I write music from an idea on the piano or guitar, usually after something has positively inspired me. It could be after watching a film, or after a great talk with someone.
Initially, I started by singing and writing songs for my own independent releases - performing piano, guitars, bass and programming. However, I began to write music without words. A lot of what I listened to at an early age was film music, so this felt like a natural step forward. It felt like a natural progression for me to explore this side of my passion, as often times before a song is even written, I will have played the piano for hours.
My styles vary from solo piano to underscores - from intimate cues to fully realised orchestral pieces. I have also worked on a hybrid of contemporary (rock/pop/electronic/acoustic) and orchestral - this may better suit the needs of a project.
I record and mix in Cubase using sample libraries from VSL, Audiobro, ProjectSam, Steinberg, Soundiron, Spectrasonics and many others.
I also try to incorporate live instruments wherever possible - including the kalimba, bongos, shakers, tambourines and even my own hand-slapped knees!
My music has been commissioned and licensed by companies including the BBC, NBC, Discovery Channel, MTV, Channel 5, Getty Images, ABC, Ogilvy and Raindance Film Festival.
I recently finished the sound design and 2.0 mix for the 27th Raindance Film Festival cinema trailer, a lot of fun to explore the possibilities of creating a mood without necessarily pushing a melodic theme. In June 2019 I worked on a beautiful film called “Alice” as a foley artist and re-recording mixer.
Photographs by Jake Felix Goldhill