Daniel Elms, composer

For composition, subconscious processing is one of your most powerful tools, as long as you “feed it” with tasks to process: don’t wait for inspiration, instead confront the empty page and work on it; put the time in. Even if you discard everything by the end of the day, it is the process that stimulates the subconscious and you’ll find that inspiration follows.

Javier “Peke” Rodriguez, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? In my music career there were many inspirations. Probably the first one was my mother, as she was the one who took me to a music Conservatory for the first time. But in the end, it is a strong intuition…

Robert Hugill, composer

I always like working with restrictions which become challenges, and like working for a particular set of requirements. Also, the aim to fit the music to the performers. The challenge can be to make something which is accessible yet interesting.

Kevin Cahill, guitarist & composer

For the compositions on my upcoming album, they are mainly guitar driven. Some people have described the music as quite ‘cinematic’ or ‘ethereal’ but for me they capture my feelings at this moment of my career. It’s like a window into my musical influences.

Daniel & Mikael Tjernberg, composers & musicians

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? Mikael: We were raised in a musical home, and so music became an integral part of our lives from very early on. Mom would play music on her record player from the early morning and throughout the day, and I’m thankful for the way…

Hauschka, composer

I compose contemporary music with a tonal and experimental approach. I treat sound and melody equally, and for some pieces you could even say they are a kind of sound-sculpture.