kurtenacker), which if it weren't for my knowledge of baroque and classical styles, I wouldn't have been successful with.
Shortly after that I went to work as a contract composer for SomaTone Interactive and Non-Stop Music, and started to build credits. I've written scores for over 500 video games, lots of TV commercials, TV news packages, etc. I've done work for Activision, Ubisoft, Square-Enix, SEGA, EA, PlayFirst, PlayDom, BigFish, Dreamheart, to name a few."
Tell us about your studio. What hardware and software do you use?
"I've been a Logic guy since 2006, and have used it and all subsequent upgrades. I love Kontakt, and of course the slew of libraries available for it through amazing content developers like CineSamples, 8Dio, Spitfire Audio, etc. I have a Mac rig, and I run a parallel PC with a VEPro server that handles larger libraries (Hollywood Strings) and some other Play based stuff."