Nov 27th 2017 by Awful_Alex • 58 Questions • 58 Points
Hey everyone, comedian Romesh Ranganathan here! I’m doing an AMA to promote my upcoming comedy show at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 21. If you don’t yet know me, I’m a former maths teacher from the UK (hence the term 'maths'). I gave up my stable career to spend the rest of my life making jokes about issues close to my heart, and explain why everybody else is wrong about them. My next mission is to become a household name in the great U.S.A.
UPDATE: I'm signing off -- thank you everyone for the questions and the support. If you're in the US, please come to my show at the Greek in Los Angeles, December 21st. Cheers!
What are the biggest mistakes US correction officers and prisons make? What could be changed to the benefit of the general public and inmates alike? From my understanding there appears to be a larger emphasis on punishment rather than rehabilitation.
Do you think your sentence was deserved? How else do you think they should 'punish' violations? Thank you for taking the time to do an AMA.
What was the process of being initially detained? Did the FBI just knock on your door while you were home and said you were under arrest?
I am currently scoring a short film (my first film!) and the director told me a specific scene needed music. However, it’s more of a neutral scene and I’m not feeling any sort of emotional response towards it. And I have no idea what to write! Has this ever happened to you and if so, any helpful tips?
How many times have you been arrested and what happened?
What is the best Portable Vacuum to have in the car? I do Lyft and Uber and it would be nice to have something small in the trunk.
did Josh Widdicombe give you your wedding ring back?
The thing is, there is an emphasis on punishment, but that is because of the way the inmates treat the rehabilitation options presented. I have seen people completely disrespect and belittle the VOLUNTEERS that would come in to do different programs. I have seen people use the computers with LIMITED internet access to try and do all types of shady stuff. Prison is an environment composed of people who will take a mile of given an inch.
The biggest mistake CO’s make is forgetting they are working in a dangerous environment. They think that having the uniform on keeps them safe.
Was my original sentence deserved? Yes My violation sentence? No The fact is that I made a stupid oversight. Should I have lost my job, my apartment, my cats for it? No. I wish there was some sort of program they could have sent me to. Some thing outpatient
Well, the FBI agent and my local sheriff did not press charges. However, the FBI agent did have to report his findings to the Ohio sheriff. Then, they pressed charges and I was arrested at work. Taken to jail and waited 27 days for extradition.
Yes! That usually means it either doesn't NEED music or the director is feeling insecure about what he has and is trying to "save" it with your score!
Once but now the police station is full of subscribers
You might like Dyson's V7 or V8 cordless stick vacs. They're pretty good for that kind of thing.
Hello Mr. Giacchino! I’m a huge fan of your work. Was it intimidating being the only composer other than John Williams to work on a Star Wars film? Did you work closely with him on the score for Rogue One? What was the process like?
Appreciate you taking the time to answer these!
What's with the mannequin legs in the garden?
What are your thoughts on Roombas??
And have you ever had to fix one?
Does it freak you out a bit that all these randoms are so informed about your work, and can ask very specific questions?
There wasn't much time to be intimidated - I had only 4 1/2 weeks to write the score - but I've loved star wars since I was a kid so ultimately it was just a lot of fun even though the schedule was crazy!
They were left over from a TV project......you can't chuck legs away
I think they're okay for doing light cleaning throughout the week, between regular deep vacuuming (assuming carpeting). I think Neato and Miele robots are better systems than Roomba.
I worked on an early model Roomba and it felt like a crap product. They've since made their machines into modular systems that the consumer can diagnose and replace components easily, so I don't see them come into the shop so much.
Hello Mr. Giacchino, my introduction to your amazing music was on LOST. I loved how each character had their own theme, Ben’s and Sayid’s were my favourite, and in a sense the music became a character in its own right. My question is; Which character theme did you personally like the most?
What was one project that you regretting starting because it got too dangerous, costly, etc., but had to finish anyways? Thanks!
I really loved Oceanic Six which was a theme for all the characters.
The fire tornado just WOULD NOT WORK but turns out it was just the weather so glad I persevered but was a tough, cold January!
You have scored a couple Disney Parks attractions over the years. If you were given your pick from the higher-ups to re-score anything, what attraction would you like to work on?
Also, thank you for taking the time to talk to my fiancee at D23 while you were signing for her. We're excited to dance to Married Life in April!
How is your relationship with your neighbours?
How do you suggest cleaning out the hose? I have a vacuum with an accordian hose and a wife who routinely vacuums up wet things that should have been cleaned up by other methods.
For everyone that inevitably tells me to fix the wife problem, I have tried, and that would still leave me with my dirty hose that had build up from when it got wet then was used on more dry things.
How does your Dad feel about you being back in America with your Mum?
I've already worked on my fav - Space Mountain.
Say hi to your fiancee and have a great wedding!!
They like it when I'm on holiday
Soak it in vinegar overnight, then rinse it out with just water with a hose sprayer or something. Set it out in the sun to dry completely.
You're A Big Fat Quiz fan aren't you?
Hey Mr. Giacchino!
I love your work, especially on films like the Incredibles, Star Trek, and Planet of the Apes, but the one score I love most from you is one that I don’t think gets nearly enough appreciation – that being your score for Jupiter Ascending.
I’m curious what the process of writing that was like, since from what I understand you wrote a good chunk of it before shooting had even started at the request of the Wachowskis. Was it more challenging? Less? Just different? What were you given to go on when it came to developing a tone and themes? How much of your original score made it into the film, and is there a chance of the unused stuff getting a release?
Do you know that Furz means fart in German? Maybe it was your destiny to become a plumber and now you disturbed the space time continuum?
Why in God’s name do they still sell that stupid carpet powder stuff ? Every vacuum I’ve ever cleaned that saw it was just clogged with that crap.
In your early career, what was the worst gig you ever did?
This was a really interesting project for me because the Wachowskis asked me to write the music before they started shooting. They didn't give me a script they gave me place descriptions, character descriptions and I basically wrote six suites based on their notes. It was very freeing because I wasn't locked to picture. Then after they shot the film we had to go back and add things here and there.
I'm very aware of this and feel I should make a German themed Colin fart video
I died on my arse in Essex when i first started. They didn't even clap when I finished.
Hello Mr. Giacchino, I've been a huge fan since you scored Medal of Honor: Frontline! That score is truly a soothing and mesmerizing theme that elevates the game. "Arhnem" is a masterpiece.
I'd love to know what was your inspiration to Medal of Honor's score?
HOW THE HELL HAVE YOU NOT DIED, YET?
What are your thoughts on Simplicity? (Still good? Maintenance issues to be aware of? etc.) I got a Simplicity canister more than ten years ago, and love it. I think the only thing I've replaced on it was the hose.
How does it feel to be a rich man's Nish Kumar?
I had a great Uncle, Peter Fortunato, who fought in WWII, and he told us so many stories. I knew that his stories represented that entire generation of people who went and fought that war. He was my inspiration.
I ask myself this, maybe I'm a cat...
Simplicity is a very good brand. You might not know that Simplicity is Riccar's sister company and the two brand's vacuums are almost identical.
Goddammit. I'm going to regret this, but:
Apparently my “yeti-like” ass hair
Follow up, do you think you're on some sort of watchlist now?
oh oh! please answer! ive been a follower of your work since jurassic park the lost world on playstation! when you scored jurassic world did you sneak some of that score into the raptor chase scene? also medal of honor and underground rocked!
I've seen all your videos and always wonder, is that tie a clip-on? safety wise of course.
Who makes the good (see; not too f'ing expensive) shampoo vacuum cleaner?
Here in England, you can rent a "Rug Doctor" but no idea if they are any good or not.
What questions do you wish you were asked more often?
Which is more annoying to listen to: cheeky remarks about your eye, your maths teaching career, or your vegan diet?
I can’t right now... One of the first things I did when I was able to, was some much needed manscaping 😂
You are a true follower! I definitely had a bit of the Raptor scene from the Lost World video game for those who would remember. Like you.
No it's not! Probably should be..
I don't recommend any consumer level shampooers. Hiring a professional with heated extraction is ideal, renting is better than nothing.
They all piss me off.
Hi, Mr. Giacchino!
I have to say that the Incredibles soundtrack is probably my favorite selection from you (though it's hard to really pick a favorite), but as a huge James Bond fan, I can't help but hear the various Bond-esque inspiration within the soundtrack. How did you decide to take that route, and if MGM/EON ever approached you for a Bond soundtrack, would you do it?
What do you use the bunker for? And how does it smell afterwards?
Director Brad Bird really wanted an old school Jazz orchestra vibe so it all started with that. I feel like the Incredibles IS my James Bond score so I'm good!
Rick uses it as a band practice room, I watch the formula 1 down there and it's a store for my inventions. It doesn't smell and has never got damp! #amazing
What's worse, school kids or hecklers?
Thanks! I hadn't seen that before. I chuckled audibly.
Year 9 Friday Period 5 was worse than any comedy club.
Did John Williams ever say anything to you about your Rogue One score?
Do you want your son to follow in your footsteps or would you rather he did something a little safer?
I work as a repair technician for a goodwill type organization in Europe, my job is to test and repair pretty much everything in your kitchen/living room. I pretty much learn on the job with some courses on the side, so I have a lot to learn. Vacuum cleaners come in all the time, and usually the 'fixes' we do is simply cleaning out the filters and replacing a bag if needed. If there's an actual defect chances are it is too time-intensive to fix, as we do need to make 'some' money.
Have any general tips that could help me salvage more of them rather than forfeiting them to recycling?
Hey Romesh, my partner at the time and I followed you and Seann Walsh through Windsor to find a gig you were doing once.
What's the oddest fan interaction you've had?
If he is interested in what I'm doing, but I won't push him into it!
Man, I don't know what your margins are like, but I can tell you that Youtube is a great recourse for repair tips. I go there when I've got a real odd ball that even my veteran techs in the company are stumped on.
Once a couple of pricks followed me through Windsor.
Vanilla or Chocolate? p.s. See you at band practice Alex
Love your show. Do you have any background in engineering?
I have 3 large dogs and 2 cats. What floor cleaning device do you suggest? I've murdered three different vacuums and am in need of advice.
I recently saw your stand up sometime last year in Southend at the Cliffs Pavillion. The show was great but what really stood out for me, and I wonder if you remember it was the incident with the fly that would not leave you alone on stage, and your handling of it was to a comedic point absolutely perfect.
My question for you is of all your stand up gigs you've done, except for 'the fly' what has been your favourite bit of improvised comedy, based on something an audience member said or something that happened on stage where you thought about it afterwards thinking 'I fucking killed that bit, couldn't have handled it better'?
Really enjoy all the shit you do, you were great last year on BFQOTY too so thanks for the entertainment!
P.S. if you come back to southend can I show them this comment and get up front row?
Chocolate Chip! Family Band Practice is ONE HOUR!!! BE HERE!!
I'ma plummer by trade but all my welding and machining skills are all self taught. I've just bought tools and tried to use them. Things have been broken along the way
If you have a lot of carpeting, a carpet rake can be used prior to vacuuming to save on bags or having to empty dust bins as much.
Also, with that kind of heavy duty environment, you really should invest in a premium vacuum and then have it serviced regularly. You should also do monthly maintenance on your brush roller, to remove any built up hair on the brush and around the brush bearing end caps. This will greatly increase the lifespan of the brush roller and belts. Change your belts once a year.
THat fly thing was the maddest thing that happened on the whole tour - Thanks for coming!
Michael, how is it possible to write ALL the movie scores AND still be such the nicest guy possible!?
What was your favourite build and why?
I wonder the EXACT SAME THING ABOUT YOU in terms of how the heck do you make so many amazing things and STILL be such a nice open person??? You know what - next time we are out together lets start a bar fight and see how the other half lives? Deal?
I have many favourites but the bunker gets used the most, the mobility scooter launched the channel and I can't believe the hover bike worked
why did you do what you did? do you think you'll do it again? did you ever be a man and take responsibility for being stupid robbing and breaking parole or do you blame society/others/parents/bad education for your situation? what do you expect when you get home? good luck..
What was their reaction, they fire you immediately, or did you quit?
What do you think you might do for work now?
