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.

The original music Liam composed for a short film I produced and directed is just perfect. He understood the brief and captured the emotions better than I’d hoped and has lifted the project to a whole other level. I’m extremely grateful for his hard work and privileged to have his show-stealing talent showcased in our film. I only hope he’s not too busy when I need him for the next one!
— fraser J Walker (Baby Steps)