How it all began...
Evan Hodges was raised in a musical family in the small town of Athens, Alabama and started singing and playing piano at the age of 5. At the age of 15, Evan discovered the electric bass. He became passionate about the instrument and pursued its study, intent on mastering his craft. He received a full scholarship to Jacksonville State University (JSU) with a focus in music. At JSU, Evan’s studies required that he play the acoustic bass. Resistant at first, he soon fell in love with it, and it became his primary instrument. After his junior year, Evan decided to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia and continue his education at Georgia State University (GSU), where he earned a Bachelors degree in Jazz Studies.
While Evan pursued a career in live performance, in the Fall of 2013, he injured his hand severely from an overuse injury. No longer able to play his craft, he decided to make a massive change. He went back to the basics of what he knew he loved, music and storytelling. He was always in love with composition and film scores, a passion that had gripped him when he first saw Star Wars at the tender age of 6-years-old. In that moment, he decided to pursue a career in film scoring,
He hit the ground running. In the past 3 years, Evan has scored more than 30 films (feature films and short films), two musicals, and an entire video game soundtrack. Scoring comes naturally to Evan. His background and training in jazz music, with its highly improvisational component, allows him to quickly and easily score both simple to advanced thematic musical cues that are appropriate for any and every scene.
"Music is extremely important to a film. But, the composer also needs to know when to be completely supportive, by recognizing that there are times when there needs to be musical space, or no music at all. So many young composers over-score. Silence is beautiful. It allows scenes to breathe and for the story to continue; however, there are moments when the score needs to carry the overall piece. With that said, it needs to mesh with and enhance all of the other subtle nuances of the film to effectively tell a story. Music is a part of it, but it’s not the whole story..."