Nik Sharshak is a composer for film, television and other forms of visual media, based out of Los Angeles, California. He began his career as a session guitarist and recorded several albums with groups from around the Northwest area of the United States. After releasing an instrumental EP, Nik received the attention of several film directors around the Anchorage, Alaska area, where he grew up, and quickly began building a reputation within the film community, as well as garnering attention from filmmakers in Los Angeles and New York.
Nik has been trained with not only a traditional approach towards music theory and orchestration from a young age, but has also applied a strong willed approach towards studying music technology and experimenting with various forms of electronic and ethnic music throughout his life. He has also studied composition at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, Nik scored the highly acclaimed short film Come Back Home which was written and directed by Bradford James Jackson, and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Nik also composed music for the sci-fi epic The Fallen, which was directed by Alex Popov. Most recently, Nik scored the psychological drama Father of Lies, which was written and directed by Levi A. Taylor, and will be premiering as an official selection at the 2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival.
Nik creates his music with a very concentrated, conscious approach towards the ideology that the film comes before all, while maintaining a unique, inventive and interesting dramatic influence over the art. His admiration towards those with whom he works is evident in his dedication towards applying himself towards any means in order to achieve the creative direction which is desired from the film, even going so far as to invent instruments and tirelessly record original and interesting sounds.
“Film is the ultimate collaboration in the world of art, which is the reason I enjoy it so much.”