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Idols SA has outdone itself again. While it featured John Legend and Ciara in the past, those artists where only there for the live show.
This time, the top eight contestants were treated to a week with one of the best musicians of our time, Trevor Jones.
If you are into movies and you have watched films like Notting Hill, GI Jane and The Last Of Mohicans, you have heard Jones’ work. He is an orchestral film score composer and one of the most sought-after professionals in Hollywood.
It was fitting that the South African lent his precious time to the Idols contestants as he has worked with legends like Sting and U2.
That said, the man was still impressed by the amount of talent the remaining contestants displayed.
“I am happy that these young people have still confirmed what I already knew. South Africa has a lot of talent and all we need to do is harness that and make it marketable worldwide,” he said.
After spending a week with the Idols hopefuls, Jones felt like he had worked with professionals as good as the ones he is used to.
“They all have an exponential learning curve which I found thoroughly enjoyable. They are all my children and I don’t want to have to compare,” he said.
Working with composer RJ Benjamin, Jones said the country owed young artists structures that could help them hone their creative skills.
“I have worked in the UK and the US and one thing I realised is that they are always prepared to train their kids in the arts from a very early stage of their lives. I have kids that I teach in England via Skype and I wish we had the same here,” said Jones.
Although he has recently moved back to South Africa, Jones still gets Hollywood film and TV gigs.
“I have been making film scores for years in Hollywood, but now I do it from a distance. I travel frequently between the UK and US depending on what I am working on, but I am now based back in South Africa.”
As a composer for film music, it is in Jones’s blood to watch films with a critical ear and he unintentionally finds himself thinking about how the music of any given film could have been done.
“I can never watch a film without thinking about the music. I do get to enjoy the narrative, but at the back of my mind I am trying to figure out why this or that sound was added in the production. What people do not realise is music in film serves to evoke emotion. So each time you have a specific sound in a specific scene, I question why it was put there and what it is supposed to communicate. It is a very delicate process,” he explained.