Composer Interview: Nima Fakhrara (1979 Revolution) [VIDEO]

Nima Fakhrara is an LA-based composer who’s scored films like The Signal, The Pyramid, and Wes Craven’s final film, The Girl in the Photographs. He came up working and assisting on projects like Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes and games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. His most recent project is the soundtrack to the video game 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, which is set during the Islamic Revolution in Iran, and which challenges modern gaming with its innovation and its confronting material. Nima is also known for his building custom instruments that uniquely feature in his work. Below is Nima’s bio, as provided by The Krakower Group PR:

“Iranian-born composer, ethnomusicologist, and inventor of musical instruments, Nima Fakhrara is the founder of Zoo Creatives, with studios in Los Angeles and New York City.   His credits include the Toronto Film Festival Official Selection, THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS (the final film executive produced by Wes Craven), the Los Angeles Film Festival selection CONSUMED (directed by Daryl Wein), the Sundance Film Festival selection THE SIGNAL, GATCHAMAN (directed by Toya Sato and starring Tori Matsuzaka and Ryohei Suzuki), a live action take on the anime series BATTLE OF THE PLANETS, THE PYRAMID (directed by Gregory Levveseur, produced by Alexander Aja), and EXISTS (directed by Eduardo Sanchez).  His international credits include the Japanese TV show called TANTEI NO TANTEI, the SXSW selection I AM A HERO, and he served as a score producer on the Iranian television show called ASPRIN.  His video game credits include RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS 2 and the 2016 release 1979 REVOLUTION.

Nima’s first experience with music was listening to his uncle play the santour. Influenced by this, he studied that instrument and became well versed in Persian classical music. After moving to the United States, Nima continued his musical studies and attended California State University Northridge where he obtained his degree in composition studies. However, his interest in music was not limited to composition and performance. He studied ethnomusicology, anthropology, and how to construct instruments.  Classically trained with both traditional western and non-western sounds, Nima often sample instruments from around the world.  If he hasn’t found the right sound, he invents new instruments to create the textures and timbres in his mind.”

We had a chance to speak with Nima about his work on 1979 Revolution, the ways he has forged his unique sounds, and the creative paths he has deliberately carved out for his career, among a few other stories. Check out our interview below, and make sure to subscribe to our Youtube Channel to keep up with our videos!

Interview with Nima Fakhrara:

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

Many thanks to Nima Fakhrara, as well as Ashley Moore at The Krakower Group 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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