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You know you’re in withdrawals when you’re listening to the Game of Thrones score nonstop and coming up with Jon Snow fanfic in your head. But never fear! San Diego Comic Con is nearly here! As you may or may not know, I have a “thing” for composers and orchestrators. Some people like buff leading males or brooding director types, but I’m the girl imagining sitting in the window sill of a composer’s apartment (Paris, New York, Berlin, London — pick your poison), working on a my novel, sipping tea or presse coffee, while they are busy scribbling away musical notes and having video calls with orchestras across the ocean. The two independent work-mostly-at-home artists living together thing just makes me swoon, despite how disastrously unfulfilling and irritating it would be in reality.
Anyway, that brings us to the composer for Game of Thrones, Ramin Djawadi:
Ramin is part of the ongoing best kept film business secret — composers who are given the opportunity to succeed there are nearly always young*, hot, straight males. *Young for me is 35-45, despite that I’m still in my twenties. Born in Germany in 1978, Ramin is half-German, half-Iranian, and all sexy. Seriously, that dark, sex stare look? You know you love it, too. Now add in blue eyes and you have the sexiest coloring combination ever. What’s the Farsi word for “Unf.”?
Ramin moved Stateside to Boston to go to the prestigious music school Berklee, where he graduated summa cum laude (yes, ladies, he’s a smarty bird) and caught the recruiting ear of Hans Zimmer. Yeah, that Hans Zimmer — the guy who scored the Lion King. (He also did all the recent Batman films, stating that he used 1 note played on the cello for the Joker’s theme because he wanted everyone to truly hate it.) So, Super Hans (Peep Show joke! Holla!) gets Ramin out to Los Angeles, where he still lives, to work for his company and essentially thrusts him into awesomeness of success. Don’t you wish we all had a Hans Zimmer to recruit us?
After assisting with the Batman films and some others, Ramin went off on his own. His major claim to fame was his score for Iron Man, a very guitar-driven work (and not Carter Burwell style, people, way fresher than that). He also scored Blade: Trinity, the super short-lived show FastForward, and the show with that really hot guy Prison Break.
Today, in addition to his fantastic work on Game of Thrones, he is also scoring the show Person of Interest (the one with Ben from LOST) and an onslaught of feature films and video games. Basically, he sounds like a rather successful and hardworking man.When he has spare time, he likes to surf and swim, citing exercise as being often a time when he gets inspiration (I feel that, Ramin). Wonder what he sounds like? In an interview with Psychology Today (about primary and secondary languages), he explains that he doesn’t ever use slang, saying,
With my accent, it sounds unintentionally ridiculous when I use any kind of slang, even just ‘dude.’
Aww! Ich lieben dich, dude.
Lorena’s current obsessions: Chobani Greek yogurt in passion fruit flavor, floppy eared dogs, Klauroline, visiting Thailand, Clara’s theme song, Stanley Cup Playoffs, DWFO (for real amazing!), taking sneaky photos of hot guys on the subway, my sage green skinny jeans, french horns, Tom Hiddleston’s laugh, Tillamook cheese, and Ben Foster (the orchestrator, not the goalie or the actor).