Didier Lefresne is another talent from the Music Partner’s team of Composers.
His interest in music began when he was 8 years old, taking piano lessons, then following the path of many teenagers passionate about music, he created a rock band in the 1980s. After a few years of touring France and having fun, the group disbanded, and Didier paused his career to focus on other activities.
Over the course of artistic encounters, he was convinced to resume composing and was selected to write music and songs for a local musical comedy. He since settled his studio nearby Chateauroux, a town in the very middle of France far from the madness of Paris. Working in his studio, Didier gets his inspiration from many different influences and does not have a pre-formatted creative process. He sometimes has a theme in mind and works to develop it, while some other times he is inspired by a sound or rhythm, then works on crafting a theme.
When working for picture, Didier prefers to see the rough cuts to better understand the intensity of emotions needed, but good explanation and clear guidelines from a Director can be good enough to get started. The challenge is always to match his artistic view with the Director's expectations.
Didier’s reference Composer is Hans Zimmer, the German Composer responsible for numerous Hollywood soundtracks. Mr. Zimmer has a gift for mixing classic and modern instruments, as well as melting styles to create memorable soundtracks. Didier's favorite Hans Zimmer score is "The Da Vinci Code" composed in 2006 and showcasing the progressive power of music in the film. Hans Zimmer's success shows that scoring for the film industry is a specific discipline requiring a very special connection with storytelling. No wonder most Filmmakers want to work with established Composers such as Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri or John Williams. Didier enjoys working on emotional pieces, but he also likes the challenge of composing for less familiar genres.
Working with Music Partner comes from his personal relationship with Philippe Falliex, our Artistic Director, and Didier stated he loves our disrupting licensing models.
Didier shared a funny story with us about a commissioned work for preschoolers. His wife whose home office is next to his studio had to endure hours of kid’s music looping during mixing and had a hard time with the project!
Didier’s equipment includes Cakewalk Sonar X3 and Virtual Studio Technology with Native Instruments such as Dimension Pro. He uses a StudioLogic Numa Compact MIDI controller, another one from Behringer, a TR707 drum machine, an Icon Qcon 24 tracks console, a Focusrite interface and KRK Rockit monitors.
Didier mixes his own music and acknowledges it can be a challenging exercise. Another challenge is to set his virtual studio to sound like a full symphonic orchestra. Technology is wonderful but to get a realistic outcome, you need to spend time setting it up. Computers and software today are offering a palette of possibilities to Composers, supporting their imagination in ways that were impossible 20 years ago. Spending time in the studio to compose, edit and work with sound banks has become more realistic than ever.
You can listen to Didier's music at the following link: