Meet the Composer… Ben Hayden

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Ben Hayden

How did you get started?

I studied Guitar Live Performance and Songwriting BMus at university and have always loved films, which led me to doing my final year in AV Sync. My love for “The Lord of the Rings” and its amazing score is what really got me into film music, so I reached out and got some experience working at a studio. I got involved with trailer music and library music through my contacts. I remember getting a call from Sam Wale asking for an album of some tense tracks, which was my first album for ALIBI, and I have been writing for ALIBI ever since.

Please list your top credits.

Cruella, Nobody, Wandavision, Barbarians, The Batman, Birds of Prey, The Kingsman

What types of genres do you work in most?

I mainly write trailer music and epic hip hop, but write in a myriad other genres too.

What is your favorite track for ALIBI?

Matter Of Chance would be my favourite, as I remember writing it a while back and focused on experimenting with strings and making something unique.

Who are your biggest musical inspirations?

Hans Zimmer, JXL, Steve Jablonsky, Alexandre Desplat, John Williams, Brian Tyler

What makes your work unique?

I love to come up with interesting chord progressions, and I try to add new and interesting sounds to my tracks so they don’t sound like every other track out there.

Tell us one surprising thing people wouldn’t know about you.

I’m a nerd and I love painting Warhammer! If I’m not working or exercising, I’m painting my Ultramarine army!

Your funniest/strangest music experience

I thought I could sing years ago, so I decided to play one of my songs (with a band in front of packed out club in Camden) and sing massively out of tune. The crowd fortunately didn’t boo me off stage and were surprisingly supportive!

Why do you like working with ALIBI?

It’s like a family and the way they deal with their composers is great. I’ve been working with ALIBI for many years now and I’ve learnt so much along the way!

Any words of advice to share with composer hopefuls?

Don’t ever accept to do work for free! This is something so many amateur composers get asked to do, especially for short films. As a composer, your time is valuable, so only work for the companies/clients who are offering a good deal and making all the work worth your time!

How can people follow your work (website/Spotify/social channels)?

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