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.
I started recording music when I was about 10 years old. At 20 I appeared on ITV’s ‘The Big Big Talent Show’ as part of a duo called ‘Kicking Sand.’ We performed an original song ‘Happy’ and toured the UK with Abba tribute band ‘Bjorn Again.’ After gigging the London acoustic circuit in Camden Town, I then released my first EP ‘Raw As The Day’ to iTunes and other digital music stores. Several other self-produced albums and singles followed.
However, I also started to write a lot of music without words. Much of what I listened to at an early age was film music, so this felt like a natural step forward for me. My styles vary from intimate cues to fully realised orchestral pieces. I have also produced rock/pop, electronic and acoustic music and happy to explore the hybrid approach!
I try to incorporate live instruments wherever possible in my recordings - including the Kalimba, bongos, shakers, tambourines and even my own hand-slapped knees!
To date, my music has been commissioned and licensed by companies including the BBC, NBC, Discovery Channel, MTV, Channel 5, Getty Images, ABC and the Raindance Film Festival.
Recently I collaborated with talented US-based singer Zoe Gnecco on an instrumental pop/orchestral track called ‘Lonely Road.’ In August 2019 I finished the sound design and mix for the 27th Raindance Film Festival cinema trailer. It was a great challenge and a lot of fun to create a soundscape without necessarily pushing a melodic theme. In June 2019 I worked on a beautiful French feature film called “Alice” as a foley artist and re-recording mixer.
My late father wrote down and kept a quote in his wallet which reads ~ ‘Ah but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?’ *
If you’re reading this and wondering if it’s worth exploring something new that brings you creative joy and passion - but you’re scared of failure or not thinking it’s worth it?
Don’t be! Just go for it. Give it everything you have. Then you’ll have no regrets.
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Photography by Jake Felix Goldhill
*Quote by Robert Browning