Hearing the first track from Bryan Adams ‘So Far So Good’, in the back of my parents car. That record was the sole reason I wanted to play the guitar. Due to the kindness of my grandparents, at the age of 6 years old I began to play a small classical guitar; that had an impossibly high action of, what would still be today – an inch at the 12th fret. I have fond memories of learning to navigate the fret board, discovering how to improvise, much to the bewilderment of my strictly classical teacher. I was brought up by my parents, in an emersion of Irish Folk, Rock and Classical Music.
I live near the mountains with my wife and kids, in North Wales UK – the outer territories of Snowdonia National Park. There are stunning landscapes here, that no doubt have an influence on my work. We live in an old cottage, where we’ve converted several rooms as the studio I write from.
Scoring commercials and branded content for the last six years full time, while having the privilege of scoring two box office docs on the side has been great. Over the next few years I’m furthering my work in documentary cinema, while maintaining a steady workload in advertising. From my experience with different teams, I’ve seen how valuable and personal their films are to them. So naturally, building relationship with the team from the start of the project is an aspect of my work I value highly. I really thrive in the writing and refining of the score through conversation. I’m easy going, and work diligently. I generally work best to a strong edit, although many times I’ve worked with film that’s in its early stages of development.
The scores I write endeavour to harness live sessions, hardware synthesis and solo/ensemble players, minimal use if any of sample libraries/virtual instruments in the final work. Every film has musicians uniquely express their music live direct to picture. The score is then real, human expression of the film – investing into the film’s impact and longevity. Artisan, is a word I’d use to describe my process. My work is raw, precise, earthy and has great care devoted in its emotional detail.
I strongly resonate with films that have a raw, honest, human dimension to their narrative and subjects.
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