Zack Hemsey

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Zack Hemsey
Born (1983-05-30) May 30, 1983 (age 33)
Genres Epic music, Film score, hip hop, trailer soundtracks
Occupation(s) Music artist, composer, record producer
Years active 2006–present

Zack Hemsey (born 1983)[1] is an American recording artist, rapper and composer, whose work has been largely popularized through its use in films and film trailers. A notable example was "Trailer 3"[2] of the 2010 movie Inception which included his composed piece "Mind Heist"; it is a common misconception[3] that the piece for this trailer was composed by Hans Zimmer because Zimmer composed the official score for the movie itself. "Mind Heist" was also used for the introduction video for the video game Madden NFL 12 and is sometimes used by the show "America's Got Talent". Hemsey's music has also been used in trailers for 2 Guns, The Town, and Lincoln.[4] "Vengeance" was featured in the movie The Equalizer, in a trailer for the second season of the HBO program Game of Thrones, and the trailer for the 21st Century Fox miniseries "24: Live Another Day", the latter airing during the 2014 Super Bowl.[5]

Hemsey began his career as the composer for an obscure hip-hop group called Nine Leaves, where he was also one of five lyricists / MCs.[6] He began a solo career in 2010 with the release of "Empty Room" and has continued to independently release his own Epic Music studio albums and singles, all of which tend to combine elements of orchestral score, hip-hop, world instrumentation, and/or alternative/rock.[7]

Hemsey has written articles on a variety of subject matter, which he has published on his personal blog, Thoughts & Ramblings.[8] Topics have included MMA,[9] the birth of his child,[10] his opposition to releasing album singles,[11] Santa Claus,[12] studio acoustics,[13] his criticism of YouTube,[14][15][16] music piracy,[17] philosophical free will,[18] and even a research paper on a rare GBS infection that can occur in newborn babies,[19] among others.[20]


Studio albums[21]

  • Empty Room (2010)
  • The Way (2011)
  • Ronin (2013)
  • Nomad (2016)


  • Mind Heist (2011)
  • The Candidate (original score) (2011)
  • That Which You Seek (2012)


  • Empty Room (Trailer Version) (2010)
  • R.E.F. (Warrior's Lullabye) (2010)
  • Lifespan (Resurrection) (2011)
  • Revelations (Remix) (2011)
  • Changeling (New Beginnings) (2011)
  • Finding Home (2012)
  • The Home Of A People (2012)

Bonus Content[24]

  • Empty Room (The Instrumentals) (2010)
  • The Way (Bonus Disk) (2011)
  • Ronin (Instrumentals) (2014)

Music Videos

  • Waiting Between Worlds (2012)[25]

Studio albums (under Nine Leaves)[26]

  • Nine Leaves (2006)
  • Peace In Death (2008)

Trailer credits[edit]

Film Song Title Year
Inception[27] "Mind Heist"[28] 2010
The Town "Redemption" 2010
Trust "Changeling" 2010
Falling Skies[29] "See What I've Become" 2011
Game of Thrones "Vengeance" 2012
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron "The Way" 2012
Lincoln "End of an Era" 2012
Parade's End "Facing Demons" 2013
G.I. Joe: Retaliation "See What I've Become" 2013
All Is Lost "Fade Away" 2013
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit[30] "Vengeance" 2013
24: Live Another Day "Vengeance" 2014
"The Equalizer" "Vengeance" 2014
The Riot Club "Vengeance" 2014
The Boy Next Door "End of an Era" 2015
A Most Violent Year "The Way" 2015
The Divergent Series: Insurgent "See What I've Become" 2015
Mr. Robot "Nice to Meet Me" 2016
Titanfall 2 "See What I've Become" 2016

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