Born in Colorado, Zain Effendi began life as a passionate composer of symphonic music at a very early age. By the age of five, Zain had already formed deep bonds with the art of crafting sound into music with great emotional depth. A majority of his childhood years were spent at the piano and it was there where he began his evolution as a composer.
It was in his teenage years however, that he became fascinated with the art of filmmaking. “There are few arts that have the facility to move and change humanity like film and I feel so privileged to be a part of this.”
His college years were spent studying at the finest music schools in the East Coast. “I was a small fish in a big sea full of genius musicians, I’m so thankful for that. It gave me the incentive to work harder at my craft than ever imaginable.” While studying composition at The Boston Conservatory for Music under the highly acclaimed composer Andy Vores, Zain spent countless hours perfecting his skills with the orchestra. These years played a key role in the development of Zain’s unique symphonic voice. It was during his last year while studying at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, where Zain had the rare opportunity to work alongside the Academy Award Winning composer Hans Zimmer (The Lion King.) “I packed a small bag and just hours after getting the phone call I was on the next plane to Los Angeles.”
Upon his arrival in Hollywood, Zain was immediately thrown into the biggest blockbusters of that summer. “Working with Zimmer and practically living at Remote Control Productions were the toughest and most influential years of my life. It was remarkable to be a part of such a world class team, all of us working together towards the production of such scores as The Pirates of The Caribbean and The Dark Knight.” After several years and almost a dozen films (The Holiday, Pirates of The Caribbean 3: A Dead Man’s Chest, The Simpson’s Movie, Bee Movie, Transformers, Casi Divas, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar 2: Escape From Africa, Frost/Nixon, The Dark Knight) with Zimmer, Zain left the studio to venture onto his solo career.
Zain currently works in Los Angeles. He was awarded Best New Composer at the Hollywood Music & Media Awards and he recently won a Telly award for his score to the film “Zombeo & Juliecula.” His recent projects include Neil Gaiman’s latest animated film “The Price” directed by Christopher Salmon,”Pleiades” directed by Angel Mario Huerta for Bad Robot Productions, The cult hit “Thankskilling 3” Directed by Jordan Downey,” “Moments of Clarity” directed by Stev Elam, and the most recent “Tinker Bell” and “Planes” short films for John Lasseter’s at DisneyToon Studios.