A music composer working in diverse projects, ranging from television series to video games, is particularly difficult to come across in modern times. Yet, Steve Jablonsky is one such composer who sets the example of a multi-talented music composer, who has had influence in top-rated video games, television shows, and Hollywood films. Along similar lines, much of Jablonsky’s music features him playing his own instruments and conveniently composing the entire track accordingly. As such, Jablonsky has worked with several renowned music composers, whose works are often casted as music scores for films successful on an international platform. Some of these composers include Hans Zimmer, Frank Klepacki, Harry Gregson-Williams and Klaus Badelt.
Steve Jablonsky started producing compositions for a wider audience after he graduated from the University of California, where he was studying composition and music theory. In 2001, Jablonsky’s earliest works came out in to the limelight, with the likes of top-rated games such as Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. This sound track was a massive hit, winning the Best Musical Score for a video game. Setting off with a decent upsurge in popularity, Jablonsky then pursued other ventures and surprisingly decided to put his video games career on hold. He instead sought to divert attention to the Hollywood film industry. He first began work on a horror-thriller classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), with the sound track receiving notable mentions by critics. Such was the fondness for Jablonsky’s work that he was recruited for the sequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, in 2006. After 2003, however, Jablonsky seemed dissatisfied with his contributions and hence, embarked upon another project which he continues work for to this day. This was the all-new and mesmerizing TV drama, Desperate Housewives (2004), one of Joblonsky’s longest and most successful endeavors. He then set off to work on a film called The Island (2005), the first time he ever worked with director Michael Bay. With the success of earlier scores for films, he returned back to working on a classic action-drama in 2007, tilted Transformers, again with his good friend, director Michael Bay. An important point most often overlooked is the simple fact that this was also one of his first collaborations with his role model, composer Hans Zimmer, a partner he would often affiliate with in later years.
2007 also marked another cornerstone in Jablonsky’s career. Together with the films he had been working on, Jablonsky returned to composing sound tracks for video games and started off with a fantastic score for the third sequel of the Command & Conquer series. He seemed to have been growing increasingly fond of the Transformers movies, when he set about to make the score for the video game of the same series. In the late 2000s, Joblonsky kept pace with his interest in horror movies, and together with directors Marcus Nispel and Samuel Bayer, produced salient sound tracks for Friday the 13th (2009) and Nightmare on Elm Street (2010). Some of his recent works include an unconventional experiment with the comedy genre, making an interesting score for the film Pain & Gain (2013).
Steve Joblonsky belongs to the class of modern music composers who have outstanding gifts at their disposal. Since 2001, Joblonksy has done what he always had a soft spot for, which is to make music. He has experimented in different arenas of the music industry, making exquisite scores in genres ranging from action-thriller to comedy and satire.