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John Carta

By Kevin Zimmerman

John Carta
(Hannah Montana and Secret of the Cave)

Originally focusing on songwriting, recording and touring – including playing guitar on the well-received pop/rock album Insomnia by alternative band Miggs – Carta says he “was hooked once I was exposed to scoring.” Indeed, he’s amassed an impressive list of credits in the field since 1998, delivering scores for TV series and mini-series, children’s television, reality shows, short films, and features. He’s also launched Back-End Music Library, a production music library that’s primarily focused on major network and cable television programming.

One of his favorite projects was the independent feature film Secret of the Cave, a 2006 production about an American boy who travels to Ireland and manages to solve a decades-old mystery. “It was rewarding because I was given the freedom to explore ideas and themes,” he remarks. “I also challenged myself to make the best sounding score I could on a limited budget.”

As for advice, Carta says, “Getting an internship or entry level position with a working composer is the best way to get started. If this isn’t available, write, record, and network.”

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