Magazine article Variety

Two Steps From the Concert Hall

Magazine article Variety

Two Steps From the Concert Hall

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Music producer tandem cultivates a wide fanbase that extends beyond previews By Whitney Friedlander

THERE'S ALMOST a Catch-22 to creating trailer music: Make something that's interesting enough to resonate with audiences but don't make it so compelling that it overshadows the performances - or sound so similar to another work that fans experience the wrong kind of deja vu.

Judging by how in demand they are, Nick Phoenix and Thomas J. Bergersen seem to have navigated this tightrope quite nimbly.

With Two Steps From Hell, the L.A.-based music production company they founded in 2006, the duo's music has made us worry about Walt and Pinkman's safety in the season four trailer of Breaking Bad, root for Harry as he prepared to battle Voldemort in three of the Harry Potter films, and set us on a quest for a ring with The Hobbit. Their range is such that they've placed their stamp on countless upper-tier films, television shows and videogames. …

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