I have wanted to be a composer since the age of thirteen, when I first heard the opening titles music for The Italian Job (2003). The music was so exciting and is where my fascination with film music began. For the first time I recognised that someone had acutally composed this music. It was so good, that I wanted to listen to it away from the film. However, I didn’t realise you could buy the movie soundtrack on CD. So instead, I set up my dad’s digital camera next to the TV, switched it to dictaphone mode, and recorded the music from the opening titles using the camera. I thought this was genius! As I’d be able to listen to the music again and again, whenever I wanted. Of course, later on I discovered you could buy the entire soundtrack on CD!
Then there was the 2006 BBC TV series Robin Hood. I bought the soundtrack CD as soon as it came out and even notated out the music for one of the tracks using Sibelius. After which I tried writing my own piece using Sibelius. It didn’t go well! Obviously the problem was that I couldn’t write music. Therefore, I gave up on wanting to be a composer and decided to pursue filmmaking instead.
It wasn’t until 2013, ten years after first discovering film music, that I revisited the idea of composing. At this point I was obsessed with the film Amelie and its incredible accordion filled soundtrack. So when a friend of mine who also loved the music from Amelie bought themselves an accordion, I was so jealous I decided to buy one myself! Having played the trumpet from the age of five, I could already read music. But I couldn’t play by ear like my guitarist friends. So I decided, if I was going to learn the accordion, I was also going to learn to play it by ear. After a few weeks of playing around on it, I managed to write two small tunes. And that was it for me. I was sold! I COULD BE A COMPOSER! And it is here where my composition journey really began, as I set out to learn the piano and teach myself music composition for film.
Since then, I have worked on a number of short films and a feature film (Sasquatch). I’ve also written a twenty minute suite of music for a choreographed dance and recorded a score for piano and harp at the SAE Institute in London. In August 2018, I released my first album, featuring compositions from several of these films/projects. The music ranges from relaxing, with minimalist and orchestral textures; to action and suspense, with world music and electronic textures.
I find myself inspired by the likes of Max Richter, Yann Tiersen, Philip Glass, The Cinematic Orchestra, Bear McCreary and Trevor Morris. So if any of those names sound familiar, I’m hoping you’ll like my album, Journey.