I wasn’t sure who Hans Zimmer was when I got the call from the lovely Ronnie Weil to see if I could do the job. I looked it up and found out that he is probably one of the most prolific film music composers around. He has written the sound track to Lion King, Gladiator, The Last Samurai, Crimson Tide, Inception, Interstellar, Inception, 12 Years a Slave and many many more. He is the sound behind so many cinematic experiences I have had, and therefore one of the most influential people in terms of evoking emotions during your cinematic experience. Yet, he is not known to many of us who are not patient enough to read all the credits after a film.
He has now been touring with a full orchestra and performing his work live. I met him back stage at the Wembley arena. A modest and seemingly ordinary man, a man who knows the name of everyone in his orchestra and crew and seems deeply involved in how they are as he shakes hands and asks personal questions to everyone who passes by. A hugely successful man but without an ounce of ignorance or arrogance. Is this a result of success when maintaining a great deal of anonymity, or is it just Hans Zimmer and the man he is?