Kevin grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, where he learned to play piano, drums, and mallet percussion from a very young age. In high school, he was in so many musical ensembles that he forfeited his lunch period during his sophomore and junior years so he could peform more. Despite his affinity for music, he entered the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign as an electrical and computer engineering major. It soon became clear that he enjoyed playing in the UIUC percussion ensemble and concert band far more than classes on quantum mechanics and differential equations, so after two years, he dropped out and moved to southern California, where he worked a retail job during the day and played drums with various bar bands at night.
After a year in SoCal, Kevin decided to go back to college, but this time at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA. Originally intending on going as a performance major, that changed very quickly when he ventured into the school’s film scoring department. In 2007, Kevin graduated summa cum laude with a degree in film scoring. The day after he graduated, he was in a U-Haul on his way to Los Angeles.
Kevin spent 5 years in LA, first getting a job as an assistant to an established film composer, then branching off and creating his own business, Kevin Bluhm Music. He also learned to play guitar while in Los Angeles, adding yet another instrument to his repertoire. During his time in LA, he composed and edited music for many award-winning films and television programs, most notably the #1-rated cable show, Pawn Stars on The History Channel, A&E’s Dog the Bounty Hunter, Say Yes to the Dress on TLC, the Emmy-winning My Lai documentary on PBS, Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize winner, Being Elmo, Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Documentary Feature winner, Racing Dreams, and ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary, Once Brothers.
Kevin currently lives in Chicago, where he continues to write and edit music for his clients in Los Angeles, New York, and around the world.