I’d always had an interest in learning an instrument ever since I was young, and at the age of 12 I received a drum kit for Christmas. Six months later I decided I wanted to take music in school, as I needed two instruments to do this I began saving my pocket money. With a little financial help from my parents I bought my first guitar by the end of the summer. Over the next few years my interest in drums fizzled out and guitar soon became my main priority.
After a couple of years studying music through college and uni, some failed bands and a short stint as a private guitar tutor, I still had no idea what exactly I wanted to do. Through a friend I ended up working as a part of Zavier playing bass, guitar, and writing some new material. Through Zavier I met director Fraser J Walker and was asked to compose the soundtrack for his short film “Baby Steps”. I have since stopped working with Zavier however still work with them from time to time on smaller projects.
“Baby steps” sparked something. I finally felt like I was composing a style of music that came naturally to me. I had always worked on instrumental and atmospheric music, however I had never taken it very seriously. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of capturing a story though music in this way, and as a result I decided that I wanted my 4th year honours portfolio to be a study on music for screen. Throughout my 4th year I composed around 45 minutes of music, most set to film but some simply taking inspiration from a number of my favourite composers (including the likes of Alexandre Desplat, Ludovico Einaudi, Junkie XL, and Hans Zimmer). I received an A for this portfolio and graduated in 2018 with a 2:1 in BA(hons) Applied Music from the University of the Highlands and Islands.
My aim is to continue growing as a composer, hopefully shadowing some media composers in the near future, take on some more of my own scoring projects, and release more of my own original music.