DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
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.
ABOUT “I’M TELLING EVERYONE” EP
"Roy is set to release his upcoming EP "I'm Telling Everyone on July 6th, 2020, available on all streaming services."?
INTERVIEW WITH ROY SHAKKED
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
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
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
What is your website and
social media for my readers to be able to follow you?