Captivating. Progressive. Exhilarating. These are all terms that epitomize the musical masterpieces of composer James E. Hatten. Hatten’s musical genius has thrived from humble beginnings, and is now bringing a fresh spin on film and television composition as we know it.
It was at age seven that Hatten developed an endearment of music. As a youth, the Chicago, Illinois native received classical piano lessons and took advantage of every opportunity to showcase his musical talent, which seemed to be second nature. His success in school recitals and talent shows soon led to an insatiable passion to be surrounded by sounds, melodies, and various instruments. Hatten went on to become a member of the jazz band in high school, which added another dimension to his classical roots. But it wasn’t until his freshman year of college that the world of musical composition was unveiled to him. Growing fond of the works of master composers such as Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer, Hatten began to relish film and television scores and was drawn by their ability to tell a story with sound. It was here that he endeavored to compose music for student films and plays and apprehended that indeed, this was his purpose. Hatten set out to create music that would awaken and inspire listeners to discover their purpose just as music had done for him.
Since then, Hatten has composed countless numbers of film and television scores and compositions and takes pleasure in producing music that invites its audience to an experience like none other. His compositions are more than mere entertainment but they transcend cultural and geographical barriers. The craftsmanship that goes into each of Hatten’s pieces showcases his ability to evoke emotion, thought and a desire to know what’s next. Each string, every chime and cadence has a purpose and paints a picture in one’s mind. Hatten’s compositions are as memorable as they are unpredictable, leaving admirers captivated and wanting more. With just one listen, the artistry of the arrangements of sounds and instrumentation lures you in and takes you on a journey. So, come along for the ride.