Inside Cutting Room Music: Meet Adonis Tsilimparis

We recently sat down and had a chat with Katherine Beggs, the youngest member of the Cutting Room Music team, where we picked her brain and got to know what makes her tick as a musician. Now, we’re talking to Adonis Tsilimparis, co-founder of Cutting Room Music and a veteran in the music business. We wanted to find out how he got started in this competitive industry, what inspires him, and what he thinks makes Cutting Room Music stand out from the competition.

Adonis Tsilimparis has a long track record writing and composing music for various projects. Raised in the New York City scene, where he played guitar in various bands, he got his first taste of the business writing music for various commercial ads. He now resides in Los Angeles and is constantly busy with team projects at Cutting Room Music, as well as his solo work. Read on to find out what keeps him motivated.

Adonis Tsilimparis of Cutting Room Music

Tell us a bit about your background and what got you into music. How long have you been doing this and do you still enjoy it?   

I have been in the music industry for over 20 years. I studied Guitar and Piano when I was 11 years old, and then went on to perform in bands and eventually became a composer. I still enjoy every minute of it.

Can you tell us about some of the favorite musical projects you’ve worked on in your career? Is there a project that holds a special place in your heart? 

Writing music for film and TV has always captivated me more than anything else. I had a lot of fun working on shows like “NCIS” and “CSI.”

Any exciting projects you’re currently working on, with CRM or individually (that you can tell us about)? 

We have an Amazon series that we will be working on this summer. It’s the second season of “Trending Crimes” and should be released this fall.

What do you think is special about CuttingRoomMusic? How do you differentiate from the competition? 

We stand apart because of our diverse musicality. Mark and Katherine have very different musical backgrounds than I do. As a result, we have more to offer. 

What’s it like working with Mark and Katherine within CuttingRoomMusic? Are your styles similar or very different? Do you ever disagree when working on projects, and how do you make it work?  

Everybody brings something different to the table. Katherine brings her songwriting skills and vocals, and Mark has his scoring and production background. With that configuration, it makes it very easy to work together. 

Now we want to get to know you a little bit better. Who are your favorite musicians or composers? Who inspires you?  

When it comes to guitarists, George Benson will always be my favorite. However, in the scoring world, I have the utmost admiration for Hildur Guðnadóttir and Johann Johannsson (RIP).

Where do you get your inspiration when writing/composing music? 

There has been so much music that has inspired me all throughout my life. I always try to draw back to those musical memories as a template and a source of creation. 

What does a day in the life of a music composer look like in 2021?  

Fortunately, there are a lot more opportunities for composers nowadays. There is more media out there than ever before, and there is work for everyone. That being said, a day in the life of a composer in 2021 should be a very busy one. 

What kind of music do you enjoy listening to? Any favorite genres or artists? 

I grew up listening to Classic Rock, so that will always be my “go to.” However, I honestly enjoy every genre. I also listen to Jazz, Classical, and World Music. 

Can you tell us which are your favorite movie soundtracks or scores? 

The first soundtrack that captivated me as a child was the score for “Chariots of Fire,” which was composed by Vangelis. That was what first made me want to do music for film and TV. More recent scores that I admire include “Sicario” by Johann Johannsson and “Gone Girl” by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

What’s your favorite musical instrument?  

The Guitar was my first Instrument, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. 

What’s one movie, TV show, or musical project that you would have loved to be a part of?  

I would have loved to have worked on any of the David Fincher films like “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” or “Panic Room.” He’s very good at creating tension that becomes a wellspring for musical inspiration. 

Anything else you’d like to share with us?  

I’m looking forward to some of the exciting new projects coming up at Cutting Room Music. We will keep you informed. Stay tuned!!

Interested in working with Adonis and Cutting Room Music? Reach out to us and tell us about your musical project.

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