Rock stars turned composers to be featured on panel at WonderCon 2017
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Jeff Russo from Tonic and Charlie Clouser of Nine Inch Nails fame are among the musicians turned composers who will be featured on a panel at the upcoming WonderCon 2017. "From Stage to Screen: Rock Stars on Becoming Film and TV Composers" will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. in Room 207, per a press release issued Thursday by panel organizers CW3PR.

The hour-long discussion will dig into how the panelists transitioned their careers from mainstream music to becoming well-known and critically acclaimed composers for film and television. Russo, who continues to provide guitars and backing vocals for Tonic, is also currently getting rave reviews as the composer for FX's new Marvel Comics series "Legion" and its award-winning film adaptation "Fargo." Lakeshore Records recently released Russo's work for "Legion" as an album; you can listen to a preview of the record by using the media player included with this article.

Clouser is known for his work on FOX's thriller series "Wayward Pines" and his compositions for the "Saw" series of horror films. Alongside them on the WonderCon panel will be Mac Quayle, who performed as part of Rise Robots Rise before he created the music for USA's "Mr. Robot" and FX's "American Horror Story"; Siddhartha Khosla, who was part of Goldspot before working on NBC's freshman hit drama "This Is Us" and E!'s soap "The Royals"; Jeff Cardoni, who composes for CBS's "Training Day" and HBO's "Silicon Valley" but is also known for being part of Alien Crime Syndicate; and Deadsy's Alec Puro, who's now working on MTV's "Sweet/Vicious" and Freeform's "The Fosters."

You can read AXS's recent interview with Alec Puro about the music of "Sweet/Vicious" here and our interview with Cardoni about his compositions for "Training Day" here.

All of the artists featured on the "From Stage to Screen" panel made their name as musicians before they were composers, and can illustrate that there is often not a huge difference between the two. As more and more mainstream artists decide to try their hand at making music for film and television, the sound that you hear during your favorite movie or TV show may not be that removed from what you hear at your next concert. Music fans who want to know more about this still growing area of the art form should attend this panel, which is only open to those who have purchased a Saturday or multi-day badge for WonderCon 2017.

WonderCon 2017 takes place from March 31 to April 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Tickets are on sale now; to purchase and for more information on all of the convention's programming, visit the official website.

For more upcoming events at the Anaheim Convention Center, visit the venue page at AXS.