Friday, June 26, 2020

Artist, Musician, and Composer Roy Shakked


Roy’s music career has taken many turns over the years. After graduating from college, he worked as a video game composer in NYC. His next job was a record label A&R manager in Los Angeles. He followed that up by starting his own label, releasing eclectic underground grooves produced by himself and fellow friends, and finally releasing his songs featuring his vocals & lyrics, often playing all instruments.

His original albums have been released under different pen names including Holmes (over 3 million music streams to date), The Bright Wild, Orb Roybison and The Tao of Groove - all released under his Groove Gravy Records label.

Through the years, Roy’s music has been featured on dozens of television show including Teen Titan’s Go!, Sex and The City, Nip/Tick, Beyblade, CSI Miami, and Greenhouse Academy. He has also written and produced music for multiple advertisements & trailers in the US, Japan and Europe and has composed scores and contributed songs to a host of films.


"Roy is set to release his upcoming EP "I'm Telling Everyone on July 6th, 2020, available on all streaming services."?


Describe your style.

My songs are mostly rooted in 70's songwriting styles, with a more modern production approach. The music I compose for television, ads, and film varies stylistically depending on the project's needs.

Who or what has been your greatest influence on your style?

Tough to say. The Beatles are huge. But regarding production, the advent of Digital Audio Workstations over the past couple of decades allows me and just about any artist today to create almost anything I need from my home studio.

How did you get started in your career?

My first gig right our of Berklee College of Music was as a video game composer in NYC.

What struggles or barriers did you face or are you facing to promote yourself and your work?

The same struggles as everyone. There are just so many independent artists out there without the gate keepers of old, for better or worse, so it's easy to get lost in the crowd. I'm lucky, though. I make my living off of composing and licensing music and don't need to depend on selling my songs or performing every night to pay the rent like many other fellow musicians.

What life lessons have you learned, and how have they influenced your style?

I'm a late bloomer. Patience and constant growth no matter how small or slow have been key for me. Also, never lose confidence (not to be confused with arrogance), even if it sometimes borders on delusion.

Provide an example of your work.

What is your website and social media for my readers to be able to follow you?
Instagram: @royshakked