Emile Menasché is a composer/songwriter, lyricist, journalist and author—roles that are often tied together by guitar strings.
His film credits include including the Emmy-nominee Silenced, Academy Award-nominated documentary short Incident in New Baghdad, an on-going documentary series on the folkways of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, feature films American Farm and Parallel Sons, and more. His music has appeared in productions by CNN, Simon and Schuster, Red Bull and others, and he contributed guitar to Pete Seeger’s Grammy-nominated musical audiobook memoir The Storm King. He’s currently channeling his inner Henry Mancini by writing music and original songs for a comic mystery series in development with Boyo Loco productions and writing classic rock tunes for a second developing Boyo Loco project.
His long career as a journalist has drawn on such experiences as a composer, producer, and performer. After starting as a gear reviewer with Guitar World, became a regular contributor to EQ, Musician and Electronic Musician magazines and held senior editorial positions with Cherry Lane’s stable of publications (Guitar Shop, Guitar, Home Recording).
In 2004, he took the helm of In Tune Monthly, a publication that revolutionized music-education media through its eclectic, genre-spanning approach that includes artist profiles, features on technology, careers in the industry, musical history from classical to pop, and interviews with both artists and people behind the scenes.
Before leaving his full-time position as editorial director of In Tune Partners in 2017, Menasché played a key role in the launch and/or redesign of such publications as ASCAP’s Playback, Drum Corps International, WGI Focus, and more. Since then, he has contributed to new initiatives for In Tune and its sister company Westchester Media, such as ASCAP Expo Digital and spearheaded the fall 2018 launch of the In Tune Music Educator’s Buyers Guide.
As a recording artist, his works include the solo acoustic album Overtones, the improvisational acoustic duo Thrummers, and the power-pop of his band Speak the Language.
The author of five books on music production and sound, Menasché has learned that the ability to write about music has made him a better musician—and being an active player and composer makes him a more effective journalist. “I used to think of music and journalism as two separate things,” he says. “But once I started working on films , especially documentaries, I realized that having both skills gave me more ways to communicate. Being able to understand a story makes my music more effective; being so directly involved in a range of music projects helps me get more insightful information when interviewing artists and music business people for the magazine. Being able to explain how music technology works helps me think about the best ways to use the tools I have available to me in the studio.”