Interview: Yuval Lavi

Yuval Lavi is a classically and contemporary trained composer, producer and sound designer for visual media based in Los Angeles. Due to his early introduction to music and professional training in film-scoring, Lavi can adapt to all kinds of genres in music and visual media. Throughout his career he has closely collaborated with multiple filmmakers and has had his music featured in American and International films. Some of his work includes En Paix (France), The Fisherman’s Wife (Israel), Family Distancing (Israel), Our Brotherly Love (USA), Worms (USA). He recently released his latest solo work a new EP and the musician answered a few questions for us recently check it out.

What got you into making music?

Music was always an integral part of my life. I can’t imagine my life without it. I spent hours listening to music when I was a kid, so my parents took me to learn piano. When I got older, I felt the need to start writing my music, and after a few years and practice and studying, I decided to pursue a career in film scoring.

Who inspired you to make music?

I get a lot of my influence from other forms of art. I like reading books, trying to imagine the  scene in my head and fit appropriate music that will support it—the same thing when I walk  around a museum. I look at the paintings and sculptures and try to feel what the artist who  made that piece felt while making it.  

Another thing that inspires me is walking. I enjoy the fresh air and the sound of the wind and  birds. The smell of flowers and the beautiful colors surrounds me.  

This all helps me feel and imagine the right mood when I watch a scene for the first time, and I  need to fit original music to it that will enhance and evoke feelings and support the storyline  and environment. 

What is your creative process?

I usually watch the video the director sends me a few times. I find inspiration in the characters and environment which leads to me writing a draft that, in my opinion, supports the storyline and overall mood. After presenting the draft to the director and receiving his feedback, hearing about his vision, or sometimes even getting a few reference tracks, I start working on what will eventually become the final piece.

Is there anyone you would like to collaborate with?

Film composers usually work alone. But, I’ve always enjoyed working on projects with other  talented musicians and composers. Every time I get to share my workspace with other people,  I learn a lot about their work process and find new ways to inspire myself. I enjoy doing it and  look forward to collaborating with musicians I’ll meet in the future. 

What are you working on right now?

I recently an album ‘New World’. The album is influenced by the artists Ludovico Einaudi,  Evgeny Grinko and Olafur Arnolds. If you are interested in my work, please follow me on social  media and website to hear more about the album and other upcoming projects!





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