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Episode 107 | Composing for Dance and Film w/ Pepe Valdez

Join co-host Reyna and her husband Pepe Valdez as they talk about the collaboration process and composing music for dance film. Pepe discusses his experience as a musician and helpful tips on communicating with musicians for composition projects. (29:22)


[0:15] Reyna says welcome back and introduces musician and husband Pepe Valdez.


[2:44] Topic: Pepe & Conversing with a Musician

  • [1:52] Reyna says: “We’d like to get to know a little about you and your history with music?”

  • [4:05] Reyna asks: “So what has that process [communicating with non-musicians] been like for you?”

[5:41] Topic: Composing Music for Dance Film

  • [7:47] Reyna asks: “Music for dance film that has already been edited…what has that been like for you?”

  • [8:53] Reyna asks: “What is it that supports your creative process?”

[15:57] Topic: Advice & Reflection

  • [17:19] Reyna asks: “Is there a dance film or video film music artist or composer that you admire?”

  • [19:40] Reyna asks: “Do you feel the same way [about having to let things go sometimes]?”

  • [23:23] Reyna asks: “Do you think social media is influencing the dance world? If so, how does it influence your work?”

  • [24:43] Reyna asks: “How do you say no to the box?”


[23:19] Reyna asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

[23:30] Reyna asks:

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Sister’s Ballet Concert

[23:49] Reyna asks:

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • No

[23:57] Reyna asks:

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • YouTube

Recommended Resources:

Submit Your Film to the kNOwBOX dance Film Festival

Watch the 2021 kNOwBOX dance Film Festival

Connect with Pepe Valdez



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