AT MY DESK by Kim Derome, Composer and Sound Designer

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL? 

My role is to create the soundscape of games, especially the music. 

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU WORKED IN THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY 

8 years

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE 9? 

I told my parents that I wanted to put music on pictures. I was already composing a few things inspired by my dog ​​(I had created a whole universe around him) and I was a fan of soundtracks from Disney movies and Final Fantasy games. 

 

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DO IN THE MORNING BEFORE TURNING ON YOUR COMPUTER? 

I go for a walk in the park and when I get back home, I prepare my traditional fruit yogurt and granola. 

WHAT TOP 3 SKILLS DOES IT TAKE TO BE GOOD AT YOUR JOB? 

  • Leave your ego at the doorWhile every artist has an ego, the priority must be the game and connecting with as many people as possible, not your personal preferences 
  • Be adaptable: ​​A game’s production is rarely linear. You have to continually adapt to change and anticipate what might happen next. Since audio is often the last link in the chain, you must be able to adapt quickly.  
  • Have the talent: This is often the first thing you review to evaluate a person's potential. We listen to the portfolio and judge if it sounds professional and if the style matches the needs. 

 

WHAT IS THE ONE THING ON YOUR DESK YOU COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT AND WHY? 

My cats! Even if they hide my screen and walk around on my piano (clearly thinking that they have every right), their presence embellishes my day and makes working from home a thousand times more pleasant. 

WHAT IS PEOPLE’S BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT YOUR ROLE? 

The concept of virtual instruments. Many people think that I only work with real instruments, which is rather rare, or that I limit myself to the piano since I am a pianist. 

WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY OF A COMPOSER AND SOUND DESIGNER SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL?

Every morning my coworkers and I discuss the day’s agenda (after a good chat), then I either start song writing, integrating audio, or playing games to check out some details.

HOW WOULD YOU RATE YOUR COFFEE MAKING SKILLS?

At the risk of sounding like an alien, I’m not into coffee. I make my girlfriend's coffee on occasion and I've never seen her throw it in the sink, so maybe it's worth 3/10! 

SWEATPANTS WHILE WORKING REMOTE. YAY OR NAY? 

Definitely YAY. I take care to wear a suitable top (because Zoom meetings!), but otherwise it's sweatpants all the way! 

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