LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur spoke with New Jersey composer and sound designer Louis Gentile about his career creating scores for digital music libraries, television and film productions. Brodeur and Gentile spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which was reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gentile has scored music for CBS, Harpo, the Biography Channel, Amazon and Hulu, among others, and his former band even made an appearance on the Uncle Floyd Show, the now-defunct cult TV show that was filmed in New Jersey. 

Gentile started playing guitar at the age of 17 and also plays pedal steel guitar. He was a full-time player for a long time in Nashville and other locations. Gentile’s career took a turn about 15 years ago when he responded to an ad, which was looking for scores to include in digital music libraries. He submitted some pieces, and “the ball just got rolling after that,” he said. 

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Digital music libraries tell you exactly what they need in terms of both musical genre and timing, Gentile explained, as opposed to scoring to picture, which gives a musician more room to add their own ideas. “I like writing right to picture,” Gentile said, “it tells me something and I get an impression from it.” 

Gentile offered advice to young musicians just starting out: “Really have a grip on technology,” he said, “learn as much as you can learn.” He added, “Also find a niche that you feel very, very comfortable with.” 

To learn more about Gentile’s work and hear samples of some of his compositions, visit him on the web at www.louisgentile.net.