Wayne: There are a lot of young and talented artists learning at Cinnabar like you did. What advice do you have for them?
Jasha: Nothing is impossible. I had no idea how I would break into this crazy industry and what would be the outcome; all I knew was I was determined to make it happen. I seized any opportunity I had and if you’re willing to put in the long hours and hard work things will happen – you just have to stick it out! It’s not supposed to be easy and I still have a long way to go, but I love what I do and I’m not ready to stop working hard anytime soon.
Wayne: Who is your industry mentor and how have they influenced your work?
Jasha: Hans Zimmer has obviously been very influential in my career. I knew very little of the film scoring world and how it was all done before starting at his studio. Beyond learning the technology required there, he taught me the art of story telling thru music. He showed me how to look at a scene, how to look at a film as a whole, and how to capture it musically. It was always fascinating to watch him and learn from him.
Wayne: What kind of music do you like listening to, and what bands or musicians to you like best?
Jasha: I listen to everything. From the top 40 on the radio, to film scores, to my favorite band, Sigur Ros. I find inspiration in it all.
Wayne: What is your favorite film music score?
Jasha: The Village by James Newton Howard. His music is absolutely beautiful and the reason why I fell in love with film scores.
Wayne: Do you see Academy Award potential for yourself in the future?
Jasha: I think anyone in this industry at some point would love to win an Oscar but right now I’m just focused on writing great music for amazing stories.
Wayne: When you visit Petaluma what are your favorite things to do?
Jasha: Spend time with my family. I wouldn’t be where I am today without all their love and support. With my busy work life, I look forward to going home and getting away from the hustle and bustle of LA and relax. Oh and the food – Petaluma has fantastic restaurants!
Wayne: Thank you Jasha for taking time out of your busy schedule for the interview. We wish you well on your journey and rising career.
Jasha: Thank you so much again for reaching out to me.