The dark arts have long fascinated Andrew Lapinto, the keyboardist for the indie rock band The Avalanches.
He was a fan of dark art from a young age, and he spent the next decade studying the history of composers and their works.
Lapp was inspired to write a new piece of music when he watched a documentary on The Beatles’ Abbey Road, and it became his goal to write his own score.
He spent the first few months writing the score on his own, but it became clear that his style was just too chaotic to be used for music.
So he turned to music professor and musician David Gilmour.
“I was just completely convinced that he would have to change everything.
And he changed everything,” Lapp told me.
“He completely changed everything.”
He wanted to be able to compose in any style, including jazz, and even orchestral, but that was not possible for his style.
Lapins musical palette has expanded as he has worked with other musicians and as he continues his studies, Lapp has become a key player in the development of new types of music.
“In the early 2000s, I started playing jazz and then I did classical, which was a very different kind of music, because there was so much more space and you had to be very careful,” he said.
“You had to find a way to break the rules.
I’ve been trying to do that ever since.”
Lapp now spends his time composing music for television and film, and recently he wrote and performed at a screening of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” to raise money for a charity.
In 2015, he released his first solo album, which he co-wrote with guitarist Adam Jones.
Lapps music is a mix of jazz and classical.
“My style is very different than the kind of jazz I grew up with,” he told me, referring to his early influences.
“But I also think my music is very unique, and you can hear that in my music.”
In the early years of his career, Laps was a member of the New Orleans jazz ensemble The Muffers, and in 2009, he recorded an album with producer Matt Henson called “Barefoot In The Moonlight,” a tribute to his mentor, bassist Eric Clapton.
His first full-length album, 2014’s “A Song For The Blind,” was produced by longtime friend Brian Wilson, and features a song called “I Love A Black Guy.”
Laps also collaborated with musician-songwriter Michael Jackson and producer George Martin.
Laps has toured extensively, including appearances at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Lollapalon and The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.
His latest project, 2017’s “Circles of the Sun,” was released in May and was produced at Jackson’s Factory Records.
“It’s really nice to be doing what I love, which is writing and performing music,” Laps told me in an interview for my podcast, In The Box.
“So that’s what I’m doing right now.”