Composer Interview: Joey Newman (The Mysteries of Laura, The Middle) [VIDEO]

Joey Newman is an award winning composer and conductor for film, television, and video games. He conducted for projects like Cars, WALL-E the video game, Far Cry, and Despicable Me, and he’s written the scores to shows like Providence, Privileged, and Little People: Big World, the massive online role playing game Lineage, as well as films like Showing Up, My Uncle Rafael, the multi-award winning Any Day Now, and the Oscar-nominated short Adam and Dog. He’s been composing the music for ABC’s The Middle starring Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn (which is going into its eighth season), and is scoring Berlanti Productions’ The Mysteries of Laura, starring Debra Messing (which is going into its third season).

And yes, the “Newman” in his name means exactly what you think it means. As noted in his official bio:

Joey Newman (ASCAP) is a third generation film composer of the famed Hollywood musical Newman dynasty. A drummer, conductor, and orchestrator, he earned his degree from the Berklee College of Music. He got his start working in television, co-composing with Emmy®-winning composer W.G. “Snuffy” Walden. For five years, Joey composed the orchestral score to NCsoft’s LINEAGE, one of the biggest online role-playing games in history. As a conductor and orchestrator, Joey has worked across the media spectrum including orchestrating for his cousin Randy and conducting alongside Michael Tilson Thomas and John Williams.”

We got a chance to speak with Joey about his work on The Middle and The Mysteries of Laura, as well as life as a third generation musician in the historical Newman dynasty. Check out the interview below!

Interview with Joey Newman:

You can find out more about Joey on his official website, follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and hear his music on Soundcloud

Many thanks to Joey Newman, as well as Sabrina Hutchinson at Defiant PR for helping make this interview happen.

Written by: Meena Shamaly

Meena Shamaly is a composer, artist, multi-instrumentalist and performance poet based in Melbourne, Australia. His music covers a wide range of styles and sensibilities and often intersects with his poetry. He is part of international production house EON Sounds, working on various film, TV, video game, and production library projects.

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