Hi Mr. Giacchino, I'm a huge fan of yours. I remember watching Star Trek for the first time and being completely overwhelmed with emotions when Labor of Love played. Absolutely the most beautiful music I've heard. Was there anything that influenced you while you composed it?
Where do you get inspiration from? On a similar note, what youtube channels are your favorite?
On episodes of "Taskmaster" and interviews following it, quite often you acted like you genuinely weren't enjoying being on the show and regretted agreeing to appear (particularly this interview - transcript/video). How much of this was your grumpy stage persona and how much is genuine? What was your experience of "Taskmaster" really like?
Why did I do what I did for the violation? My violation was for my oversight (please see previous comment) My original crime? I was hanging out with the “wrong crowd” and when the idea of robbing people came up, I thought it was a joke, so I just agreed so as not to look scared (19 yo logic at work). When it came time to commit the actual robbery, I was operating on the thought process that well if I SAID I was going to do it, I have to.
I have always taken responsibility for my actions. No one MADE me do it, I made the decision. I was raised in a decent and loving home, I knew right from wrong, I just wanted to be one of the “cool” kids. No one put me here but me. I expect a hard road to forgiveness from my family, because I really should know better. They are all very disappointed, but none more than me.
I was fired by the president of the University.
Thank you. I was influenced by the story, the fact that this guy was going to die on a mission and at the same time his child was being born who he would never meet. And he was aware of that, it was really sad, so I wrote what I felt.
Inspiration can come from many places, other videos, silly thoughts and accidental mistakes. Hacksmith, James Bruton and Alec Steele are pretty good!
Everything I do is genuine. I enjoyed Taskmaster but I was aggrieved at some of the injustices.
For my money you are as close to an heir to John Williams as any composer today. There is a "brightness" to your scores that I really only ever hear in Williams' work. What is the extent of your relationship with John Williams, and have you had conversations with Disney about further work on the Star Wars series?
How do you feel about the YouTube community right now? Also, have you ever thought about a colab with William Osman or one of the other engineerish channels?
My budget is $150.
Mostly laminate floors with a couple of thick rugs. No pets, couple of kids.
Which vacuum do you recommend?
Romesh mate. Any plans on more of them BBC3 “interviews cum conversations” that you had with Jack Dee, James Acaster etc.?
3 minute YouTube clips just aren’t enough.
Thanks! John and I are friends - he's been an amazing person to get to know over the years. As for the future - nothing planned as of yet. Pretty busy on non-star wars projects!
I feel YouTube is the same now as it ever was with people talking and sharing ideas. It's just got bigger which can change people's perceptions. I'll have to check that guy out!
Anything under $200 is gonna be pure shit. The best bang for your buck @ $200 MSRP is Fuller Brush's Easy Made. It's a helluva lot of vacuum for the price and won't fall apart as fast as the shitty ones.
I cannot confirm for definite. But maybe.
I'm making a low budget erotic sci-fi romance movie that's like 50 Shades of Grey meets Star Wars and Zootopia. Would you be interested in scoring it for me? My budget is $13.
And have you ever cried while scoring anything? Specifically Coco or Up?
Hey Colin. Thanks for the videos. I was turned on to them by an old mate of yours here in Thailand. He passes on this message:
Hey fur ball .. hows it going when can we make some more cheap kungfu movies
As for my question: When are you coming down to Thailand to make a few videos? Let's just say there are fewer safety rules/regulations down here.
So based on your previous threads, I bought a Miele C3 cat/dog. Love the vacuum, but I'm a little confused about setting the height for the powerhead for our carpet.
Obviously too low and it's too hard to push around, and too high and it's not touching the carpet at all. But there seem to be two settings that "work" for each of our different carpets (we have carpeted rooms with a 3/4 inch pile, and then some rugs that are lower).
Is there any more accurate way to determine the ideal height? If there are two that seem to work, is it better to pick the higher or lower one? Am I just way-overthinking this?
Is there any joke that once those words left your mouth you instantly regretted, or thought you went to far, and if so, what was it?
I've cried during UP, COCO, INSIDE OUT, APES - you name it. You get very emotionally involved in making the music match the emotions of the characters - so you sometimes have to feel what they are feeling - it's a lot like acting.
Good luck with your film! Sounds genre breaking.
Funny you should ask I have an idea in mind which would take me there. Tell Tanner fish freedom is looking for him
With every vacuum that has height adjustment there is only one proper procedure to determine the best height.
Always start on the highest setting and work it down just until it starts to vibrate the rug/carpet, an NO lower. This allows for ideal agitation in the fibers and airflow into the vacuum. Also, with your Miele, keep in mind that the ideal power settings are the rug settings whenever you're on carpeting.
My mum and wife are a bit pissed off about what i said about them this morning in an interview.
How much notice do you give to the neighbours / the police / the council for your projects? The AT-AT for exampple, did you need planning permission for that?
Oh shit, I've been doing the complete opposite! I thought that getting the bristles deeper in = deeper clean. 😫
It's all about how I hear it in my head. Think of it as a painting. You start with a pencil sketch outline (the piano sketch) and then you start to fill in the colors (the various instruments). Painting and Orchestrating are very similar in many regards.
I find forgiveness is easier to seek than permission
Exactly the opposite of what you intended. It wears out your vacuum and your carpet.
Have you ever watched the "Fresh Out" series on youtube about prison/getting out?
It's really interesting and I'm wondering if you had similar experiences?
Like, did you ever get your cheeks busted or have to split some wigs?
Is it true you scored Rogue One in only four weeks? Why so short a time? And how did you DO that?
What are your feelings in regards to hard wood flooring/tile/linoleum?
Were you raised vegetarian? Why did you go vegan? I love hummus.
I have been notified of it and have bookmarked it for future viewing. I am still getting caught up.
I came on to the project late after reshoots and Alexandre Desplat had scheduling conflicts, so there was only 4 and half weeks at the point in the production schedule. I just focused on getting it done, and pretty much did nothing else!
To my surprise we woke up in the morning and it had all burnt away. I think the ground was so hot it helped keep the coals burning until gone
Bare floors are certainly cleaner than carpeting. Carpeting is the single filthiest thing in one's home.
I decided to go veggie at 12. And then veganism followed five years ago.
I love the (bowed metal?) sound from Rogue One. How was that sound made?
