What can we expect to see from you over the next year?
I've been working on a lot more TV/Film soundtrack work lately, so there is plenty more of that to come this year. However, my main focus at the moment is the upcoming live 'Standing in Silence' show at the Wellington Opera House on June 19th. It’s been a really beautiful experience to see the album come alive and develop more as a filmic work, rather than just a typical live gig.
What is in your CD collection at home?
I have a massive CD collection at home. It’s mainly made up of obscure ambient music and soundtracks.
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Listen to other people’s music all the time. Get inspired as much as you can. Don't beat yourself up over your music. The good stuff doesn't always come, but it will if you stick at it.
What rumour would you like to start about yourself?
That I appeared in James Cameron's Avatar as a soldier (this is actually true).
How do you keep in contact with your fans?
I'm on Facebook and MySpace, but I think Last.Fm is probably one of the best ways to get your music out to world and get heard.
Rhian Sheehan is an award winning New Zealand-based composer and producer of cinematic music who is known for his unique melding of experimental soundscapes with emotive orchestral arrangements and environmental sound recordings.
His debut album ‘Paradigm Shift’ (regarded as a landmark in New Zealand electronica) and 2004's Tiny Blue Biosphere, were acclaimed for their visionary blend of cerebral beats with sci-fi storylines and cosmic sensibilities. Yet these albums were conventional in comparison to his latter releases - Standing in Silence (2009), follow up EP Seven Tales of The North Wind (2011) and Stories From Elsewhere (2013), which are now regarded by many as archetypal amongst the ambient post-rock genre.
Rhian Sheehan is also an accomplished film and TV composer. His music regularly features on UK BBC television programming, including Horizon and Top Gear, as well as the US National Geographic and The Discovery channels. Sheehan’s music was used extensively during NBC’s primetime coverage of the 2012 London Olympics and has also been heard in a variety of TV commercials worldwide. Most recently, he co-wrote the soundtrack for a short film created for Hennessy featuring Martin Scorsese, and a recent US Nike advert featured his track “Places Between” from his EP, Seven Tales of The North Wind.