Hans Zimmer, Mark Burnett Q&A Draws SRO Crowd at Bleeding Fingers Launch

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At the launch party for Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop at the Soho House on Wednesday night, it was standing-room-only for a Q&A between composer and Bleeding Fingers principal Hans Zimmer and reality show producer Mark Burnett.

If it was unclear who was interviewing whom, what was clearly on display was the mutual admiration society formed between these two titans of their respective fields.

“We do argue,” admitted Burnett, but he also discounted the notion that music for reality television is either “phoned in” or culled from stock libraries. “It’s an original art form,” said Burnett, who has collaborated with Zimmer & Co. on such series as “The Bible” and “The Contender.” “It’s a real relationship because scenes come to life, making what you’ve tried to communicate 10 times better.”

For his part, Zimmer — who formed Bleeding Music with longtime partner Steve Kofsky and Extreme Music, the production music arm of Sony/ATV Music Publishing — carried himself with the relaxed air of someone who’s seen and done it all.

“Music is indefensible,” he said at one point. “Either it resonates with you or it doesn’t. And if it doesn’t, what’s the worst that can happen? I get a chance to write another piece of music. Isn’t that what I set out to do in the first place? So, it’s all good.”

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