"Let the film score itself" is the motto of composer Billy Mallery, who started playing piano at the age of five, and began to compose original music at twelve. After studying music composition and film/tv production at Syracuse University, he started his career working with composer Jonathan Elias and his company where he landed his first commercial score (Gallo Wine), performed by a 60 piece orchestra. Mallery has since composed original scores for such accounts as Levis, Nike, Got Milk?, BMW, Sony and Pepsi, for which he received a CLIO Award for original music. Many years of scoring commercials has led him to work with such directors as David Fincher, Michael Bay, Janusz Kaminski, David LaChapelle, Mark Pellington, Joe Pytka and Zack Snyder.
Billy has also composed numerous corporate logo scores including LIONSGATE, ROGUE Pictures, XBOX Sports, SCI-FI Channel and Essential Pictures.
The Earth Communications Office (ECO) chose Mallery to compose the score for their production "Hidden City", narrated by Gene Hackman and Hector Elizondo. Translated into 13 languages, this global PSA focusing on Earth's oceans was released in theaters and on television around the world. Other composers involved with films by ECO include Hans Zimmer, Jonathan Elias and Louis Armstrong, featuring his song "What a Wonderful World" (performed by Willie Nelson).
Billy's list of feature films continues to grow. His first dramatic film project was Crossing Over, directed by Wayne Kramer (The Cooler), followed by Dos Corazones, directed by the renowned acting coach Larry Moss. Billy's more recent films include Devil's Highway, Islander (featuring Amy Jo Johnson and Philip Baker Hall) and Ilegales (featuring Art LaFleur).
One of his unique qualities as a composer is that he is also a sound designer, and frequently merges music with sound within his scores. Billy was recently invited to speak at UCLA's Extension Program focusing on music and sound design for television and film.
In his travels within both the film and music worlds Billy has had the privilege to work with such talented artists as Domonic Dean Breaux, Miranda Lee Richards, Dito Montiel, Dan Lavery, Ian McCrudden, Renee Stahl, Shannon Michael Terry, Girish, Kristin Mooney, Eric Heywood, Oren Waters, Liz Constantine and Lane Lenhart. In the summer of 2000 Billy was invited to join Vas (Azam Ali & Greg Ellis), cellist Cameron Stone and Yungchen Lhamo for the 'Worlds Unite Tour' (NARADA), contributing keyboard textures, percussion (djembe) and Tuvan Chanting. In the classical realm Mallery has collaborated with vocalists Anonymous 4, tenor John Sandor, soprano Valerie Wilson, cellist Gi Yung Moon and members of the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics.
Billy is currently engaged in directing a unique film project: capturing total solar eclipses using time-elapsed photography, as well as composing the scores for each piece (above). He sees this as a lifelong project, hoping to experience and film as many eclipses as possible and then merge them all together into a compilation he calls "Totality".
Between film projects Mallery is continuously developing his record project "h o v e r", which he describes as a "euphoric groove exploration". The next work, titled "Possible Bliss", is due to be released this year.