Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? My father Peadar Mercier played the Irish percussion instruments, the
I start from inspiration around a certain idea or sound performance, which I intuitively try to understand and write down. I let my ideas flow, often at the piano. Then I search for certain systems, rhythmic or melodic motifs, harmonies etc. that are present in this inspiration
the thing perhaps that links my compositional language is a sense of expressiveness, I feel a great need to express how I feel and think, as I am sure do all composers. I can’t, for example, work solely with serial techniques
I think the greatest challenge is still trying to come up with something that is different or unique so that you find your place in the musical ecosystem and can then write, produce and develop the sound to your individual strengths.
Every piece of music I write is a life story, my inner philosophy, my observations of nature and people. These themes run throughout my works, which are richly orchestrated and highly symphonic in style.
Take time to discover your own voice. Keep striving to find the truth in the music you play. Keep your love for the music.