JACK McKENZIE | COMPOSER
JACK McKENZIE is an Award-nominated Scottish Composer, Orchestrator and Arranger for Film, Television and Video Games. A highly versatile writer, his music varies in genre and style, often maintaining a heavy emphasis on story-focused melodic or thematic writing in combination with the integration of unusual and unique contemporary techniques and sounds.
Jack recently scored KALU: GROWING UP WILD (2023), a short nature documentary on the Geoffrey's Spider Monkey in Costa Rica, narrated by GEORGE McGAVIN - earning him a nomination for "Best Original Score (Short Documentary)" at the HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARDS (2023) in Los Angeles, California.
He often assists fellow Scottish Composer BLAIR MOWAT, most recently as an Additional Music Composer for ITV’s hit crime drama McDONALD & DODDS and HAMMER HORROR's up-coming feature DOCTOR JEKYLL starring EDDIE "SUZY" IZZARD, as well as an Arranger and Orchestrator on NOLLY (2023) starring HELENA BONHAM CARTER and written by RUSSELL T. DAVIES.
As an Orchestrator, Jack has prepared scores for numerous large and small-scale sessions, collaborating with some of the world’s finest Studios and Musicians including; AIR STUDIOS LONDON, CLOCKWORK SESSIONS, THE BUDAPEST ART ORCHESTRA with EAST CONNECTION RECORDING and, alongside MOWAT, were the first to record a film score with the ROYAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA in their new state-of-the-art recording facility SCOTLAND'S STUDIO (October 2021). Recent orchestration projects include DUNGEONS & DRAGONS (2023) and BLACK ADAM (2022) with LORNE BALFE and M3GAN (2023) with ANTHONY WILLIS.
Jack studied with Contemporary Electro-Acoustic Composer TIMOTHY COOPER whilst undertaking his BMus (Hons) Undergraduate Degree in Edinburgh, before going on to study a Post Graduate in Composition for Film & TV at the prestigious and award-winning NATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SCHOOL. After obtaining his Masters Degree, Jack was personally mentored by Oscar-Winning composer Dario Marianelli.
After mentoring with ADAM LUKAS (OBERNOSTERER), an Emmy-winning Composer at HANS ZIMMER'S BLEEDING FINGERS MUSIC, Jack now regularly contributes original music for the company and their partnered Production Music Libraries: SONY/ATV and EXTREME MUSIC.
As a Tutor, Jack also creates a variety of educational content on his YouTube Channel including; Tech and Sample Library Reviews, Film Music Analyses, MIDI Tutorials and Mock-Up Covers.