Vo Williams Writes TV Music “With Purpose”

The resume of music industry trailblazer Vo Williams includes Empire, Ballers, Lethal Weapon, SNL and Atlanta. Williams, who aims to write music “with purpose,” talks about music’s place in storytelling.

Cynopsis: How did you get started writing music for TV shows?

Vo Williams: In 2014, my good friend and frequent collaborator Sjae, linked me up with Robin Loxley. Loxley is a songwriter and producer based out of the U.K., and is a seasoned veteran in music for media. He was visiting the States at the time, and looking for a writer to collaborate with. When we met in the studio the chemistry and the energy was powerful. We wrote our first song together within an hour or so, and from that point it was on. 

Cynopsis: How would you describe your music?

Williams: I think if I were introducing my music to anyone, I would describe it as Epic hip hop. My goal is to write hip hop that has size and scale. I want to write music with purpose that possesses emotional gravity. My music is like a soundtrack for overcoming challenges and making powerful breakthroughs.

Cynopsis: What kind of impact would you like your music to have on the audience?

Williams: If nothing else I want to empower my listeners. I want people to use my music to supercharge their confidence and self love. Cynopsis: How do you think music affects video storytelling?

Williams: Music is such a powerful element to drive the emotional tone of a moment in cinema. Music is used in almost every second in every form of media, and is so prevalent that when a scene is without music, it almost feels like the boldest choice. Unlike reality, where we are left to more openly interpret events, storytellers are able to use music to control how we perceive events, characters, and places in each story.

The Cynsiders column is a platform for industry leaders to reach out to colleagues, followers, and the public at large. In their own words and in targeted Q&As, columnists address breaking news, issues of the day, and the larger changes going on in the ever-evolving world of television, video and digital. Cynsiders columns live on Cynopsis’ main page and are promoted across all daily newsletters. We welcome readers’ comments, queries, and column ideas at Lynn@Cynopsis.com.

Related Stories

07/12/18: And the Emmy Nominees Are…

Emmy statue

CYNOPSIS BREAKING NEWS Nominees for the 70thPrimetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning by Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Ryan Eggold (New Amsterdam), along with Television Academy execs. HBO’s Game of Thrones grabbed the most nods with 22; NBC’s SNL and HBO’s Westworld each earned 21. Final voting takes place August […]

07/12/18: Meredith Vieira to host summer series for Fox stations

A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM HISTORY HISTORY’S  ‘EVEL LIVE’  SOARS AS  #1  CABLE SPECIAL OF THE YEAR 3.5 million viewers watched action sports superstar Travis Pastrana pay tribute to Evel Knievel with three record-breaking stunts on Sunday.   The three-hour LIVE event was cable’s #1 special of the year to-date in A25-54, Total Viewers and men, […]

07/11/18: Cynopsis Jobs

Job of the Week PRODUCT MGRFilms Media GroupNYC Mng integration and launch of new video products. Work w/digital team to create, test, and implement new product features. BA req’d, pref a grad degree. Prior exp in prod management, ideally in publishing & a thorough knwlg of curricula. Please send resumes to: resumesfmg@infobaselearning.com 

  • Product Designer – Instagram

    Instagram /NYC: Take broad, conceptual ideas and turn them into something useful and valuable for our billion+ users. Take broad, conceptual ideas and turn them into something useful and valuable for our billion+ users Design flows and experiences that are incredibly simple and elegant Contribute to high-level strategic decisions with the rest of the product [...]
    Location:
  • Associate Video Editor

    The Dodo/NYC: Source compelling stories about animals by mining social media and working with animal organizations. Creative and experienced visual storyteller to join our video team. To thrive in this role, you’ll need to excel at sourcing and crafting an emotionally compelling narrative that hooks viewers immediately and keeps them watching until the very end. [...]
  • Technical Analyst Developer

    IDEO/NYC:  Technical Analyst Developer who will help IDEO’s Global Technology group in supporting enterprise applications across the company. This job will be fast paced and part of a collaborative work environment. We are open to having this person based in the IDEO Palo Alto, San Francisco, or New York office.
Go to Jobs
  • Moviefone is casting the next Mr./Ms. Moviefone: The new Mr./Ms. Moviefone will serve as a face and voice of the brand and may fulfill various duties such as red carpet appearances, conduct interviews, create movie/TV reviews, & work in other brand extensions, like social media outreach. Full details
    Location:
Go to Jobs

CynCity

Cynsiders

Instagram

© 2018 Access Intelligence, LLC – All Rights Reserved.