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“I think the problem is that a lot of people don’t see the grunt work and the long process to get to what it is they see as success. They just see someone’s success and haven’t been following along the whole time.” – Jeremy Levy
Grammy-nominated composer and orchestrator Jeremy Levy has worked in nearly every medium in Los Angeles for over 10 years. He recently received his first Grammy nomination for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella for his track, Uranus: The Magician off his album The Planets: Reimagined, a modern big band jazz reinterpretation of the famous classical suite by Gustav Holst. He’s also a well-known orchestrator for some of Hollywood’s biggest films and TV series, including The Queen’s Gambit, Frozen 2 and Ant-Man.
Jeremy’s inspiration for The Planets: Reimagined came from Afro-Cuban rhythms, classic swing, the Buddy Rich Big Band, progressive rock fusion, acoustic guitar-driven jazz – all mixed with his love of symphony orchestra and his experience touring with Rockabilly legend, Brian Setzer.
If you have a passion of any kind, you are sure to glean some valuable strategies and tips for bringing that passion forward in a lucrative way, from the personal story that Jeremy shares today.
Highlights from this Episode:
- How Jeremy started his journey in music, and when he realized he couldn’t create the success he wanted by applying his passion and talents only as he originally envisioned [5:01]
- The way he made key connections and built the relationships which helped him get to the level he is at today [13:31]
- Jeremy’s thoughts on being nominated for a Grammy, and the impact that social media now plays in this process [17:46]
- The hard work that is required to make it in the world of music, that many people don’t realize starting out [21:54]
- What he feels should be the very first steps someone breaking into the music industry should take [23:28]
- How an epiphany helped put Jeremy on the path to creating his latest album [27:50]
- The ways that music professionals are now adapting during the pandemic [33:43]
- What are the next big goals for Jeremy as he sets his sights on even more success [34:23]
- How you can accelerate your own progress by always being of service to others [36:07]
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“The interesting thing is that life sort of got me to do what I probably wanted to do, but I didn’t have the courage to apply for. At that point [composing music] was something that I wanted to do, but I didn’t think I was ready to do it.” [12:20]
“The experience of doing all these things is very educational, and you’ll only get better at whatever it is you’re doing. Plus you can start curating who sees it, try to find an audience and then start propagating your own work just by creating things.” [22:43]
“There is a lot of music happening around the world, but we’re unable to record a lot of it right now. That is sad because musicians are out of work.” [34:11]
“People listening [to the new album] will bring their own background and heart strings that are attached to it. It’s been really nice to see that it’s improved some people’s lives this year.” [36:38]
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