Jeff Buchanan was born on November 12, 1996 and grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. His musical journey started when he picked up the trombone in the fifth grade, which he would continue to play throughout high school, playing in wind ensembles, orchestras, and jazz ensembles. While he owes so much of his musical growth to his experiences playing the trombone, Buchanan’s true passion for music stems from learning the guitar.
When his sister had stopped using her acoustic guitar after a year of trying to learn it, Buchanan’s mother asked if he wanted to take a shot at learning it. After struggling to get his fingers around the instrument, Buchanan’s mother suggested that they trade the acoustic guitar for an electric one, which would be easier on a beginner’s fingers. The two went to the guitar shop, Daddy’s Junky Music, where an employee sat Buchanan down with a black Ibanez Gio guitar hooked up to a Line 6 Spider IV amplifier. Line 6 amplifiers are infamous for having four main settings, which are “clean,” “crunch,” “metal,” and “insane,” and Buchanan, being the thirteen year-old that he was, was naturally drawn to the “insane” setting.
It was then that Buchanan was introduced to the loud, aggressive, grittiness of distortion. He had heard that sound in many songs throughout his life, but it wasn’t until that moment that he realized the possibility of being able to create it with his own two hands. When he heard that sound scream through the amplifier, his fingers started flying around the fretboard. There was no rhyme or reason as to what he was actually playing, but he was having the time of his life. Something clicked in Buchanan’s mind that day, and he knew then that music would play a crucial role in his life.
Media including films, television shows, and video games also played a crucial role in Buchanan’s musical development. Music from these mediums was some of the first that resonated with Buchanan, with one of the earliest instances being the rock song, “Live and Learn,” from the video game, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. Buchanan was also drawn to music from movies, and he was particularly influenced by the music of Joe Hisaishi and John Williams. His fascination for this kind of music stuck with him, and he hoped to be able to create music for media one day.
Buchanan sought out to pursue his two musical passions of guitar and composition for media as a career. He applied and was accepted to Berklee College of Music, where he currently majors in performance for guitar and film scoring, allowing him to delve into his two desired fields. He has been honing his craft in both of these areas; on guitar, he has been in involved in projects in a wide variety of genres, ranging from gypsy jazz to alternative rock to pop; for media composition, he has made music for several small-scale video games, and is in the process of composing music for the short film, Mark, directed by Francisco Huzel. Buchanan is constantly seeking to improve all areas of his musicianship, making him optimistic for what the future holds.