Sound Trek Film Composer Spotlight: Kevin Manthei

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Kevin Manthei


Guest Kevin Manthei

Film/TV/Video Game Composer

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Welcome to the first of Sound Trek’s new film/TV/video game composer spotlight interviews on The Cinematic Schematic! Each month hosts Alexandra Bohannon and Caleb Masters will sit down for a talk with a composer working in the entertainment industry to discuss the blood, sweat, and musical notes that go into creating the iconic themes and catchy tunes that accompany our favorite pieces of entertainment every day. This spotlight series will help listeners learn more about the lives and journeys of the composers behind the iconic themes we all know and love.

Debuting our film composer spotlight interview series is the well-spoken and multi-talented film/TV/video game composer Kevin Manthei. Kevin has contributed to film scores including The FacultyResident Evil(2002), Batman: Gotham KnightJustice League: The New Frontier, and the Scream sequels. His extensive work in television includes Invader ZimBen 10 (2016 series) Ultimate Spider-ManJohnny Test, and Xiaolin Showdown. His time scoring for video games led to equally iconic theme with his credits including Twisted Metal: BlackStar Trek Online, and Tron: Evolution.

Kevin talks about how he got his start in writing music for film and reflects on the early jobs that helped shape his career. He also talks about the differences between writing music for film versus TV versus video games and how aspiring composers can prepare for the unique challenges that come with the job. Caleb and Alexandra ask about Kevin’s decades’ long relationship with the different iterations of the Spider-Manfranchise and what projects fans can look forward to in the coming months including the hotly anticipated Invader Zim TV movie revival, Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus.

Listen to the full conversation with very enjoyable insights into the life of a film composer along with a few fun teases for future projects and subscribe to The Cinematic Schematic for future interviews!

Kevin Manthei’s Upcoming Projects

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus (2019)

The official synopsis for Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus according to Nickelodeon:

In INVADER ZIM: Enter The Florpus, ZIM discovers his almighty leaders have no intention of coming to Earth and he loses confidence in his own amazingness for the first time in his amazing life, which is the big break his human nemesis Dib has been waiting for. At some point, GIR rides a tiny donkey, and that’s all anyone should really care about.

Today’s Sound Trek Selections

Invader Zim Theme Song

Batman: Gotham Knight – “Crossfire”

Tron Evolution Main Theme

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