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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Music often sets the tone of a TV series and the sounds behind the dramatic scenes are often times produced far away from Hollywood - even right here in Lake Charles. KPLC's Lee Peck profiles two local artists who are putting their musical talents to TV.

"I got interested in playing music when I was about 14 years old," said Matt Moss.

Moss learned the bass guitar early on. "First came the bass, then I learned acoustic and can now play several instruments," said Moss.

Moss has been playing ever since and in his early 20s, he had a short run on the professional level.

"I was playing with Mike Zito. He's a contemporary blues artist. We traveled all over and played. It's fun but it is also hard work," said Moss.

Lately, his tunes aren't being played out on stage but instead on TV. Moss is among a growing number of artists writing music for some of your favorite shows.

"It's not for everyone, but it is fun and the payoff is great, too. To see your music on TV is an exciting and awesome feeling," said Moss.

His growing list of credits include background music for reality TV shows such as: Discovery Channel's Auction Kings, and A&E's Rambug.

"In a lot of the music I produce – less is more. You may play several tracks and then mix them together, but in the end you want the music to set the mood," explained Moss.

His latest country tracks are being considered for a show that has taken America by storm.

"Ten of those were sent off to 'My Name is Honey Boo Boo' show," he laughs. "I believe it is called."

While Matt has had some success, he hasn't quit his day job. He works full-time at Lake Charles Music where he also collaborates with the store's co-owner Ed Fruge.

In the mid-80s, Fruge helped provide several key tracks for Rocky IV that were hand-picked by Sylvester Stalone.

"That was when Footloose and all those were coming out with soundtracks instead of just orchestral tracks - and he wanted that. We became part of that scenario. It was a great experience," said Fruge. "Stalone was very hands on and was involved in the selection of all the music."

The magic comes to life in the in-house studio. There, they are able to digitally mix the music. Fruge said a lot has changed from 30 years ago.

"After Hurricane Rita, we went from analog to digital, but we still use a mix of both to get the best quality. This technology has allowed a lot of producers a lot of power to make a perfect mix. A perfect song because of all this technology," said Fruge.

With the click of a few buttons, it also allows the song to go from Lake Charles to Hollywood.

"It's definitely made it easier and kind of leveled the playing field a little bit," said Moss.

With the endless amount of TV shows, they hope their music will supply the demand.

Meanwhile, they said the process can take up to a year in some cases before they know if their music has made the final cut for a TV show.

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