Cliff Martinez never considered film composing as a possible career. After all, he got his start as a drummer for this little band called the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
But after an opportunity to score an episode of "Pee-wee’s Playhouse" in the ‘80s, Martinez became hooked on writing music for the big and small screen.
Since then he’s racked up an impressive list of credits, including many of Steven Soderbergh's films, and three movies by Nicolas Winding Refn —“Drive,” “Only God Forgives” and “The Neon Demon.”
We recently coaxed Martinez out of his studio in Topanga Canyon to visit our studio in Pasadena to talk about his work.