From television to film to video games, Shawn K. Clement has established himself as a multi-faceted, award-winning composer in a wide variety of genres and styles, and he is one of the most prolific musical artists in Hollywood. As a songwriter, producer, performer and engineer, and with more than 20 years as a go-to composer, Clement has written more than 25,000 original pieces of music, and his compositions have been heard on more than 200 television programs, feature films and video games.
Clement created the musical foundation for the voyeuristic world of reality TV before the phenomena saturated the air waves, and was emulated by other composers entering the genre. Starting with some of reality TV’s original series, such as WORLD’S WILDEST POLICE VIDEOS, to AMERICAN IDOL to SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Clement continued to set the bar for Reality TV. In recognition of his definitive style and accomplishments, ASCAP presented Clement with a Film and Television Music Award for Most Performed Underscore. This year, Clement was asked back to score the first new episodes of World’s Wildest Police Videos, an edgier version of the original show created by Paul Stojanovich, Sr. The show is the only show to have aired everyday in at least one country worldwide since it began. The show was brought back by Paul Stojanovich, Jr. and quickly became the highest rated show on Spike TV. Clement is nominated for best score at the 2012 Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Additionally Clement recently wrapped up season six of TOP 20 MOST SHOCKING, and is involved in several pilots.
One of Clement’s most notable TV series, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, came in the midst of his reality TV period. The acclaimed cult series proved that his talents extend beyond the genre of reality TV. Clement composed several music pieces that became cult favorites with fans of the show. Even with all his success in television, Clement’s passion remains composing music for Film. Clement first segued into the film world with WE MARRIED MARGO (winner of the Audience Favorite Award at the HBO/U.S. Comedy & Arts Festival) and starring Kevin Bacon, and LAST CHANCE (winner of Best Original Drama at World Fest). Recent projects include several indie features, including Lionsgate’s VIRUS X, PLAY ON and FINALE. Clement’s score for Finale was nominated for Best Score at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.
Clement translated his musical palette into the world of video games, again ahead of the curve. His music has set the gaming tone for hit titles including Sony’s OPEN SEASON, Electronic Arts’ THE SIMS 2 as well as BATMAN: VENGEANCE and BATMAN: RISE OF SINZU for Warner Bros., both of which were nominated for Best Score Awards.
In a testament to his musical proficiency Clement was commissioned in 2011 to write an orchestral piece for a black tie event The Tribute for Wounded Warriors at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The result was an extraordinary touching and melodic piece The Warrior’s Hymn, which was dedicated to the service men and women of the armed forces. On June 27, 2011 the piece premiered at the Kennedy Center, performed by a 106 member orchestra accompanied by a 247 member choir, and was sung by Jon Anderson, lead singer of the legendary rock group, YES (who also wrote the lyrics). The piece received a rousing standing ovation from the audience, which included members of all four branches of the armed forces. Many of these service men and women had tears in their eyes and later met with Shawn to express their gratitude for his music. The Warrior’s Hymn was derived from Clement’s original musical score for the animated feature film QUANTUM QUEST (starring Chris Pine, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayden Christensen, James Earl Jones, William Shatner and Mark Hamill). The score was recorded by famed engineer Leslie Ann Jones at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, and performed by the legendary San Francisco Philharmonic.
Clement’s work for QUANTUM QUEST was nominated for Best Score at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards – and won a Global Music Award. The film’s soundtrack was released in 2011. Clement not only composed the music for the movie, but also provided completed audio post with all the mixing conducted at Skywalker.
The Warriors Hymn will now be studio recorded in early November at the House of Rock in an incredible and unique new recording studio, located in Santa Monica, California on the Riviera Golf Course. The House of Rock is an old Victorian mansion converted to a live-in recording studio, and it will also serve as a venue to host events. The studio recording will also be filmed and transformed into a documentary on Clement music and the recording of the The Warrior’s Hymn.
Currently, Clement is producing, along with actors Joe Mantegna, Malcolm McDowell and James Olmos, as well as composing the score for, the upcoming and highly anticipated documentary about the iconic and prolific science fiction author Ray Bradbury, entitled LIVE FOREVER: A RAY BRADBURY ODYSSEY. Clement was personally requested by Ray Bradbury to write the score after having already scored the short film The Pedestrian, an adaptation of one of Bradbury’s short stories.
In recent years, Clement has aimed to diversify his talents into producing. In 2010, Clement opened his offices at the Paramount Lot and co-founded a production company, Collective Entertainment, which is currently developing film and television projects. His documentary television series, MASTERS OF SOUND, is garnering extensive recognition. Now in the second stage of development, Masters of Sound, hosted by the renown radio DJ Jim Ladd, tells the behind the scenes stories of some of the greatest rock and pop recordings of our time. For this series, Clement reached out to his industry friends and legendary music producers, such as Jack Douglass, Ken Scott, Elliot Scheiner and Eddie Kramer, among others. With exclusive interviews and previously unseen archival footage, Masters of Sound takes us into the mixing studio to see and hear what it was like to be at the console during some of the most influential recording sessions of the 20th century. As the show’s executive producer and composer, Clement is providing the score for this unprecedented series that is attracting television networks from around the globe.
Clement grew up in Massachusetts, studied at Berklee College of Music, and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of composing for film and television -- writing music to picture. An accomplished musician, Clement has performed with famous artists, including B.B. King, Chet Atkins, Eddie Van Halen, Don Johnson and Harry Dean Stanton. His mastery with studio gear and innovative style has earned him dozens of industry endorsements, and Clement is often featured in national trade magazines. Clement’s vast knowledge of music expands into musician’s creative rights, and he often lectures on these topics.