Bonzai Beat with Silas Hite

Mr. Bonzai

Music and recording industry figure, Mr. Bonzai, sits down with Silas Hite, composer and multi-instrumentalist who has scored for film, television, and video games.

The Emmy award-winning composer joins Mr. Bonzai from his home studio to demonstrate his prowess as a multi-instrumentalist and his preferred recording process and setup.

Bonzai Beat w/ Silas Hite

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Silas Hite is an Emmy-winning composer with music practically in his DNA. He began his career co-scoring blockbuster and independent films such as Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist alongside his uncle and composer, Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO. Hite's music is heard in popular television shows worldwide, from children's shows like Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue! and Disney's Dance-A-Lot Robot to adult shows such as Chef's Table and Street Food Asia. He has also scored hundreds of commercials for clients such as Apple, McDonald's, and Chevy, earning him an Emmy, Adweek's Campaign of the Decade, and most recently, a Titanium Grand Prix from Cannes. Additionally, Hite also contributed memorable music to video games such as Tetris, The Simpsons, and much of The Sims franchise. His music has played in such venerable institutions as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the New York Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Mr. Bonzai is an award-winning photographer, author, and interviewer. He has written more than 1,000 articles for the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has published numerous books, including Studio Life (Mix, 1984), Hal Blaine and The Wrecking Crew (Mix, 1992), The Sound of Money (Focal, 2000), Faces of Music (Cengage, 2006), Music Smarts (Berklee Press, 2009), and John Lennon’s Tooth (BookBaby, 2012). His photos and articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Mix, EQ, Keyboard, Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Magazine, Disney Channel Magazine, Sound & Recording, and Relix, among others.