Talking Film Music With Heitor Pereira
Heitor Pereira discovered composing film music in a unique way. Working as a songwriter for the film As Good As It Gets, he realised his special expertise. Pereiera soon found that his melodies and film scores were a perfect couple. He made such an impression on producer James L. Brooks that in Brooks; next film, Heitor was co-composer.
You’ve Probably Heard his Film Scores Before
Heitor Pereira’s original film scores include: The Smurfs, From Prada to Nada and Despicable Me. Pereiera also worked on Disney hits like Beverly Hills Chihuahua and documentaries like Running the Sahara. His versatility showed on movies like Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and Robert Towne’s Ask the Dust..
He has been the recipient of three ASCAP awards, for Beverly Hills Chihuahua, It’s Complicated, and Despicable Me. Heitor also has collaborated on many projects, and has composed music or played instruments on various scores. The most famous include: Shrek 2, Mission: Impossible 2, Black Hawk Down, Unstoppable and The Dark Knight.
Working With Some of the Greatest
Heitor has build himself a name for being able to bring his unique sensibility to film scores. This comes from his solid foundation of craftsmanship. He began playing guitar with some of Brazil’s leading artists after completing his conservatory studies. Pereira then went on to entertaining millions as the guitarist for Simply Red.
He has released three solo albums of his own music, and has either arranged music or played with some of the greatest in the industry. Artists like: Sergio Mendes, Alejandro Sanz, Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins, Jack Johnson, The Chieftains, Bryan Adams, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Shania Twain, Seal, Nelly Furtado and many others.
It came as no surprise that in 2006, Heitor won a Grammy for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist” for his collaboration with Sting and Chris Bottie.
Check out the Other Inside Sound Minds Episodes
Inside Sound Minds Episode 2 – Sujin Nam talks about her workflow and gives advice on the art of film score composition
Inside Sound Minds Episode 3 – Boris Salchow opens the sacred halls of his studio and lets you experience how he masters his art