请问您的音乐背景是什么？又是什么启发您成为一名音乐家？Could you tell us a bit about your background in music and what inspired you to become a musician?
I started playing music at the age of twelve and I was classically trained. My first instrument was the viola and then I started playing piano in bands and orchestras. I started composing music when I was about eighteen and went on to study music, doing my Master’s degree in music composition. More recently I have been composing music for theme parks and for various artists and singers. I also work as a musician and perform a little bit on the side too.
您最近在作曲和表演方面都做了些什么？What are you up to these days in terms of composing and performing?
My latest project was music for a theme park called “Lewa Adventure Park” in Xi’an, China. I did the background music for a live dive show. I also composed music for “Time Alley” in Shanghai. This is essentially a walk-through attraction where people feel like they are going into a scientific laboratory and through a time machine. It takes you back into 1920s Shanghai and my music was featured.
将传统和中国乐器与当代流行音乐和嘻哈音乐/陷阱声音相结合的方式引起了我的注意，使您的音乐非常独特。你是怎么想出混合两者的想法？The way you mix traditional Chinese instruments with contemporary pop and hip-hop/trap sounds is what caught my attention as it makes your music quite unique. How did you come up with the idea to mix the two?
我一直在学习二胡，中国两弦琴和古筝，并研究这两种声音，我觉得如果把这些传统的声音与当代西方的声音结合起来会是很酷的事情。有一个“Blue Sky Action”的混音比赛，是重新混合“Above and Beyond”这首歌 。我利用那首歌尝试着结合那些古典音乐。
I have been studying a bit of the erhu, the Chinese two string violin and the guzheng. I was experimenting with the sounds of both of those and thought it would be cool to create something new that combines these traditional sounds with contemporary Western sounds. There was a remix competition to do a remix of an “Above and Beyond” song called “Blue Sky Action”. I used that song as an opportunity to try experimenting with those kinds of sounds.
除了乐器之外，中国还有其他方面影响了您的音乐吗？Aside from instrumentally, are there any other ways that living in China has influenced your music?
Speaking Chinese and learning Chinese along with the general feel for what it’s like in China has influenced me. Teaching music and being around the music they play has also given me a new perspective on writing music.
您能告诉我们您的音乐生涯中的亮点是什么吗？Could you tell me a highlight of your music career?
The highlight has probably been some of the projects I mentioned before like making music for theme parks. I also made some ringtones for Apple I-phone. Now I am getting into making music for video games and films.
如果您可以与任何艺术家合作 一首歌曲，您会选择谁，为什么？If you could collaborate with any artist for one track, who would you choose and why?
That is a very tough question! Can we come back to that one?
您未来音乐的重点会是什么？What is your focus musically for the future?
I want to do more that combines the orchestra with electronic music as well. I want to mix different types of Chinese and world instruments with electronic sounds, optimising all the different types of musical colours in the musical palette to create something unique, new and different.
请问您对于和谁合作的有任何想法吗？Any thoughts on who you would collaborate with?
我认为 是Danny Elfman。他为Tim Burton电影做了很多音乐，比如圣诞节之前的噩梦。我也喜欢他在80年代的音乐，当时他和 Oingo Boingo合作。
I think it would have to be Danny Elfman. He does a lot of the music for Tim Burton movies, like Nightmare Before Christmas. I also like his music back in the 80s when he was playing with Oingo Boingo.
如何让我们的读者了解更多并聆听？？How can our readers find out more and have a listen?
They can check out my website. I will also be putting more music up on Soundcloud and hope to have my music on Itunes and QQ music for listeners in China. If you want to hire me for music composing, song writing, to play gigs or collaborate you can get in touch with me on Wechat or by email.
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Ross Casey “蓝天行动”混音样本: Sample of Ross Casey’s Blue Sky Action Remix: