I’ve always had a love for video game music. Finding out that being a game composer was a real thing was amazing! I started out as a kid playing some very uncool instruments like the electric organ and euphonium. I picked up the guitar at about the age of 13 and started having private lessons. Persuading my parents to let me leave college a year early and go to music college was unexpected and amazing. I spent 2 years at the ACM in Guildford, playing the guitar, learning music business and learning how to perform in bands.
When I left college, I started teaching guitar and realised I really enjoyed watching people achieve their goals. I ended up working in the recording studio for 2 years at the college I dropped out of. The music tech students would have to choose a song from the list and record me playing multiple instruments. It was their role to set up the studio correctly and produce a track.
Finding A Career
After that job, I focussed on becoming a gigging musician and formed a function jazz band called The Brandywine Trio. We played mostly weddings and branched out to create The Brandywine Band. We offered a full covers band for larger events and parties. It was around then that I realised that I wanted to write my own music so I decided to focus on learning how to compose. I soon figured out I loved the process of sitting at my desk and trying to fit all the puzzle pieces of a composition together.
Now, in 2018, I’m trying to write music for video games and trailers. I’ve started a new role at a company called m:tech where I teach 7 – 11-year-olds how to compose music on an iPad. I also have an IT job at a company called Inform Communications who build telephone systems and chatbots for local government. This involves a lot of logical thinking and problem solving and also quite a bit of work with SQL databases. We collect lots of audio and written data in the database and then need to organise and export this data to the clients.
Video game music is my number 1 genre. I think this is mostly tied to playing video games ever since I can remember. I love the idea that it’s adaptive and that it needs to flow and follow the player’s actions. After that, I’d say I enjoy film music with my favourite soundtrack being the music for Hook written by John Williams.
Plans For World Domination
- Write video game and trailer music.
- Keep teaching guitar and set up an online teaching platform.
- Create a chatbot for local garages so people can easily book in for an MOT, service, etc.
- Combine all that into remote work so I can work from anywhere in the country/world.