I am a composer and producer of electronic music from the UK. I write instrumental tracks that incorporate analogue and digital electronic sounds and some some treated real instruments. I create soundscapes with varied rhythms and instrumentation, packed with different levels of melody. The tracks contain elements of suspense and intrigue as well as relaxing ambient tones. The music is good for listening to whilst working, driving and as backdrop for film and television.
I am always looking to improve my true sound by carefully carving away and uncovering every corner of life. To do this, I continue to do one thing: keep composing through easy times and hard, creating a range of tracks that are dark and light. I'm essentially trying to get to the truth of who I am and therefore the music I create. These sounds are often formed by following accidental ideas that I'm not consciously looking for but those that present themselves via a mistake or error. I love 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.
The first albums I heard that influenced my current music were by Jean Michel-Jarre, Jan Hammer and Vangelis when I was very young. Their simplistic yet perfect melodies played by modern synthesisers resonated with me. I have since been attracted to all manner of instrumental music from Bonobo to Anchorsong, Kraftwerk to Chopin and from Penguin Cafe Orchestra to Nils Frahm. I am 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.
I am pursuing electronic music with a passion and looking to create a range of dark sounds that can contrast with other lighter tracks. My aim is to be a respected composer with a good following and for my music to be used in film.
Before writing instrumental music, I spent a few years as a songwriter and guitarist/keyboard player. I began as a street musician in UK cities while writing original songs and touring the US with my own money. Upon my return to the UK, I started a band and soon gained successful appearances on radio and music festivals with our acoustic-written songs that were well received. After a couple of albums, I decided to move into instrumental music as a solo artist, recording in my home studio.
My music can also be heard on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/midnightwatchman
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