When you get to know a particular musician, you can arrive at a wondrous place of trust and collaboration, where you are not afraid to challenge each other, or to debate certain musical decisions. One of my favourite things is asking musicians to comment on what I have written; often they suggest brilliant amendments which I would never have thought of myself.
Fresh ideas that challenge the status quo quite often end up leaving important legacies.
To keep writing music true to myself despite fashions and the world changing.
All music requires is an open mind and heart on the part of the listener, and that can’t be forced.
Music is a language and each performer views music through the possibilities of their instrument and technique; I enjoy having conversations about how best something should be played as there are often possibilities I wasn’t even aware of, and that is exciting.
Probably the best piece of advice I was given was “Never let anyone tell you what to do with your art”.