For a few years now, Joe has hosted a Composer's Breakfast in the Agoura / Calabasas region of Los Angeles every week. Since going into lockdown we've gone into the virtual world of meeting which allows key speakers to come in and share their stories, offer tips and advice and give each of us a little insight into the experiences they've gained on this journey of life. This is where you can join us and get an insight into some of the brilliant people who you may not normally get to see face to face. Enjoy:

If you'd like to join us live each week for the CBC send a request from the contact page and we'll add you to our evite!

Composer's Breakfast Club

ROLLING WITH THE CHANGES WITH MAGGIE RODFORD

A truly inspiring look at the life experiences of Maggie Rodford, with her rise from going to college to 'become a music teacher' to instead following her passion to pursue music engineering at the BBC, helping start EMI to becoming one of the most influential film & TV music producers, score coordinators and session producers in the world. She's worked with many of the world's top composers to produce Oscar™ & BAFTA™ winning and nominated scores and uses those experiences to share with us advice that will help propel our own careers no matter what stage we're at and help us build hope for our futures within the turbulence of the pandemic hitting at the same time where composers must bond together to protect their music and creative rights. 

SEIZING THE MOMENT WITH RAFAEL GAYOL

From Aha to Leonard Cohen Rafael's career as a drummer / percussionist has touched the world with some incredibly powerful music. He's truly followed his mantra of "always go where you're invited" which has led to him rubbing shoulders with Bono & U2, Elton John and many of the most respected musicians of our day. Incredibly inspiring this is a must watch for anyone looking to be motivated or looking for clues as to what next steps they should take on their own creative career paths. (Huge thanks to Howard Howes for subbing in for me as I had to attend another meeting that clashed! Great job!)

SERVING THE MUSIC WITH PAUL 'WIX' WICKENS

Best known as the longest serving musician in Paul McCartney's band, Paul Wickens, aka Wix, shares his phenomenal wealth of experience in his pathway to getting to the real heart and feel of all that music should be. Learn the rules, break them and work your heart out so that you're ready for when the opportunities arrive, sometimes from the most unexpected avenues. Be prepared to be inspired by one of the great keyboardists and multi instrumentalists of our time. 

SHOOTING FOR SUCCESS WITH GISELA EVERT

Gisela Evert is an amazing Post-Production Supervisor and Producer of over a hundred feature films and TV shows including the Multi-Oscar Winning 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'. She joins us today to share her journey from growing up in Sweden to becoming one of the most respected and admired Post Supervisors in the UK. She shares precious gems of wisdom that are inspiring for anyone who aspires to great things in their life, and helps creatives understand where they each fit in the 'big picture' of the movie making process.

LOOKING OVER YOUR SHOULDER WITH MARTIN PAGE

There are times when you hear a song from the past where you just know it's timeless. At the time of writing We Built This City he didn't foresee its timeline of achievement but Martin Page is a success story that repeats itself. Kings Of Wishful Thinking and These Dreams are just some of the hits Martin has gifted to this world. Here we take a look back over our shoulders to inspire our future through the eyes of Martin Page. Enjoy...

SCORING VIDEO GAMES WITH GRANT KIRKHOPE

Grant Kirkhope is one of the modern day legendary composers in the video game world. From Donkey King to Mario Rabbids Kingdom, Golden Eye 007 to Banjo-Kazooie... if you've played video games then you've probably spent hours listening to Grant's music. Here he talks about his journey from classical trumpet and heavy metal guitar into the game world!

COMPOSING FOR TV & FILM WITH JEFF RUSSO

Jeff Russo joins us for a discussion about the process of TV scoring and how the 2020 lockdown has impacted us on both a creative and human level. Jeff won an Emmy for his score to the TV series, FARGO, and is a CBS fan-favorite composer for scores to Star Trek - Discovery & Picard, Netlix's Altered Carbon and numerous other films and TV shows. 

SMOOTH JAZZ TALK WITH JEFF CARRUTHERS

Jeff Carruthers is one of the leading Smooth Jazz musicians out there today. ​A composer, sound designer and musician, Jeff has decades of experience that have taken him from Club Bands to R&B with MCA and write movie trailers and create virtual instrument and music libraries for Big Fish Audio. 

MEET YOUR MIDI WITH HOWARD HOWES

Meet Howard Howes. The product of Howard's work has been heard by millions around the globe as he is the guy to keep Paul McCartney's show on the road by taking care of all things keyboard for the global tours. From just a single chord that grabbed him into the world of music as a teenager to working with Howard Jones and then Paul McCartney, Howard shares his knowledge from the rudiments of MIDI to the setup of Wix's gear. 

MIXER WITH STEVE SHEPHERD

Steve Shepherd bringing his expertise in mixing to the forefront of our minds. Whether we are on micro-budgets that force us to deliver mixes ourselves or if we need to prepare files for a mixing engineer there will be tips and tricks, dos and do nots that will come in very handy for us all. Steve has a wealth of experience as both a music producer and an engineer behind Kenny G, Tony O Monroe, CBS, Disney to name a few, as well as an educator at Cal State Channel Islands.

OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND SING WITH STEVE HARMS

Meet Steve Harms, as a boy he struggled both with his breathing and his speech. One day he decided to find a solution to his problems and taught himself literally and metaphorically to find his voice. As a result Steve has an INCREDIBLE voice. He's sung on many high-profiled movies from Frozen 2, Despicable Me and the Star Wars franchise and has been a member of the LA Opera Chorus since 1998. Like him, I am a firm believer that the more we find our voice the greater our confidence grows in so many areas of our life. (I only started to record this event after a few minutes into it so the first introduction is missing!)

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