J.J. Abrams is currently on the road doing press tours for his latest action blockbuster, Star Trek Into Darkness, but soon he’ll be travelling to the “Star Wars” universe. Abrams, who has been tapped by Disney Studios (and endorsed by George Lucas), will direct the next “Star Wars” movie. And he will bring with him the man who first brought music to the galaxy far, far away.
John Williams—who has a long association with both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas—composed the music for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and the “Harry Potter” films. He’s composed the scores for all but two of Spielberg’s films.
Abrams, who was announced as the director for Star Wars: Episode VII in January, is usually tight-lipped about rumors surrounding his movies. However, he confirmed that the famed composer and conductor would join the “Star Wars” production.
Williams the Composer
At a Star Trek Into Darkness press conference, Abrams got fans and the Internet buzzing with this simple statement: “Again, for Star Wars, it’s very early days, but I believe that, going forward, John Williams will be doing that film because he was there long before I was.” Disney purchased Lucasfilm along with the entire “Star Wars” franchise for $4.05 billion in October 2012.
Williams is the son of a jazz musician, and also performed the famous piano riff for the original recording of Henry Mancini’s theme to Peter Gunn. Williams is also a record-holder. He is the composer of the biggest-selling instrumental single of all-time—Meco’s recording of “Star Wars Theme and Cantina Band.” He is the only composer to be awarded Platinum status (2 million units) by the RIAA. He also holds the record for most nominated composer in Oscar history with 42 nominations for Best Original Score.
Making Music Professionally
You don’t have to be a pop star to have a career in the music industry; just ask John Williams. But you do have to have the skills to make music in the studio. Learning music production can give you an edge in the extremely competitive music industry. Spending a week at music camp will not only inspire you but give you the skills to create soaring sounds, like the iconic Imperial March—otherwise known as Darth Vader’s theme song (which, by the way, was written by John Williams).