Hi Colin, been a fan for years, your projects are great.. my favourite is the TukTuk..
Simple question... how many fireworks for 6 million subs and what will they be attached to ? :D
Ugh, and the weirdest of people that have carpeting in their BATHROOM! How can anyone think that is ok? I can't even keep a bath mat in there...
The FBI got my IP address and my ISP gave them my billing info.
Upthread, you mentioned the euphoria of manipulating people. There are a lot of programs and ideas being thrown about on how to discourage other people, especially young people, from doing something similar. What do you think would be most effective?
Have you talked to Rian Johnson yet about his trilogy?
I'm assuming that John Williams will retire after Episode IX and you will be the new SW music guy.
Hi Colin, Love your work! Have you ever destroyed a safety tie or has it always done it’s job?
I had an apartment with carpeted kitchen. Week 1 I dropped an egg, and from that day on I could never walk barefoot in my own kitchen for fear of what else was in there.
I haven't spoken to him about it but can't wait to see what he's done!
We are currently on the 2nd tie and 3rd shirt. The previous tie was falling apart and stank really bad
Have any newfound hobbies or interests after getting out of prison?
I wish you the best by the way.
Hey Michael, Big fan! Thank you for doing this.
What goes into composing your iconic motifs? The Incredibles, Up, Star Trek... I can't even name them all.
Do you know the song from Once, "Broken Hearted Hoover-Fixer-Sucker Guy"? It is a gem. I hope you don't have a similar sad tale.
Romesh, how do you keep your beard looking so good? What's your secret?
Jeopardy and Magic The Gathering.
Well all I can say is I try to find a musical equivalent to the story and characters of the film. Its hard to explain but it's all about what feels right when Im sitting at the piano.
Next year I want to test something in an exotic location so I actually get a holiday!
That is a great song. I have a sad tale of my own.
I use a Mango and vanilla oil. It's amazing
Michael, I love the piece Married Life from Up so much that I brought myself to learn the piano to play it. Was there a piece of music that gave you the motivation to play music?
Hey Colin, love the channel! What project would you most like to do if you had an unlimited budget?
It seems like every time I buy a vacuum cleaner, they lose all suction within a week. My dirt devil just happened to have this problem. I tried cleaning out all the ports on it and still nothing, bad suction like all the other vacs I get. What's going on you think?
On a scale of 1 to Sadiq Khan, how much of a coconut are you?
We pretrialed it all the way until the day before actual trial, then I flipped my plea and took the deal.
My dad had a huge record collection and I was listening to it since I can remember, so I loved all kinds of music: jazz, big band, classical. I do remember trying to sound out Jaws at a young age!
You're buying shitty vacuums.
Seriously, spend more for a higher quality vacuum that has better performance. Also, I'm not saying you're a dirty person, but vacuuming at least once a week can help alleviate clogs.
Also, take your time vacuuming. Racing through the job can cause lots of debris to come rushing in and causing a blockage.
One last thing...do manually pick up any objects larger than dirt, dust, and hair to avoid those clogging your vac.
I am a Krishnan Guru Murthy.
What made you think that was a good idea? I’m not even being an asshole, I promise. When I was a freshman (2000) a kid in my grade made a bomb threat though some really vague communication with someone on a burner phone, they caught him quickly and we never saw him again. Even though you were states away, you weren’t nervous?? Did you know they were coming for you, or was it a surprise? Thank you, I followed you from the other thread.
Huge fan! Always excited to see your name come up in the credits when I'm starting a film or tv show. May be a dumb question, but as someone curious about the politics of entertainment, who reaches out to you and requests your work on their project? Is it one of the creative-types involved or is it an executive-type, or does it always differ? That being asked, who first approached you to work on Lost?
Have you made any inventions that you actually use on a day to day basis? I don't imagine a thermite kettle to be too practical in the long run
Which one wins in a fight, a roomba or a Corgi? The Corgi has heterochromia if that affects the odds at all.
It was kind of like the old 4chan cardstand threads. You know, the one where someone would post the webcam of Times Square that was positioned in front of a store with a Cardstand out front. OP would then say, HEY IM GOING TO TIP OVER THAT CARDSTAND IN 30 MINUTES! And then it never happens. It was like that. HEY I AM GOING TO SHOOT UP A SCHOOL IN FOUR HOURS, the goal is to make you wait the 4 hours to see if it actually happens.
I mean, Roombas are kinda cheaply built. I think a Corgi could take it.
Who the hell is this?
Where do you think you’re going after this, and how do you think it changed from what where you would be going?
• Peanut Butter: Creamy or Crunchy?
Hi Colin - who is your favourite tube supplier in Peterborough and why is it Apex Tubes?
What are your thoughts on built in vacuum systems for homes? I have a Miele vacuum that I love but will be building a home soon and some people are suggesting it would be a mistake not to get one built in. If I do go that route, what are the better brands?
I just love that dairy grade stainless and the free supply of biscuits
Central vac systems are great if you're building a home. That being said, because of the long, heavy hoses most systems use, just about everyone I know with a CV system also has a conventional vac because the don't enjoy lugging around the hoses.
Series starts next year
Love your work! I just found out about this AMA seconds after you tweeted it.
Who is your favorite composer? What is your favorite movie score/soundtrack?
Have you been to Bombay Cottage in Stamford? I went on the way to Stansted from the north and it was well nice
edit: holy shit I just found this image when googling it https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/07/fb/1c/aa/havin-fun-with-our-tuck.jpg
Brand suggestions? And yes, the suggestion was that if we do get a central vac that we get a hose for every floor (which makes me think we might as well get a vacuum for every floor if we do that).
Hey Romesh! My husband and I are big fans of you from Taskmaster, but that's the only thing we know you from. It's kinda hard to follow our favorite British comics when we live in America. :( What projects are you most proud of? We'll try to find ways to watch and share the best we can!
We use Taskmaster as a background show to put on when we have family/friends over and try to show others what great humor panel shows have. It's gotten great reception... If it makes any difference, your name is definitely in this American household often!
Wake up about 6:30AM, go to breakfast, come back, watch the first hour of GMA. Then watch Match Game on GSN, then go outside to listen to BBC News Hour on my radio, come back in for count, lunch, Afternoon GED instructor job, count again, dinner, jeopardy, more TV then bed. Rinse, Repeat.
That's a question I can never give one name to. I love Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, John Williams Alex North, huge fan of Jerry Goldsmith, and then I love all kinds of music, Big Band, classical, marching band, can't name just one. I love the score to King Kong, the original by Max Steiner, it's the grandfather of all film scores.
YES that's my local Indian!
Big fan of your work..I honestly believe your Star Trek theme is one the greatest themes ever made. That said. What was your favorite movie to score or tv show to score?
What is the most scared you have ever been doing one of your videos?
Kirby vs dyson?
Romesh, I feel as though I was born in the wrong country because I absolutely love British humor. As one of my favorite comedians I always use you as one of my go to comedians to introduce Americans to how much better comedy is over there. I have to say in addition to all of your stand up that I absolutely love Tree Wizard. Did you ever think it would be as well received as it was? Video for those that haven't seen it. Tree Wizard
My Family and I ordered a 120 Nugget Party platter from Chick-Fil-A in Princeton, WV. IT WAS AMAZING!!
Thank you so much! No real favorite - enjoyed them all for different reasons - but I do love LOST!
Half way through the 360 swing build it didn't look safe which was worrying as I was nearly 10 metres off the ground!
Not a big fan of either. The Kirby lasts forever, but has shit filtration. The Dysons have shit airflow, choke on everything, and fall apart with ease.
I did Tree Wizard just as a task and the song was something i just improv'd on the day. I am delighted to see its genius recognised.
You’re my favorite composer ever! Would you come to my wedding?
Would you ever consider a colab with Adam Savage, aka. u/mistersavage? A video of you guys on Tested would be amazing.
We have a Rainbow (not my choice, husband bought it some years before we met) and I fucking hate it. I hate its big heavy dumbshit canister, I hate its stupidly short hoses, I hate dumping out carpet soup when I'm done with it. Given the option I'd happily fill the water reservoir with kerosene and light the bitch on fire.
Unfortunately, a quality vacuum isn't in the budget right now. Any tips on keeping this big dumb sonofabitch in good shape?
And thanks for doing another AMA! Never thought vacuum cleaners could be this interesting.
How come nobody ever mentions Atmosphere on your hip hop saved my life podcast? Love hhsml though, who raps the intro?
When the FBI agent called me.
Yeah there's a few I'd like to collab with that are stateside but the huge, gaping pot of water in between makes things difficult. My next collab will probs be with Alec Steele
Thank you for the kind words. I'm sorry about your Rainbow woes.
The best thing I can tell you to keep it in tip top shape is to always empty and set the bowl aside to dry when you finish vacuuming. Take off the separator and rinse it off every time. If the separator is caked with scale, soak it overnight in a cup of vinegar.
Wipe the motor gasket (the part that sits on the bowl) and keep it clean and supple.
Change your belt on the powerbrush nozzle once a year, and take the brush roller out once every month or two to check for hair around the bearing end caps.
A friend of mine, comedian David Jordan
How do you feel now coming back to the internet? I feel like i'd never use the internet again after going to prison for it.
have you ever worn womens clothing? me and my buddy have a little bet going on....
Hello, thank you for your time and efforts
How do you scavenge for parts? Do have quite the collection before hand or you go looking during the planning stages?
I have inherited a rainbow vacuum that I am pretty happy with, with one exception. I have a Cane Corso (big dog), and even after thoroughly cleaning the vacuum, it smells like heated dog funk every time I run it. Is there anything that can be done to get rid of that??
A little bit of both. Four of the under bench drawers you see in the shed are full of potentially useful items. Sometimes I'll find an item and make the project around that
Take it to your local vac repair shop for a cleaning service.
I would love to interview Nas.
What was the thought process behind the school you picked? Was it just totally random - dart at a map sort of thing?
What was your trial like? Was the prosecution focused on proving you made the threats, or trying to show how damaging the effect was, or trying to paint you as a dangerous character?
What type of piano do you have in your home studio?
Yes, the French need more poking. A post Brexit build may be in order
Tacony still makes a commercial version of the Butler under the brand name Clean Max. Your Riccar dealer can order one from his supplier for you.
My mum's house.
Are prisons really as racially segregated as shown on TV? Where you only able to socialize with other people who shares your skin color?
As someone who loves all of Pixar's original songs (especially Le Festin, which is how I chose my username) and can't wait to see Coco, I just want to know, has Pixar considered making more musicals? Thank you so much for doing this AMA and for being one of the best composers working today.
how did the vacuum cleaner cross the road?
Go see Coco, it's the closest thing to a musical that Pixar has ever done. At the moment I have no idea if they have a musical in the pipeline.
Yes got to fully test things
With a really aggressive agitator and a self-propelling transmission, I assume.
When other teachers found out what happened.
Did you ever feel like a criminal when you did the trolling and did you ever think it would/could backfire?
Michael, over the last decade you have quickly become one of my favorite film composers out there! You've crafted so many fantastic scores with so many fun, memorable themes.
Here are 2 questions I have for you:
What can you tease about the score for Incredibles 2? Other than the main theme, what else might carry over and return musically from the first film? What new material might we look forward to? Having thought you would be fired from the first film, I'd like to hear what excites you about the new film.
More importantly, what has been your favorite pun-filled title that you and you music editors have come up with over the years? I absolutely LOVE them, but was wondering if you have a favorite(s).
Thank you for your incredible music (no pun intended), cant wait to hear what the future has in store for you!
Which project gave you the most satisfaction when you finished it?
I love an overly aggressive agitator, nothing is more funny to me then when my Riccar head for my CV hits a weird carpet and sounds like a wookie getting fucked by an oddly shaped cactus.
1) Well the style will be similar but look for new themes and set pieces to expand on the last film.
2) I like a LOT of them - but It Takes One To Rogue One is pretty good I think.
The 100mph dodgem as I'd made such a good job of it I couldn't stop staring at it!
You're a legend!
Thoughts on hand vacuums? I'm looking for something for the car mainly. :)
Thanks! There's a lot of options out there. Try visiting your local vacuum retailer. Support your locally owned small businesses.
