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.

Thomas Farnon, composer

Trust your instincts – I think the only way you’ll ever come up with something truly original is to be instinctive and experiment – and write lots and lots of music.

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…

Neil Myers, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? From an early age I’ve felt the influence music has had in supporting and telling stories, particularly in film. I later played in bands but always loved the thought process and challenges with interpreting and applying creative ideas to images….

Gilbert Isbin, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I started playing guitar at the age of 18, quite late in fact. And from Leonard Cohen, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, my musical taste wandered in the direction of John Renbourn, a folk guitarist who was heavily influenced…

Dominic Murcott, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I started drumming when I was 15 as a way of avoiding things in life that bothered me. Along with educating, that was my career for 10 years. At that point a desire to create something of my own gradually…