Andres Boulton started like many
other young musicians of his time. A self-taught guitar player, he was a
teenage lead guitarist in his high school band in Caracas, Venezuela. The
highlight of this period was the “Rock y Lápices” (Rock and Pencils)
festival, where this 17-year-old played to a sold-out crowd of 10,000 people.
This band, Z4, would later become one of the most sought-after musical groups
in the Caracas club scene.
Andres decided to get serious
about his music education and in the 90’s took harmony and piano classes with
Gerry Weil, a local legend with 40 years of experience. His apprenticeship
lasted three years.
After receiving his degree in
Advertising from IUNP College in Caracas, Andres pursued his dream of becoming
a music producer and composer. He founded Amasonica studios with two fellow
musicians/engineers and became studio manager. Between 1999 and 2001 Andres
worked mostly for advertising companies, on spots for clients such as Brahma,
McDonald’s, Telcel Bell South, Kellogg’s and Sanrio. He also served engineering
and production duties on albums: “Lunes” by Iguanas de Trapo, and the
platinum-selling “Miss Mujerzuela” by Caramelos de Cianuro.
From 2001 to 2003, Andres worked
as a free-lance composer, mostly for advertising companies. During this time,
his music was featured on local prime time television, as well as radio, in
spots for Brahma X, Kosiuko, Parmalat, Kraft, L-Oreal, among others. He was
hired in 2003 for the launching of “Max Prime”, a new cable channel part of the
HBO Olé group.
In 2003 Andres moved to Los
Angeles to pursue an even bigger dream: to become a successful film
and television composer. To further his knowledge of music and
technology, as well as orchestration, he enrolled at UCLA Extension in the Film
After completing the Program in
just 15 months (no small feat) he was immediately hired to compose music for an
independent feature-length film, “Crosshairs” (still in Post Production).
During this period, summer of 2004, he also contributed additional music for
the prime time television shows “The Benefactor” and “The WB’s Superstar USA”.
But this was only the beginning…
His MIDI and technology music
skills helped him land a gig as a MIDI orchestrator for the animated film
“Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie”. Later that summer, he was called to orchestrate the
symphonic arrangements for the band Air*, who would perform at the Hollywood
Bowl with the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert, with the L.A. Phil conducted
by Roger Neill, sold-out at 17,500 seats, was hugely successful and praised by
the Hollywood media.
Later in 2004, Andres met with
director Amaro Shake, who was in need of a composer for his short film “The
Fallen”. With only eight days to compose the score, Andres worked day and night
and delivered a powerful electronic score. The music helped the impact of the
film, which was crucial in Shake’s landing a deal with Lions Gate Films to
direct a feature-length picture. Of course, Andres will be on-board as the
In early, 2005, Andres was as
busy as ever, scoring another short film, “Behind Tango”. Andres, who had never
written tango music before, composed a touching score, recorded with live
musicians and conducted by Andres himself. The bandoneon, crucial to the tango
sound, was played by Alejandro Escarpino.
Recently, in the summer of 2005,
Andres was called to work on a film again. This time he would work for producer
and composer Frank Fitzpatrick, recording tracks and preparing scores and parts
for Disney’s “The Proud Family”.