Zack Hemsey

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Zack Hemsey
Zack Hemsey in 2016
Zack Hemsey in 2016
Background information
Born2 June, 1983
New Jersey, United States
GenresAlternative hip hop, alternative rock, epic music, film score, trailer music, trip hop
Occupation(s)Composer, musician, record producer
Years active2006–present
Associated actsNine Leaves

Zack Hemsey is an American composer, musician, and record producer, whose work has been largely popularized through its inclusion in films and film trailers. A notable example is the film trailer for Inception, which included his composed piece "Mind Heist."[1][2] It's a common misconception that the piece used for this film trailer was composed by Hans Zimmer, who instead composed the score for the film.[3] "Mind Heist" was also used as introductory music for the video game Madden NFL 12, and is occasionally used by the television series America's Got Talent. Hemsey's music has been featured in film trailers for The Town, Lincoln, 2 Guns, and a few others.[4] "Vengeance" has also been featured in the film 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 trailer for 24: Live Another Day aired during Fox Sports' U.S. TV broadcast of Super Bowl XLVIII.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Hemsey grew up in New Jersey with his older sister Tara. Inspired by film music and metal, he wanted to become a film composer, which is why, after graduating from Palisades Park High School in 2001,[citation needed] he studied music and philosophy at Rutgers University and graduated with a summa cum laude. During his studies, he worked as an assistant at "RMI" before joining the music studio "The Lodge" from November 2005 to August 2007. Then he became self-employed as a composer and musician. About two years later, he also completed his involvement with "Nine Leaves", a hip-hop ensemble that worked with classical music, where he worked as a composer and poet for over 10 years.


Hemsey began his career as the composer for an obscure hip-hop group called Nine Leaves, where he was one of five lyricists.[6] He began his solo career in 2010 with the release of his first album "Empty Room" and has continued to independently release his own music, which tends to combine elements of alternative hip-hop, alternative rock, and/or instrumentation.[7]

Hemsey has written articles on a variety of subject matter, which he has published on his blog "Thoughts & Ramblings."[8][9] Topics have included the difference between artists and entertainers, mixed martial arts, the birth of his children, the music industry, and a research paper on a rare GBS infection that can occur in newborn babies.[10][11][12][13][14][15]



  • "Empty Room" (March 2010)
  • "The Way" (June 2011)
  • "RONIN" (April 2013)
  • "NOMAD" (November 2016)
  • "GOLIATH (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to a Film That Doesn't Exist)" (March 2018)


  • "Mind Heist" (May 2011)
  • "The Candidate (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" (October 2011)
  • "That Which You Seek" (January 2012)


  • "Empty Room (Trailer Version)" (June 2010)
  • "R.E.F. (Warrior's Lullabye)" (September 2010)
  • "Lifespan (Resurrection)" (March 2011)
  • "Revelations (Remix)" (March 2011)
  • "Changeling (New Beginnings)" (March 2011)
  • "The Home of a People" (June 2012)
  • "Finding Home" (June 2012)

Bonus Content[19]

  • "Empty Room (The Instrumentals)" (March 2010)
  • "The Way (Bonus Disk)" (June 2011)
  • "RONIN (Instrumentals)" (April 2014)
  • "NOMAD (Instrumentals)" (January 2017)

Music Videos

  • "Yesterday" (October 2008)[20]
  • "Waiting Between Worlds" (April 2012)[21]

Albums (under Nine Leaves)[22]

  • "Nine Leaves" (January 2006)
  • "Peace In Death" (August 2008)

Trailer credits[edit]

Film Song Title Year
Inception[23][2] "Mind Heist"[24] 2010
The Town "Redemption" 2010
Trust "Changeling" 2010
Falling Skies[25] "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[26] "Vengeance" 2013
24: Live Another Day "Vengeance" 2014
The Riot Club "Vengeance" 2014
The Equalizer[27] "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
UFC 220: Miocic vs Ngannou [28] "Don't Get In My Way" 2017
A Discovery of Witches "The Way" 2018
1917 "The Way" 2019

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Inception Trailer 3".
  2. ^ a b Sciretta, Peter (April 7, 2011). "'Inception' Trailer Composer Zack Hemsey Profiled". Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  3. ^ "I am not Hans Zimmer". May 12, 2010. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "Credits". Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "Zack Hemsey Discography". Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "YouTube "About Me"". Retrieved December 28, 2010.
  7. ^ "Zack Hemsey Online Store".
  8. ^ "Thoughts & Ramblings".
  9. ^ "All Topics". Thoughts & Ramblings.
  10. ^ "The Misunderstood Art Of Artistry".
  11. ^ "MMA articles".
  12. ^ "Birth Lessons".
  13. ^ "Birth Wisdom".
  14. ^ "When It Comes To YouTube, Google Is Only Half The Problem".
  15. ^ "The Puzzling Case Of GBS".
  16. ^ "ALBUMS". Zack Hemsey Official Website. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  17. ^ "EP's". Zack Hemsey Official Website. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Singles". Zack Hemsey Official Website. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  19. ^ "Bonus Content". Zack Hemsey Official Website. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Nine Leaves - "Yesterday"".
  21. ^ "Zack Hemsey - Waiting Between Worlds - Music Video".
  22. ^ "Nine Leaves". Zack Hemsey Official Website. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Video".
  24. ^ "Zack Hemsey's blog post".
  25. ^ "Falling Skies Season 1 Trailer".
  26. ^ "Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit Trailer".
  27. ^ "The Equalizer (2014) Soundtrack and Complete List of Songs".
  28. ^ "Video".

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