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John Forbes • Composer

John Forbes

With over 30 years in the entertainment industry, John Forbes has made music for some of the most successful companies in the world. With a wealth of knowledge that comes from hundreds of productions, adding value has become more than a cliche, it’s a mantra. From scoring music for film and television, to radio and the web, John Forbes has a track record of success and the respect of his peers. 

Recent Projects

Love Jones The Musical 2016

In September 2015 I was contacted by Executive Producer, Melvin Childs, about producing the music for a stage play based on the 1997 Warner Brothers film, Love Jones. I have known Melvin since he discovered Tyler Perry in 1998-1999 and I put the first band together for them. Melvin said that there would be a large number of artists/ actors singing there own songs and that there would be times that guest celebrities would be included in certain markets.    

Current Projects

Richard Williams: Man, Myth and Mastermind

The Richard Williams Story is a film based on the book published by Simon and Schuster. The film is a series of interviews as well as numerous dramatic reenactments from Richard Williams' life. The docu-drama will include a fully produced soundtrack album with...
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Pilsen

Pilsen is written and directed by Rick Padilla. A story of converging cultures, Pilsen is a Mexican neighborhood located in Chicago.

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BUILDING THE BAND

John Forbes was featured in Sound On Sound Magazine – The article was written by British author David Greeves and covers the production work done for the 2011 Mr. Smith World Tour for Ne-Yo.  The article was researched before during and after the production of the tour. John discusses, software and hardware selection along with arranging and orchestration techniques used for this project. The use of cutting edge technology in the production of the music, enhanced the audio-visual experience of the entire show.

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I’ve been a big user of Audiofile-Engineering’s Triumph digital audio editor and mastering app since the demise of Bias Inc. Peak Pro. I was looking for an app that would allow me to edit, master and export DDP files for replication as well as any format audio file that a client might want. I needed it to be OSX native and completely bullet proof. Triumph fit the bill and has totally delivered…..even in ways that Peak never did. Well worth checking out.
 

Working With Passion

Music becomes a conduit between people of different cultures and lifestyles, connecting their hearts to a greater reality.

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Music Matters

In a world where we want everything now, we sometimes forget about the effect on our lifestyle and culture our immediate gratification may have. In the world of music, the songwriter depends on royalties paid for the use of his song. Traditionally, royalties are paid...
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Do You Love Your Music

The problem is that MP3 compression dulls most music into a null that can be irritating and basically offensive. We as a music consuming culture have been beaten into submission and listening to a sad representation of a gifted artist’ craft. I think, that the same love and passion for music can be had again. It’s a very small price to pay to find the love again. As for streaming, it is even worse on the sound of the music, no matter what premium subscription you have.

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Love Jones The Musical 2016

In September 2015 I was contacted by Executive Producer, Melvin Childs, about producing the music for a stage play based on the 1997 Warner Brothers film, Love Jones.

Read More