Paul Nabil Matthis
performer | composer | author


Music, writing, and technical services.


Many of my compositions have helped their film, theater, or dance production win awards, including two grand prizes and one "Best Score" award from Christopher Coppola's annual PAH Film Festival. It's my true passion and I work with all budgets.

Music Producer

Several years of work in the professional recording industry has taught me the best music comes from a positive studio environment. Get in touch about genre and pricing for recordings of all styles.

Sound engineer

Need help running live sound at an event? Have a recording that needs a mix or mastering session? Or maybe just a recording session? Let me help you acheive a professional sound!

Ableton Tutor

I have experience with this classic DAW since 2005, and I've been teaching it to students since 2011. Hands-on or online lessons helping you write a great song, record your next track, or create an awesome performance environment in Ableton Live 9 or 10.


I'm a published speculative fiction author and experienced tech writer. 15 years in the industry has given me a unique ability to explain complex ideas in easily digestible terms. Let me write your next tech manual, market copy, or blog post!

Site Consultant

This website was handcoded by me in Bootstrap, and I built my WordPress blog from scratch as well. My years of experience working IT with clients such as Media Temple, GoDaddy, Sucuri, and Artisanal Brewers Collective will help ensure your site design and SEO are at their maximum potential. Ask for help with web design, site migration, WordPress updates, cyber security, and much more.


  • 2001-2004

    B.A. Music Composition & Vocal Performance at FSU

    After years of solo and collaborative music making for fun, I switched from biochemistry to music composition and vocal performance and have never looked back. During this time I sang, played clarinet, drums, concert percussion, jazz trumpet, and various electronics in multiple touring, marching, and concert bands. I scored 11 short films and 3 dance productions, including one master's thesis. Upon graduation, I packed all my belongings into a tiny Honda Civic and drove across the country to Los Angeles.

  • 2004-2009

    Indie Musician

    I worked many jobs both hourly and contracted, including as a runner and then data operator for feature post production at EFILM, and then as a recording engineer for the Boat Studio with the Dust Brothers. All the while, I was scoring films and performing live-looping original music, until eventually I hunkered down in my studio to do nothing but write.

  • 2009-2011

    Hermit Mode

    During this time I started my record label and released my first album on it. I wrote several novels, all of which got shelved, and finally a rock musical called Lunatic Sun. Using the materials produced during this time, I applied and was accepted to California Institute of the Arts.

  • 2011-2013

    M.F.A. Performer-Composer at CalArts

    I collaborated with over a hundred artists during my time at CalArts, and my scores for film, theater, and dance won several awards. Some awards include "Best Score" in Christopher Coppola's PAH Fest and Director's Choice at Santa Cruz Fringe, and the book based on my story for Lunatic Sun won the Paul Stephen Lim award thanks to a rewrite by Yichao Wang. I scored two films that have won Grand Prize in their competitions, and my music was featured in around 35 international festivals at such venues as the Lincoln Center, the Jacob Burns Film Center, the Getty Museum, the Alex Theater, REDCAT, and Sundance Shorts.

  • 2013-2018

    After Grad School

    I performed in, stage managed, and music directed works funded by a CEC ArtsLink grant, the Castaic Days Civic Association, the REDCAT Association, the American Conservatory Theater, and The Industry LA Opera Company. The Industry in particular has been an honor to work with on any level, a company that has been nominated for the Pulitzer prize and awarded a MacArthur genius grant. My YouTube channel features original and cover songs sung, looped, and beatboxed, often in a single take, which has garnered over 100,000 views. My essays and music reviews have been featured on eHow, the Louisville Music News, and Spectropol Records, and have appeared on the front page of reddit more than once.

  • Current

    I am composing a chamber opera based on the poetry and life of my Syrian grandfather, Ali al-Jundi. I recently composed the score for the feature length experimental play "On Death" by Wild Art Group. My band Mad Apple is a hard folk burlesque act performing original songs and blues covers in dive bars across Los Angeles. I've had two speculative fiction short stories published in indie presses, and I'm currently querying an adult epic fantasy novel, which is also a song cycle and pencil-and-paper RPG experience. I spoke on panels at World Fantasy Convention two years in a row. I now tutor and consult at both the individual and corporate level, both for songwriting, production, and IT. This site was handcoded using a Bootstrap template. In my spare time, I like hiking up mountains and drinking overpriced tea.

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Short films, concerts, and other performances.


Streaming tracks and playlists.


A collection of photo albums.


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