Brian Metolius is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles and New York City.
Metolius became obsessed with film music after seeing Jurassic Park in theaters at six years old. This life-long love of the link between music and images led him to study music composition at Stephen F. Austin State University, and then at The University of Texas at Austin where he scored student short films from the film department.
After college, he moved to New York to write music for playwright and high school band-mate Matt Cox’s short theatrical productions at the Flea Theater including his theatrical series Crown of Kings. This would mark the beginning of a long and fruitful creative collaboration between Metolius and Cox. In 2014 he would compose the score and original songs for Cox’s Kapow-i GoGo and Puffs: Or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic. The latter became a wildly successful Off-Broadway show and in 2018, the production was filmed and shown nationwide as a Fathom Event. It was later made available on iTunes and Amazon. By the time Puffs closed in August 2019, it had become the longest running off-Broadway production ever. Today it is still being licensed and performed all over the world.
Metolius has also scored works for several YouTubers. His ongoing collaboration with filmmaker Patrick Willems has included SHUT UP ABOUT PLOT HOLES, Get Christmas or Die Trying, and many other video essays on his YouTube channel. Metolius has also provided the theme songs to the Willems produced podcasts We Heart Hartnett, The Infinity Podcast, and the sequel to We Heart Hartnett, Can’t Get Enough of Keanu. His music can also be heard in the ongoing Dungeons and Dragons longform actual-play YouTube show, Fables of Refuge directed by David Carmichael.
Other collaborations include work with filmmaker Chad Hill. Metolius provided the score for the film Peanut Butter--an Alternate Film Festival official selection--and Invitation, an official selection of the Louisiana Film Prize, Tallahassee Film Festival, Tupelo Film Festival, Fort Myers Beach Festival, Atlanta Comedy Festival, Georgia Shorts Film Festival, and winner of Best Film at Arkansas Shorts.
In 2018, Metolius was selected along with six other composers to journey into the Alaskan Arctic Circle and write a piece about their experiences for the Composing in the Wilderness program. His piece, Arctic Baptism, was premiered in Federal Hall in New York City by the CORVUS quintet on November 16, 2018. Sheet music for the piece will be available for purchase and additional performances soon.
Metolius is available for any and all collaborative opportunities in film, theater, video games, and new media. For work samples please see his showreel linked below.