John Swihart brings his youthful angst to Youth In Revolt
Award-winning composer John Swihart whose career is on a stellar trajectory since scoring Napolean Dynamite
five years ago scores Youth In Revolt. He has successfully traversed the musical landscape from performer
with the Blue Man Group to scoring numerous films and TV series. Swihart’s signature “indie” musical style to
Napolean Dynamite is still mimicked today by numerous composers.
Youth in Revolt stars Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno) and is directed by Miguel Arteta. The coming-of-age comedy
puts a fresh stamp on a tale of adolescent obsession and rebellion. Based on the acclaimed novel by C.D. Payne,
YOUTH IN REVOLT is the story of Nick Twisp (Cera) —an affable teen with a taste for the finer things in life, who
falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful, free-spirited Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday) while on a family vacation.
Nick abandons his dull, predictable life and develops a rebellious alter ego: Francois.
John Swihart began his musical training at the age of four studying piano; by eight, he added the saxophone,
followed by guitar studies at Indiana University --- while still in high school. He then continued his formal musical
training of composition, production and engineering at Boston’s prestigious’ Berklee College of Music.
After college, Swihart toured with a variety of bands and performed in musical theater in Boston, New York and
Los Angeles; simultaneously, he composed for Boston advertising clients and scored student films for Emerson
undergrads. When Blue Man Group opened a Vegas show, Swihart was recruited to be a musician in the Grammy
nominated ensemble. A year later, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue film composing. His fifth film score as a
composer was Napoleon Dynamite and he has since scored over 40 films. John Swihart’s other film & TV credits
include “New in Town,” “Employee of the Month,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “Greek.”
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