Kevin Manthei


Kevin Manthei has been working in the film, television and game arena for over 18 years. He has worked as the series composer on over half a dozen animated TV shows and several animated features, composed over 60 game soundtracks, has made a mark composing music for independent films, as well as contributing additional music on many well-known feature films in his early career.
Kevin’s contribution to the industry can be found at the heart of his philosophy: No matter the genre of music, Kevin strives to find a unique and creative way to approach the score. Combining genres, styles, sound palates as well as his ability to combine electronics with the orchestra make him versatile and in demand. It is this philosophy and desire that allows Kevin to make inroads towards creating a new sound, and a new way of approaching the scoring of music.
To understand where Kevin is going requires a simple flashback….. Kevin grew up in Minnesota amid the cold winters and sneezy summers. From his early hibernating years on the piano and his trumpet blowing in high school, he quickly realized music was more than a hobby. Kevin began writing music almost as quickly as he learned his first notes and chords. This led him to auditioning to the University of Minnesota where he was accepted and then graduated four years later with a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory and Composition.
Knowing full well that a college degree in music guarantees nothing in life, Kevin headed out to sunny California with his new wife Lori to realize his dream for music. It was there that he completed his last year of school at the University of Southern California – and where the real learning began. After studying with the likes of Jerry Goldsmith, Kevin left the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program with his certificate in hand. Other graduates of the program that year, Christophe Beck, Marco Beltrami, and Jon Ehrlich, proved to be more than just friends. Kevin worked with these composers in his early years doing everything music related. This eventually led to Kevin writing additional music for Chris on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other shows, and composing additional music for Marco Beltrami on many films including Scream 2 & 3, The Faculty, Scary Movie 2, and Resident Evil.
At the same time as his collaborative relationships with other composers, Kevin began his game writing career working on some of the biggest titles of the time: Panzer General 2, Vampire the Masquerade: Redemption, Sacrifice, Wizardry 8, and other classic games. In fact, it was his work in video games that brought him to television. Jhonen Vasquez, the creator of Nickelodeon’s cult hit Invader Zim, was a huge fan of games and game music. It was this connection that brought the two together. Kevin was hired and began scoring what was to become 26 episodes of Invader Zim. Kevin’s work on Invader Zim garnered him his first Annie Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music for an animated series. Invader Zim also led to one animated television show after the next. While not content to just be pigeon-holed in animated TV, Kevin continued his work on games and film as well as scores for Independent filmmakers.
In 2008 Kevin was nominated for his second Annie award in the feature category for his work on Batman: Gotham Knight. This followed his highly regarded score for Justice League: The New Frontier. Kevin has recently continued his animation work and is currently scoring Season 3 of Cartoon Networks action show Generator Rex. Rex’s music doesn’t just sit on one style – it dances between punk, heavy metal, orchestral-punk-metal hybrids, and everything in between.
Kevin’s recent game scores are Disney’s TRON: Evolution, Atari/Cryptic’s Star Trek Online and Champions Online. Kevin also continues scoring Her Interactive’s Nancy Drew Series and has scored over 24 games for them alone.
Growth is inevitable and Kevin Manthei Music welcomes the challenge. Kevin loves creating music to picture and taking on new projects. He loves a challenge and looks forward to pushing the boundaries of genre and style. Kevin’s music can be heard resounding from theaters, plasma TV’s, and personal devices everywhere!


Composer (52 titles)

Neverwinter (2012 Video Game)
Generator Rex (2009-2011 TV series, 60 Episodes)
Tron: Evolution (2010 Video Game)
Star Trek Online (2010 Video Game)
Nancy Drew (2001-20010 Video Game, 20 Titles)
Champions Online (2009 Video Game)
Random! Cartoons (2007-2009 TV series, 3 Episodes)
Broken August (2009 short)
Shrek’s Carnival Craze (2008 Video Game)
Batman: Gotham Knight (2008 video) (segments “Crossfire” & “Working Through Pain”)
Kung Fu Panda (2008 Video Game)
Justice League: The New Frontier (2008 video)
Upshift StrikeRacer (2008 Video Game) (co-composer)
The Wizzard of Krudd (2007 TV movie)
Xiaolin Showdown (2006 Video Game)
Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts (2006 Video Game)
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers (2004-2006 TV series, 80 Episodes)
Invader ZIM (2001-2006 TV series, 27 Episodes)
Johnny Test (2005-2006 TV series, 13 Episodes)
Xiaolin Showdown (2003-2006 TV series, 52 Episodes)
City of Villains (2005 Video Game)
Ultimate Spider-Man (2005 Video Game)
Shark Tale (2004 Video Game)
Shrek 2 (2004 Video Game)
The 24th Day (2004 Film)
Pitfall: The Lost Expedition (2004 Video Game)
Kill.switch (2003 Video Game)
Dead to Rights (2002 Video Game)
New Legends (2002 Video Game)
Wizardry 8 (2001 Video Game)
Silent Hunter II (2001 Video Game)
Sacrifice (2000 Video Game)
Championship Bass (2000 Video Game)
Army Men: Sarge’s Heroes (1999 Video Game)
The Next Tetris (1999 Video Game)
Jagged Alliance 2 (1999 Video Game)
Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill (1998 Video Game)
Milo (1998 Film)
King’s Quest VIII: Mask of Eternity (1998 Video Game)
Civilization II (1996 Video Game)

Music Department (19 titles)

Nancy Drew: Danger by Design (2006 Video Game, musical director)
Pitfall: The Lost Expedition (2004, Video Game, music editor)
Resident Evil (2002 Film, composer: additional music)
Scary Movie 2 (2001 Film, composer: additional music – uncredited)
Twisted Metal: Black (2001 Video Game, composer: additional music – uncredited)
Dracula 2000 (2000 Film, composer: additional music – uncredited)
Scream 3 (2000 Film, composer: additional music – uncredited, orchestrator)
The Minus Man (1999 Film, music preparation services)
The Faculty (1998 Film, composer: additional music – uncredited, orchestrator)
54 (1998 Film, orchestrator)
Milo (1998 Film, orchestrator)
Scream 2 (1997 Film, composer: additional music – uncredited)
Crossworlds (1997 Film, composer: additional music – uncredited, music preparation)
Mercenary (1997 TV movie, orchestrator)
Two (1996 TV series, music editor – 5 episodes)
Past Perfect (1996 Film, music mixer)
F/X: The Series (1996 TV series, composer: additional music)
Undertow (1996 TV movie, orchestrator)
The Whispering (1995 Film, assistant music editor)


Annie Awards

Batman: Gotham Knight, 2009 Best Music in an Animated Feature Production Nomination
Invader Zim, 2001 Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music Score Nomination

Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards

Justice League: The New Frontier, 2009 Best Sound Editing – Direct to Video Nomination