Originally from Hong Kong, Pakk’s film music journey began as a young boy watching various film genres with his family. Completely immersed in American sci-fi, adventure and horror films, Hong Kong’s action comedies, as well as Miyazaki’s animations, Pakk quickly developed an intense passion for film and film music. A career in music, however, never felt like a real option for Pakk because his parents heavily pushed him to become a doctor. As a result, Pakk initially went on to pursue a career in the medical field. During this time, Pakk composed orchestral music as a creative outlet, and he realized that film music was where his passion truly lied. This inevitably led him to follow his dream at Boston’s world renowned Berklee College of Music where he studied film scoring and composition.
In 2005, Pakk relocated to Los Angeles. Since then, he has worked with some of the biggest composers in Hollywood including John Debney, Brian Tyler, Marcelo Zarvos, Tony Morales, Rob Cairns. Pakk has contributed additional music to over 300 TV episodes (including Reacher, American Gigolo and Hawaii Five-0), and over a dozen blockbuster films (such as Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Power Rangers). Furthermore, he has scored numerous projects on his own, including the feature film SWAY (dir. Rooth Tang), which was an official selection at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, and the short film Tsuyako (dir. Hikari), which won over 30 awards from festivals all around the world. Most recently, Pakk has been selected as one of eight composers to take part in the Universal Composers Initiative 2021-2023.
His first name is pronounced "PAHK", and last name is "HOO-way". He currently lives in Los Angeles with his husband, Will, and their miniature goldendoodle Daisy. Pakk is a proud member of the Academy of Television Arts & Science, Composers Diversity Collective, The Society of Composers & Lyricists and Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI).