Welcome! My name is Steven Melin and I’m a Music Composer + Educator. I write music for Film, TV, & Video Games and teach others how to do the same! I’m passionate about infusing stories with unforgettable sonic experiences.
As a freelance music composer, I don’t have a big team. But I guarantee you individualized attention and quality every step of the process. I enjoy working with small development teams because of their creativity and boldness to challenge the status quo of storytelling. If you’re seeking custom music for your project, I’m here to help you create an engaging experience! Send me an email or connect with me on social media to start the conversation!
In middle school, I began playing the violin to perform more lyrical music and to have a portable instrument. I joined the school Orchestra and fell in love with playing in a large ensemble. In high school, I became much more serious about honing my musical skills by performing in both the school Orchestra & Chorus, while preparing to pursue piano performance as a college degree. During this time, I discovered the excitement of writing my own video game and film music.
In 2012, I graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.M. in Piano Performance. My experience was life-changing: I regularly performed in the Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Percussion Ensemble, & small ensembles; had private composition lessons; accompanied soloists; took music business & conducting classes; and began composing for commercial video games & films. After graduation, I decided to pursue more education to master my music composition, production, & business skills.
In 2014, I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with an MFA in Music Composition for the Screen. This experience was equally life-changing: I learned from industry masters how to effectively compose & produce music for video games & film. I had the incredible opportunity to record & conduct original scores with Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians at the Chicago Recording Center & Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians at Capitol Records. At the end of the program, I had the pleasure of interning with composer Joel Goodman (Finding Elmo, The American Experience) and assisting composer Garry Schyman (Bioshock, Shadow of Mordor).
Directly after graduating, I moved back to Atlanta, GA where I married my wife Natalie. I became the remote assistant to composer Penka Kouneva (Gears of War 3, Prince of Persia) while pursuing a career as a freelance musician. I partnered with Vision1 Music and Audio Jungle and have since licensed hundreds of music tracks on hit NBC, CBS, & FOX television shows, commercials, & films. I also partnered with Materia Collective, where I arrange video game music.
When I’m not in the studio, I serve as a keyboardist at 12Stone Church. I love spending time with friends & family, eating delicious food, playing video games, and watching TV & movies.