Composer Jake Monaco’s musical fingerprints can be found on some of the biggest film scores of the past decade. As a producer and composer of additional music for Christophe Beck, Monaco has contributed to the animated magic of Frozen, the record-breaking laughs of The Hangover trilogy, the furry hijinks of The Muppets, and the real-life drama of Waiting for Superman. As a versatile composer in his own right, Monaco has scored projects spanning murder mystery (Out to Kill), romantic drama (Kilimanjaro) and classroom comedy (Struck by Lightning). He also co-composed the music for President Obama’s re-election film, The Road We’ve Traveled, narrated by Tom Hanks. Most recently Monaco composed the score to Playing It Cool starring Chris Evens and Michelle Monaghan and co-scored the Fox action/comedy Let’s Be Cops. Monaco is currently scoring season one of the new Netflix TV show DinoTrux as well as Be Cool Scooby Doo for Warner Bros. Animation.
Monaco grew up in New Jersey and New Hampshire, and revealed his heart’s bearing toward music at age 2 when his parents took him to the circus and he walked right past the clowns and animals to the band pit. He played guitar in high school, studied composition and music technology at the University of Richmond in Virginia, and started the band NE3 in college (opening for bands like Maroon 5)—before enrolling at the film scoring program at USC. There he began his fruitful and ongoing collaboration with Beck, and co-founded the composer collective Q6 Studios.
“I’ve always loved storytelling through music, which is why songwriting came so naturally,” says Monaco. “I found it difficult to conjure up inspiration for a piece just for the sake of writing music. So when I finally made the connection between music and film, it just clicked and I fell in love.”