Likes: sports, exercise, competition, music, composing, and screenwriting. Dislikes: books, large crowds, and failure.
Favorite Foods: American, Italian, Mexican, and Oriental.
Favorite Quote:“If something happened where I couldn’t write music anymore, it would kill me. It’s not just a job. It’s not just a hobby. It’s why I get up in the morning.” – Hans Zimmer
Craig Allen Fravel is an American composer for film, TV, video games, and advertising. Finding his love for music at the young age of five years old, Craig new that his future career would lead him into the realm of the production music industry. Craig writes for multiple production labels, including his own solo label (Craig Allen Fravel). His work can be found within the catalogs of Velvet Green Music (Santa Monica, CA), Ghostwriter Music/Astral Music Publishing (Santa Clarita, CA), and Bart Music Library (Rzeszow, Poland).
Craig Allen Fravel – Velvet Green Music – Artist Series Interview
Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) of choice
Favorite Media Composers
Some of my favorite media composers include Hans Zimmer, Brian Tyler, Alan Silvestri, John Williams, Michael Giacchino and Christopher Lennertz. Lenertz’s work in Medal of Honor: European Assault is actually what made me want to write music for film, TV, and vide games. I used to sit in my room for hours just listening to the main menu music of European Assault. It’s still one of my favorite scores.
Discuss your personal creative workflow
For me, it all starts with a simple hum into my phone. This hum is usually a melody that pops into my head. I have to record it, because if I don’t, I know that I’ll forget it forever. So once I have it recorded, and my iMac is in front of me, I play the melody on my keyboard, and then the whole project really just flowers from there. Literally every piece of music I’ve ever worked on can be traced back to a simple hummed melody on my phone, even all of my artist series tracks.
Discuss the theme of your Artist Series album
This album was inspired by the area music and attraction themes of Future World At Walt Disney’s EPCOT. When I was growing up, the music in this park was one of my favorite things about going to Disney. As soon as I was asked about my interest in writing an artist series album, I knew that this was the direction that I wanted to go in.