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HorrorNews.net, February 19, 2011

Interview: Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th)
by Mike Joy (Excerpts)

MIKE JOY: Do you have any interesting behind the scenes tales for any of your recent projects?

ARI LEHMAN : . . . Also VAMPIRA: THE MOVIE, for which I composed, performed, and recorded the soundtrack, got the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Best Indy Film! Horror Star Bill Moseley contributed some vocals and Theremin for six WILD Bonus Tracks for the Soundtrack CD! (Available at Amazon and Oldies.com)

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Media Mikes, January 26, 2011

Interview with Ari Lehman
by Mike Gencarelli (Excerpts)

Ari Lehman is known best in the horror genre as playing the first Jason Voorhees in "Friday the 13th". Though Ari['s] real passion has been his music and his band, FIRSTJASON. Movie Mikes had a chance to chat with Ari about his film and music career.

MG: How did you get involved with composing soundtracks for indie films?

AL: I was asked by Kevin Sean Michaels to compose the Soundtrack for "Vampira: The Movie", which received The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Best Independent Film of 2009. I went on to work with Kevin on other film projects, several of which are still in the works . . . Here is the link to the video of the some music I created with Kevin and Bill Moseley for a Vampira: the Movie music video recently made to honor Vampira's Birthday.

MG: How do you compare working on your music to composing a film?

AL: Admittedly, my forte is performing songs, singing while playing a Machete-shaped Keytar that sounds like lightning and thunder. Composing soundtracks is now becoming more interesting to me though, especially since I have been watching great films as much as possible for inspiration. The difference between writing songs and soundtracks is truly one of texture and time. A song works in one way, and a soundtrack in another. The great Maestro Harry Manfredini, who wrote the soundtrack for "Friday the 13th", "Wishmaster" and many more films, gave me some insight to the more spacious, linear, and temporal world of soundtrack composition. Abstraction is crucial there. I am hoping to learn more!

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