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. These are stunning landscapes, we’re loving bring up our kids here. We live in an old cottage, where we’ve converted several rooms as the studio I write from.
Over the next few years I’m furthering my work in documentary cinema, while maintaining a steady workload in advertising. I’ve scored commercials and branded content for the last seven years full time, while having the privilege of scoring several box office docs. From my experience over the years with different teams, I’ve naturally seen how valuable and personal their films are to them. Building real trust with the team from the start of my involvement is an aspect of my work I value highly, and really enjoy. I have an easy going personality, 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.
I write with a view to harness live sessions, acoustic instruments, 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 to the nuances of the recordings.
I strongly resonate with films that have a raw, honest, human dimension to their narrative and subjects.
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