Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? As a child, I was devoted to the piano and spent much of my time listening to all kinds of music, mostly from my parent’s eclectic music collection (everything from 60s novelty 45rpm records to New Orleans jazz, opera and…
I am always seeking to develop my musical language. I hope it is flexible enough to adapt to a wide variety of circumstances.
Who or what inspired you to take up composing? There was a piano at home, and at first I was simply entranced by the endless possibilities of the 12 notes and 88 keys. In the 80’s and 90’s I got into new wave and electronic music and started writing with sequencers and synthesizers in bands….
Recognise opportunities when they present themselves and work hard to make a success of them. Develop a thick skin and don’t be precious about your work (especially in commercial, film and television Music!) Be versatile, sociable and likeable and someone people want to work with!
Dreamily and fitfully at first, as vague initial ideas start to emerge; then more continuously, as they gradually turn into stronger, more potent ideas. Mostly I work out pieces at the keyboard, but walking and cycling are also an important part of the process.
Be real. Either be totally yourself, or enter so fully into the performance that you become the performance.