I am more happy at a potential Spurs decline
What movie score do think has has the biggest impact on the industry?
What is your personal favorite?
Do you plan your designs beforehand, or just get an idea and run with it? Also, how often have you gotten to the middle of a project and found you had to change everything? Thanks for doing this AMA! One of my favorite channels on YouTube.
If you use a vaccum cleaner to clean another, does it become a vacuum cleaner vaccuum cleaner?
King Kong by Max Steiner is one of my favorites and it was the one that really had the biggest impact on the industry because prior to then it was someone at a piano. It was the first score with a big orchestra and it changed film music forever.
I may do a rough sketch but most of the time I just start and yes you do sometimes have to change things
It makes you a vacuum cleaner cleaner and your vacuum cleaner cleaner.
I'm a massive Bill Burr fan
You've spoken a bit how you realized you were in actual, serious trouble when the FBI called you.
I don't want to dredge up bad memories, but can you walk us through what that actually felt like? Knowing that they were coming after you. Were you sick? Did some kind of "flight" instinct kick in where you felt like running? A lot of pacing and anxiety? Did you call your parents?
Just wondering how it went down. Good to see you're on a better path now, man.
How many messages do you get from couples saying they used the score from the opening scene in UP (The Carl and Ellie montage) as their wedding song?
Hello Colin. I really enjoy watching your videos on YouTube. A lot of the time, it seems that you're working alone in your shed. Are there generally more people around working on things than we see, or are you typically just slogging away keeping yourself (and us) entertained?
Wu Tang Clan or Curry?
Well, when I spoke to the FBI agent over the phone he demanded somewhere I could meet with him immediately. It was the morning after the iPhone 6 came out and I had been waiting in line all night with a friend. So I meet with him at the local Waffle House. My instinct the entire time was to try and explain that the threat was just a joke post on 4chan and that I would never hurt anyone. At the end of the meeting I was in tears but he said the FBI was not charging me but he had to report back to Ohio and it was up to them to charge me and left the meeting. Ohio issued the warrant and I was arrested in Florida the next day.
Most of the time it is just me but Rick helps me out on the larger projects where a second pair of hands is needed. But I do all the editing, designing, social media etc all myself
Curry while listening to Wu-Tang.
Do you tear up at the first 5 minutes of Up like the rest of us do?
How often do sponsors reach out to you to make thing like the Deus Ex gauntlets and others?
How did you get into supporting Arsenal?
When I worked on it I did - haven't seen it recently so I'm not sure!
Things come in waves as games, films etc. all tend to come out at similar times eg. spring, summer, Christmas
My Dad lived in North London when he moved to the Uk. He became a gooner and so now the family is Arsenal.
What does your family think of your story? It must be a real conversation starter at Thanksgiving.
Mr. Giacchino, First let me say thank you for all the fantastic audial memories and emotional musical journeys you have brought to every ear that your compositions touch. I think you're a fantastic composer and cannot wait to hear your future works.
For just a bit of backstory, since I started playing Trombone (6th grade), I've always thought about what it would be like to play in the recording of a film score. Although this is not the direction I have taken in my career path (just obtained my Bachelor's in Instrumental Music Education), I would still love to accomplish this dream someday. This is where my questions are coming from.
How are members of the ensemble selected? (Is it usually just a prejoined ensemble, such as the New York Philharmonic, or does the Studio usually have a list of musicians on call?)\ If most studios only use preexisting ensembles, which ones get chosen the most, or if they hire individual musicians: (next 2 questions)
How would a single musician get onto the call list\into the business of recording film soundtracks?
Do you conduct the ensembles recording your compositions, or does someone else conduct them? If not you, then do you pick the conductor, or does the Studio?
And this is just because I'm curious: 4. What was it like to play a Stormtrooper in The Force Awakens?
It's the old joke, How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. Kidding aside, the musicians who are studio musicians have been working for years. They have to come to the session not knowing what they are playing and sit down and start recording, they sight read on the spot. So it's all about coming out to LA, starting work where you can, meeting musicians, joining organizations such as ASMAC, SCL (look them up), just start gigging. Some of the musicians that play on my scores have been recording things for forty or more years. There really isn't a direct path that I can tell you. We don't use the "LA PHIL" but musicians in the orchestra play for other composers, etc.
Is there any casual ways prison had changed your life? Like new interests, new skills, even new knowledge you had never even thought of perusing before?
What is your favourite piece you've ever created?
Who convinced you to do a Reddit AMA?
I got so into Jeopardy. I watched and self kept my own score for 386 episodes. I am seriously going to write the producers and show them my self scoring system and let them know how much the show meant to me to help me get through the toughest time of my life.
Don't really have a favorite but LOST will always have a special spot for me.
I can't remember but I am regretting it.
Worst thing about prison? Best thing about it? How did your family and friends react? How do the act around you now that you're back?
Hi mate, love from Northern Ireland.
How many scores on average do you do per year?...and is it tough to start from scratch on a new project?
Cheers, keep up the good work
I mentioned this in a comment section but it didn't really pick up steam so I'm going to mention it here as a potential project for Furze's invention show. Can you make a machine, that makes coleslaw? So you put all your lovely veggies in and a few jars of mayo and it slices the veggies and mixes it all together all at once. Inb4 any smartass tries to mention a food processor or a blender they don't chop things they just mush which isn't what the beautiful slaw is about. On a related note more Furze's invention show pls xox.
I tried to spruik you over at r/vegan for this AMA but also for your attempt to 'crack America', but you only have the Greek Theatre show advertised! Are you mostly focusing on the doco, or doing smaller local shows there too, and how can people find out about them?
Worst thing, the food. Aramark ran the food service at the prison I was at and they were probably spending $1 a day per inmate for 3 meals. Best thing, it's hard to say but probably the ability to tune out and be disconnected from the internet. I read about 20 books during my stay and watched 386 episodes of Jeopardy.
Hello Northern Ireland! It depends on the year - some years it may be 3 some it may be 5. I love the beginning of a new project - it's always fun to get the engine started and see where it will take me.
It's a good idea but a Furze slaw wouldn't have mayo in as I hate it. Mother used salad cream as a replacement, is this acceptable?
I will tweet all of my gigs in the run up to the Greek
Michael, I am such a fan and have been following your career as you soar from amazing project to amazing project. I am a composer myself and am wondering if you’d be willing to share what your writing process is like.
Do you work alone on a piece from start to finish in a DAW at your home studio, or do you have an office/workspace that you go to write?
How much of your writing is “playing around” with melodies and experimentation and how much is a focused approach with a clear direction in your mind?
How are you finding the differences between British & US crowds and you have to tailor your material to suit?
That I never want to go BACK to prison. Being a thousand miles away from home, not being able to be with the people who love and care for you, how much you miss the simple things in life like bathroom privacy...
I work alone in my home office. It's just me here writing. My orchestrations are pretty complete before handing them off for final orchestrations.
Once I have a melody in place that I am happy with I go right to writing the scenes. I don't spend a lot of time playing around - I'm pretty focused and usually know where I want to take something.
US crowds are offended by different things. but otherwise the same.
You get one tweet for the rest of your life. Who do you tweet and what do you say?
I started on the first of August and finished 10th October but in the middle I built the Assassin's Creed hidden blade so I think 6-7 weeks
I'm leaving Twitter.
ever thought about going on robot wars? or making something even better aka something that wouldnt fit to their pansy safety rules ;D
Hi Romesh, I'm also a stone faced brown man and as such I'm a big big fan of your work. I really loved the interaction with your little cousin in both series of Asian Provocateur. What's the stupidest question you've gotten while in America and does it top the stupidest one you've gotten in the UK/elsewhere abroad?
Someone asked me why Islam is so evil.
What's your favorite instrument? Why?
As a creator who are some of your biggest influences, in the past and today?
Are you ever going to release a rap album?
Get a STEM degree and start a family and advocate anti-trolling.
I love to play the ukulele.
Love the Victorians as they built everything so solid and to last. As for the present so many people doing so many cool things it's hard to choose. Also I'm locked in a shed for 24hrs so I have blinkered vision
I love hip hop too much to insult it like that.
Now that you are out, what plans do you have for the next year or two of your life in terms of bettering yourself, and were you able to learn any trades or education in prison? Also, I'm from the Tampa Bay area also, have you heard about the possible serial killer in Seminole Heights?!
Hey Mr Giacchino, big fan of your work The Incredibles soundtrack is one of my all time favourites.
Just want to ask who's idea was it to do the orchestral tv Spiderman theme for the beginning of Homecoming?
How smug will you be if you ever actually have to use your bunker?
Who is funnier, your Mom or your Uncle?
I'm structuring my entire life. I will be doing my 50/50/50 plan. I can not go to bed at night unless I do 50 minutes of working out, 50 minutes of learning Spanish, and 50 minutes of learning Piano. It gets me off the computer and broadening my horizons.
Both Kevin Feige at Marvel and I thought it would be a fun thing to do! And it was!
Neither of them are funny.
Love the channel Colin, also saw your exhibit at Beaulieu which was awesome.
My question is has there been a project you scrapped or altered for safety reasons? Also will you be doing more on YouTube red or will you be doing free to watch from now on?
How many shows had you performed before you knew you’d be a professional comedian?
There is no more YouTube Red videos so all videos free as normal from now on. I made a bacon cooking machine which at present is a bacon jamming and burning machine
Where there any things you were particularly scared about that turned up not being a big deal or not as serious when you got sentenced?
And on the flip side was there anything that you thought woulden't be too bad but ended up being a lot worse.
Also, if you don't mind me asking..How old are you?
Loved your Spider-Man homecoming score! Will you back for the sequel and do you ha e anything planned for it yet?
How do you find sponsors? Do they come to you or do you go to them? Also what was the best sponsor to work with?
Are you ever performing in the UK again??
Prison Rape really isn't a big deal thanks to PREA. I thought it would be going on non-stop.
And air conditioning. Since it was Ohio, I thought the dorm not having air conditioning would be fine. Winter and Summer really proved that wrong.
That's a ways off but I'm hoping to continue what I started - more news to come.
All sponsors come to me. They're all great to work with as I only work with sponsors who allow me to do what I want to do
Definitely. Tour being written as we speak.
Where do you look for inspiration when you score for animated movies? Has Joe Hisaishi been an influence on your work? Really proud that someone from South Jersey is doing great things - all the best!
Hi Colin!! Been a subscriber for over a year now, love your style of building, what was the first large piece of manufacturing equipment you bought for your shed, and which machine would you miss the most if it broke?
Any recent success in finding good vegan cheese?
I have a new appreciation for my family and everyone that loves me. They were the only ones who stood by me while the 4chan side of the internet slaughtered me with memes and jokes.
The inspiration almost always comes fro the story itself and the characters. Putting myself in their shoes. Sometimes however it hits closer to home - like on Inside Out - that was all about my daughter. Go New Jersey!
A pillar drill would be the first large one but welder would be missed as when I first learnt to weld I felt like the world was opened up before me
I currently like Miyoko and Tyne Chease
Hello Mr. Giacchino, big fan also here. Do you prefer, if you have a preference of course, working on a movie or a tv show?
Hey Colin. We are engineers and developers. Some of the videos you make inspire us. Have you ever thought of making a jetpack build? A more serious question though, what do you think of STEM initiatives for school children?
How's Rags? He's funnier than you.
No I feel like a shmuck who screwed his life up and has to work twice as hard to prove that I am not a bad guy.
I love both but with the amount of movies I've been doing its hard to commit to a TV show.
Yeah I'd love to make a jetpack at some point as it would complete my James Bond villain status to go with my bunker. As for STEM getting kids into science, building or anything in a practical way from an early age is great
He's just started doing stand up so check him out.
Hey, I don’t know if you’re still reading these, but im wondering that, since you’ve said that you think you deserved your punishment, do you think you were a bad person before your arrest? Obviously prison has changed you, and served as a rehab facility like it is meant to, but personally i would have a hard time thinking of myself as a bad person whether past or present.
Thanks for doing this AMA!
How does it feel once you've completed a score and it finally gets recorded? Is there a sense of "Aha, that's it"! Do you ever feel like it was what you expected?
How did you gain your initial YouTube audience? Was it a viral video that set off your career or was it constant really good videos or something else?
