Sun, 11 September 2016
Jay Chattaway Interview.
Born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania on July 8, 1946, Jay Allen Chattaway was conscripted into the military while working on his graduate degree. He joined the Navy Band and served as the unit's chief arranger and composer. After his discharge, Chattaway moved to New York City to write music, and later moved to Los Angeles to compose for film. His diverse scoring career began with many slasher and action films. Eventually he landing the job of composer for Star Trek: The Next Generation, alternating scoring duties with Dennis McCarthy.
In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala and Andy Farber, composer for Star Trek Continues, are joined by Chattaway for a candid conversation about his work as composer for 183 episodes of Star Trek. We also discuss some of his early composing credits in the slasher genre, including Maniac and Silver Bullet, as well as the Chuck Norris action films Missing in Action, Invasion U.S.A., and Braddock: Missing in Action III. Back in the realm of Star Trek, we talk about his audition for TNG's "Tin Man" and his work all the way through his Emmy Award-winning score for Voyager's "Endgame." Then we finish up with fan favorite "The Inner Light."