Half of the allure of The Barn is the amazing retro eighties vibe it has.  Director Justin Seaman is a fan of the same movies we are and no where is that more apparent than in his collaboration with musical talent and composer extraordinaire, Rocky Gray.  His composition gives The Barn trailer it’s authenticity and after listening to his recent solo album, Accursed I think you’ll get more excited than ever for this fantastic looking film.

Like everyone else I saw the poster when they released it and loved it. I immediately sent a message to their Facebook to see if they had a composer locked in. I attached a download of my Accursed album so they could hear what I could do. Justin got back with me and wanted to use a few songs and I offered to write some more tracks just for the movie and he was into that so right away I went to work writing and it’s been a really great collaboration. There’s some music from Jason English in the film as well who had done some initial scoring before I got on board.

I’m using Studio One 2 Professional as my DAW and use Kontakt for a lot of different libraries to create drones, clusters and get as close as I could to those 80’s vintage sounds. I didn’t realize how hard it was to get a legit 80’s sound until I started working on the Accursed album. especially on 80’s rock tones. You would think it’s just crappy detuned snares and a lot of reverb with some Marshall amps and chorus (it’s all of that too) but to make it sound like it’s really from the era it gets pretty involved. The songwriting was really different back then as well so it’s a mixture of the sounds themselves, the songwriting and the overall production. I love it though.

I love the scores of the 70’s like The Omen and The Exorcist. I grew up in the 80’s so I’m a huge fan of Halloween 1,2 & 3, The Burning, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Night of the Demons, Creepshow and The Boogeyman. There’s some awesome more recent soundtracks like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Sinister and Dead Silence that I listen to a lot as well.

Yeah it was still a good time for bands back then, we hit probably on the last leg of the industry still putting money into bands. Mtv played music videos back then haha. As far as my departure goes, it was a time for me to get back home and be a husband and a father to my 2 children. Evanescence was huge because we toured relentlessly. Unfortunately that was the downfall for me because I was working so hard to take care of my family but i was hardly ever actually with my family. My kids saw their Dad on Skype and that was about it. So in 2007 I called it a day on all that. I went home and started working on more records, I’m always working on projects I just don’t care to tour that much. Scoring works out perfectly for that.

It’s along the same lines of the Evanescence stuff only because all but 2 of us use to be in and write for Evanescence so that’s our style of writing. It’s heavy goth rock with some hooks and melody, a little pop mixed in there.

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Yeah it’s way, way heavier. I started playing guitar with Living Sacrifice in late 1998. That was my first real professional gig as a musician. We’re still at it and released our album Ghost Thief last year.

Thank you, I had been trying to do this record for a few years but didn’t have enough time to dedicate to it so I would do a song or two and have to stop and work on other projects. So it’s been in the works for a while. I finally blocked out time for it last year when I decided that composing was something that I really wanted to do and needed something to show people what I could do when submitting for composer gigs, so it became much more than a fun album to put out for Halloween. I took it very seriously and I think it worked out. Hopefully i’ll be too busy doing soundtracks to do another solo record but if theres time i’ll definitely do another one.
I listen to all kinds of music. I’m into retro stuff like 80’s pop and 80’s hair metal then I have playlists on Spotify that has everything from artists like Hans Zimmer, Charlie Clouser, Nathan Whitehead, Christopher Young, John Carpenter, Metallica, Pantera, Meshuggah, Nine Inch Nails. Just a bit of everything.
The Killing Floor game released a short film called Killing Floor: Uncovered that i did the entire score for and Im working on Eric Stanzes’ new movie In Memory Of that has been awesome to work on because it’s totally opposite of the retro stuff I’ve been doing for The Barn. I want to compose as much as I can. I love movies and music and I’m having the time of my life being involved with such great film and game makers. I look forward to many more.
Late Phases, Purge: Anarchy, The Babadook
Thanks for a great interview!

 

That’s it!  Make sure you visit Rocky Gray at his official website, www.Rocky-Gray.com.  If you aren’t familiar with The Barn, make sure you check out our coverage of the film here and also read our exclusive interview with the director of The Barn, Justin Seaman here.  As always, keep it tuned here for more information about The Barn!

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