As a guy who wasn't always appreciative of his teachers back in the day (say about ten years ago), how could said guy make up for being a bit of a bell-end in class?
I was definitely a bad person. What kind of good guy threatens to hurt little kids? Like what on EARTH was I thinking? I was alienating my friends to drive me places because I was drunk, I gave up on my responsibilities to my family and church all for the selfish purposes of drinking and internet.
It's always a relief when we are finished recording the score. And sometimes I feel that "aha that's it!" moment, but more often than not I am not totally satisfied, which I think is good because that is what keeps you motivated as an artist.
Mixture of both. wall of death, mobility scooter, jet bike videos gave initial boost but good content has maintained growth
Don't worry - part of teachers' job is to be underappreciated.
What's it like hearing about major world news from inside prison. Events like the shooting in vegas or the attacks in paris?
Currently tearing up just thinking about the “Oceanic Six” How did you and JJ Abrams start collaborating ? I’ve been a fan since Alias ( which btw is severely under estimated )
What do your wife and neighbors think of all of your shenanigans?
I want to ask something but I can’t think of anything interesting so I’ll just say that I think you’re a very funny bloke and that I hope your show in LA goes well.
Edit: Just got a message saying that there needs to be a question in this. Alright mate?
I just wish the violence would stop. This one hurt the most. https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/Jewish-Israeli-Suspect-JCC-Bomb-Threats-Israeli-Police-416919853.html
I had been writing music for video games when I received an email from J.J. I actually thought that it was a joke that one of my friends was playing on me, I didn't really know who he was and hadn't watched Felicity. But I called the number on the email and it was him and he said "I heard your music from Medal of Honor, I have a new show coming up called Alias and I'd love to talk to you about scoring it. The rest, as they say, is history.
There are tough days for them but generally they are supportive!
I'm good mate.
What do you think is the best way to get through to the teenage/early 20s trolls in 2017?
Also, good on you for learning from the experience and having the humility to talk to others about it. All the best man
Will you write a song about net neutrality? please.
I think diversity is an ongoing issue but I would love to see a lot more diversity behind the camera too.
A few years ago, I saw you at the Houston Symphony when Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness were played with the symphony playing your music. It was amazing and I hadn't realized how incredible your score was until I heard it live in symphony.
I guess my question is, how on Earth do you have time to do things like you did at the Houston Symphony and write the iconic music that you're known for?
P.S. Do you plan on ever coming back? That was an amazing night for me and my girlfriend.
When did you first start doing comedy? and how the hell did you get so good at it?
Work as hard as I can, Love as hard as I can, Learn as much as I can, Be as positive as I can AND NEVER DRINK AGAIN.
I love doing concerts but as you can see from our concert schedule, it isn't that often! It's hard to fit things in like that sometimes. At the moment we aren't scheduled to go back to Houston, but tell the symphony that you want them to bring Star Trek Beyond there. Glad you came!
I'm nowhere near as good as I want to be - I started about 8 years ago.
Hey, Mr. Giacchino, how does it feel to doing score for Darth Vader in action scenes?
Who's your favourite comedian other than yourself?
Big fan here (duh!) and I have a few quick questions that I hope you can help me with for a project I'm working on about the pilot of LOST.
1.) When JJ, Damon, Mary Jo and their crew were working on the pilot to create a version to present it to the network they used temp music from other movies by composers like Morricone, Carpenter or Zimmer. Those songs created such a different feeling for the pilot - it's really fascinating in comparison to your score.
I still got a copy of that version and I could make out that they used the opening theme from Blade Runner, the song "Silence" from The Thin Red Line and "Queen to Bishop" from Aliens. Do you know who chose those songs? Was it maybe you? Or haven't you been involved with that part of the process?
2.) Do you by any chance remember when you began writing the score for the pilot?
3.) Do you still know when you were done working on the pilot? The scoring for part 1 of the pilot was done/started August 24 2004 and part 2 was done/started, as far as I know, September 7 2004. I'm just curious, because this feels pretty late (just 2 weeks before the show went on air) when there were over 3 months in between.
4.) Has there been something/someone special that inspired your music for the pilot?
5.) Would you be willing to share some sheet music from the pilot? That would be very very cool!
2) I don't even remember the temp - in fact I'm not sure I really ever listened to it. I don't remember the exact date - but it was a few weeks before we scored the pilot which was pretty close to when it aired. 3)It WAS very close to the air date. Again - not sure the exact date. Would have to check my Cal! 4) The story and characters we what inspired the music - I just loved it. 5) Not really allowed to share the sheet music because that's owned by Disney and I unfortunately don't control that - sorry!
Who is this??
Your music is so wonderful. It's my dream to play French horn on movie soundtracks. Any advice on how to get started? I can already play anything put in front of me.
Do you like the mix of working on different projects, like stand up, docos, sitcoms and other shows?
If you were guaranteed success, which one would you choose to do most of?
It depends on where you are. You have to come out to LA and start getting involved in the music scene out here. You will find many musicians in their own groups, small orchestra ensembles, etc who are studio musicians, and they have to be able to play anything in front of them because they don't get music until the day of the gig.
I always enjoy doing live most, but everything is fun.
What is your favorite score that you have ever made?
Edit: and i also wanted to ask you what inspired you to go into this field and do what you do?
Thank you so much for doing this it is incredibly cool to hear from you!
How come you don't have any merch with your face on it? T-shirts, stuff like that?
Like and dislike them all for various reasons but LOST has a special place for me.
There is some on the way.
Do they ask you to think up a good story when you go on Would I Lie to You? And if your story is too boring do they give you a lieto tell instead?
For the 'This is My' section do they just give you the lie as to how you know the person?
I think they just see how it goes and pick the best ones.
My mom saw you on one of the soap operas (U.S.) she watches last week.
She couldn't remember your name and asked me "who's the black British comedian with the travel show?"
I said "Richard Ayoade?"
"YES! Yes, that's it."
That didn't sound right to me so i looked for a clip of the show. It took me about 20 minutes to track one down.
My questions are 1) what are you doing playing a camera man on a shitty soap and 2) is my mom a bit racist?
EDIT: Here is the clip. Romesh comes on at 7:55 into the video.
I thought it would be a laugh and it was.