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Meet the man behind the music of ‘Game of Thrones’


After almost a decade of dragons and battles, “Game of Thrones” is coming to an end. So, we rewatched the HBO hit from start to finish.

Our series “How I became a … ” digs into the stories of accomplished and influential people, finding out how they got to where they are in their careers.

From the booming tones that welcome you into each episode of “Game of Thrones” to the melodic masterpieces of the show’s darkest moments, composer Ramin Djawadi has done it all. Whether you’re listening to “The Rains of Castamere” as blood runs down on a certain wedding or transporting yourself into Westeros with the piano notes of “Light of the Seven,” you haven’t experienced “Game of Thrones” without Djawadi’s work.

USA TODAY caught up with Djawadi – the award-winning composer behind everything from “Thrones” to “Iron Man” – to talk about mentorship, lattes and staying inspired.

Q: How did you get your start in the music business?

Ramin Djawadi: I got my start through Hans Zimmer, actually. It was a connection that was made by coincidence. I didn’t even live in L.A. – I lived in Boston – and the connection was made, and I packed my bags, went to L.A., and started out in the machine room making sure that all of the electronics and musical gear were in order. I didn’t get to write music at first, but that’s how I got my start, and then I slowly was able to get into arranging music and then writing music.

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