Probably the best piece of advice I was given was “Never let anyone tell you what to do with your art”.
Be true to your inner voice. Influences are vital and valuable criticism is essential, but ultimately you must write what you feel
I write in a range of genres but I think I bring certain traits to all of them. I’ve always been drawn to complexity in rhythm and harmony, without abandoning tonality or meter entirely.
Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Music was in the family from the beginning. My Dad
Music itself is intensely important to me, and I want to try and share it – intensely
I like to have a theme, or subject matter, for my piece either before I start, or in the very early improvising stages. This helps me shape my piece. I often use landscapes, both rural and urban, to inspire my work. Sometime I draw a picture of what the piece should look like!