SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Paul Duffy: My name is Paul Duffy and I love horror films. I am a professional musician and composer
SKSM: How did you become involved with Morning Deliveries?
Paul Duffy: I met Will Patrick Roberts (director) at a gig and then through the power of social media I learnt he was a film maker and we started vibeing about our love of films.
SKSM: How did you get started as a composer and what do you do on production?
Paul Duffy: I’ve always been a huge fan the horror genre. I remember seeing the original George A. Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead for the first time when I was a teenager and it blowing my mind. Those early zombie movies especially had the most brilliant soundtracks with those eerie 70’s synths and over the top impact sounds. So, when I started making my own soundtrack inspired music I wanted to recreate that. They’re the most fun.
SKSM: How did you get started to wrote the Soundtrack for Morning Deliveries?
Paul Duffy: Will and I got talking once and he mentioned he was working on a Steven King inspired short film and I immediately jumped at the chance of being involved. He sent over some test footage and imagery to me of Morning Deliveries along with some musical ideas and it was all so good that I knew exactly what to do for the theme. The John Carpenter soundtracks were a big influence.
SKSM: Is this your most challenging audio so far?
Paul Duffy: I wanted to give Will my absolute best work as I loved the project so much. I went and upgraded my home studio and started playing with some new sounds. It was great challenging myself but once I got started it came quite naturally and the ideas just flowed. You have to remember to enjoy yourself.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the music that you would like to tell me about?
Paul Duffy: I sent over a rough demo with the main riff but knew I had to make more of it. Then my wife and I went on a vacation to Universal Studios Florida in October and,of course, they have the annual Halloween Horror Nights event on! (I recommend going to any horror nerd like myself) The theme was 80’s horror so the music they played in the park was brilliant. When I arrived back home I found myself super charged full of electro, 80’s, gore, Stranger Things, Steven King nostalgia. It all poured into the finished music for the film and it fitted perfectly.
SKSM: After Morning Deliveries up did you write more music? If so what?
Paul Duffy: I love to make music all the time and try to record as much as I can. I’m messing with more sounds and techniques to broaden my musical making skills right now. The great thing with creativity is that you’re always learning.
SKSM: What are you working nowadays?
Paul Duffy: I have recently learnt how to make 8-bit computer game music, like the old Saga games, and I’m working on a personal project with that. It’s a completely different way of thinking about music and arrangement but it’s really, really fun.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Paul Duffy: To me, King is one of the masters of horror/sci-fi. He’s like The Beatles of horror writing. Without even knowing it you will have read, heard or seen his work. He’s embedded into the subconscious minds of us all and throughout pop culture. His stories and imagery will always be around.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Paul Duffy: I’m the bassist in a band called The Coral and have been for 20 years.
SKSM: What advice would you give to those people who want to be musicians?
Paul Duffy: Now technology can let anyone be a creative whether it be music or film making. So I say don’t be afraid to mess up and sometimes you can be your own worst critic. Most importantly always remember to just have fun and not be so serious.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything else you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Paul Duffy: Thank you and stay spooky.
SKSM: Do you like something to add?
Paul Duffy: Give Morning Deliveries a watch. It’s a brilliant piece of work. Also check out my Sound Cloud. It’s the one with Sasquatch as my avatar.