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Working for the biggest guitar brand in the world, specializing in big, epic, dark and scary soundtracks, making a first marketplace sale within a few days, and relaxing with friends and family. This week we meet Martijn de Bont (MartijndeBont) from AudioJungle.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?
My name is Martijn de Bont, I’m 27 years old and I live in Breda, a mid-sized city in the Netherlands. I’m a guitar player, music composer, and a guitar technician.
For a living I work for the biggest guitar brand in the world as a Quality Inspector, and I played guitar in some bands and studio projects. I think it’s safe to say that music is my life, and I love it!
Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?
I joined Envato a while ago to purchase a web template for my website. After a while I found out that Envato was more than just ThemeForest, and learned about AudioJungle. I noticed all these great composers selling their music and joined AudioJungle as an exclusive author the same day to upload my own music. I got my first sales within a couple of days!
How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?
I got started with music at the age of 16. I bought my first (crappy) guitar and played it at least five hours every day. I got better and better, joined some bands and started composing my own music (mostly heavy metal).
I got into film music at the age of 19, after seeing the first Spiderman movie. I never really noticed the music played in the background, but this movie had such a great score and I wondered if I could do something similar. I bought a fast computer and some simple software and my first track was finished that same day (it wasn’t very good though).
Now, almost 10 years later, I’m a pretty successful composer and got some nice (small) freelance jobs and I’m making some extra money here at AudioJungle.
I never had any training, except for three guitar lessons about six years ago. I’m not very good with music theory and only know the basic stuff.
Describe your home workspace.
My workspace is actually pretty simple. It’s a fast computer (Intel Core I7 920xm Extreme Edition with 16GB RAM, and 3TB hard disks in total), 2 widescreen 20″ flatscreens, a Presonus Firebox Firewire interface, and a Yamaha Portable Grand MIDI keyboard. I don’t use lots of software, only three large VST libraries and some smaller ones, maybe 10 in total.
Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?
I don’t have a creative process, it just happens or it doesn’t. I get a lot of my inspiration from life experiences and things that happen around me.
I only create music when I’m inspired and I always start with a basic idea in my head, but I don’t follow a specific procedure to get it out. Again, it just happens, or it doesn’t.
What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?
Most people will say that it’s best to create as much files as you possibly can. I disagree… I think it’s best to only upload the best work you have and keep the overall quality of your portfolio as high as possible.
I have over 100 tracks ready for use, but I choose to upload only 24 until now, because those are some of the best tracks I ever wrote. The other tracks need more work or will never be released at all and will stay in my “private collection”.
I also think it’s best to specialize in one or two styles only, unless you have the natural talent to create every style you want. I don’t have that talent and I choose to specialize in big, epic, dark and scary soundtracks. That is what I do best and it will keep the quality of my portfolio as high as possible.
What do you do to market your files?
Not too much really. I share my work on Facebook, Twitter, sometimes YouTube and my website, but that’s about it.
What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?
I like my “Epic & Dark Cinematic Intro Pack” a lot. It contains some of my best work and I got real nice feedback.
The second file is “Demanufracturing“. This was one of my first tracks that includes live played guitars, and I just love the aggressive feeling of this track.
Third is “Dark Intro – Fallen“. I like this track because it has some great melodies and slowly builds up to a big, epic ending.
Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?
My favorite Author must be Ghostpool from ThemeForest. I purchased one of his WordPress templates for my own website, and I really like the amount of detail in his work.
What do you do in your spare time?
I don’t have much spare time but if I do I just like to relax. Walking or riding my bicycle to enjoy nature and the outside world. I also love movies, video games and music, playing guitar and having a drink with my friends and family.