About Midnight Watchman

Introduction

Midnight Watchman is an electronic solo artist and composer based in the UK. His evocative production techniques pave way for evolving soundscapes and textured rhythms. He blends dark and mysterious synths with lush and thought provoking melodies. With an extensive musical history in indie bands, he now focusses his time on collaborating with vocalists and film makers, and writing instrumentals effortlessly in a range of genres.

Approach

He is always looking to improve his true sound by carefully carving away and uncovering every corner of life. To do this, he composes through both the hard times and easy, creating a range of tracks that are true to life: dark and light.

He tries to get to the truth of who he is therefore the music he creates. The sounds are often formed by following accidental ideas that he's not consciously looking for but those that present themselves via a mistake or error. He loves instrumental music and all the complexities and forms of composition it can exist in. It is less bound by popular tradition and can journey in any direction at any given moment.

Andy Jones
Andy Jones from the side

Influences

The first albums he heard that influenced his current music were by Jean Michel-Jarre, Jan Hammer and Vangelis when he was very young. Their simplistic yet perfect melodies played by modern synthesisers resonated with hime. He's since been attracted to all manner of instrumental music from Bonobo to Anchorsong, Kraftwerk to Chopin and from Penguin Cafe Orchestra to Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnolds. he is also heavily influenced by alternative indie music like John Grant, Future Islands, Alt-J, Ezra Furman, and Ryan Adams as well as classic songwriters from the 70s like David Bowie, John Martyn, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen and Paul Simon.

Beginnings

He began as a street musician in UK cities while writing original songs and touring the US with his own money. Upon returning to the UK, he started a band and soon gained successful appearances on radio and music festivals with acoustic-written songs that were well received. After a couple of albums, he decided to move into instrumental music as a solo artist, recording in his home studio.

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