NAMM has launched a new 15-minute video series, the “Bonzai Beat,” as part of its Playback blog. Music and recording industry figure, Mr. Bonzai, hosts the series, with this new episode’s guest being composer and recording artist Silas Hite, who demonstrates how he records unusual percussion, stringed instruments and exotic SFX for film, TV, and record albums.
Watch it here:
Silas Hite is seen recording in his LA studio. Photo by David Broach.
Silas Hite is an Emmy-winning composer who began his career co-scoring blockbuster and independent films such as “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist” with his uncle, noted composer Mark Mothersbaugh (DEVO). His music plays in television shows around the world, from kid’s shows like “Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue!” and Disney’s “Dance-A-Lot Robot,” to adult shows such as “Chef’s Table” and “Street Food Asia”. He has scored hundreds of commercials for clients such as Apple, McDonalds, and Chevy, earning him numerous awards. He’s also contributed memorable music to video games such as Tetris, The Simpsons, and much of The Sims franchise.
Learn more: https://www.silashite.com/
New album “Fushigi”: https://songwhip.com/silas-hite/fushigi
Mr. Bonzai is an award-winning photographer, author, and interviewer. He has written more than 1,000 articles for the United States, Europe and Asia, and has published numerous books, including “Studio Life” (Mix, 1984), “Hal Blaine and The Wrecking Crew” (Mix, 1992), “The Sound of Money” (Focal, 2000), “Faces of Music” (Bookbaby, 2021), “Music Smarts” (Berklee Press, 2009) and “John Lennon’s Tooth” (BookBaby, 2012). His photos and articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Mix, EQ, Keyboard, Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Magazine, Disney Channel Magazine, Sound & Recording and Relix, among others. http://www.mrbonzai.com
NAMM’s Playback blog shares compelling stories to inspire innovation in and connection to the industry and member community. NAMM is a not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,400 member companies located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation’s (https://www.nammfoundation.org) efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit https://www.namm.org