Michael J McEvoy is an arranger, composer, self taught multi-instrumentalist, producer and teacher who studied at the Centre for Young Musicians, Leeds College of Music and the Royal College of Music in London, receiving a Masters in Music, as well as being awarded the Joseph Horovitz Prize in Composition for Screen.
He started out as many others do in a band with friends he met in school and from there on worked his way up to the established professional he is today. Michael is currently juggling being a teacher at London College of Creative Media and working on a new album as well as being in the process of writing for the film Finding Your Feet.
Over the years Michael has had the pleasure of performing and recording with major artists such as Sting, The Bee Gees, Mark Morrison, Steven Winwood and many others. His first break came aged 20 when Ian Dury hired Michael to co-write and arrange his album Four Thousand Weeks’ Holiday that led to work with Scritti Pollitti and Orange Juice. Following this, Michael wrote and performed with leading pop acts including teenybop idols Curiosity Killed the Cat and R’n’B legends Soul II Soul.
Michael had his first taste of writing for film in 1988 for Beeban Kidron’s debut feature Vroom and has since done over 20 documentaries, however his best known work is his jazz score to Richard Linklater’s Me and Orson Welles.
Throughout his career, Michael has picked up an extensive collection of knowledge across all genres and styles of music, making him an invaluable person to learn from. When talking to him you can immediately identify his passion for music, but I will warn you that his extensive knowledge and experience can sometimes result in endless yet interesting detours.
If you would like to end up scoring projects like Michael did, it might be worth checking out the Audio Visual Synchronisation course at LCCM. It has a wide-reaching curriculum that is designed to teach you about all the major aspects of sync work, including the pressure of industry deadlines. I can personally say that doing the AV-sync course in my final year may be the most valuable thing I’ve done whilst studying at LCCM.
LCCM is currently working on AV-sync modules for years 1-3 to have a longer and more detailed exposure to sync work available for students. So if you are in year 1 or 2 or even a prospective LCCM student, taking part in the AV-sync modules will teach you valuable lessons about consistency and dedication and I would highly recommend that if you have any aspirations of writing for screen you check it out.