I've been composing music for over 20 years. In that time I have written wedding music, a requiem, two symphonies, a piano concerto, music to open an IMAX theatre, music for forest bathing, and music for belly dancing! I enjoy exploring various genres which include electronic, new age, smooth jazz, Celtic, and world music.
Music is a language that allows me to express what I could not otherwise express with words.
To find a niche audience and provide them with the best music I can and to earn some money along the way for my effort and my art.
To change the world, start by changing yourself.
Interestingly enough, many of the most memorable songs from my childhood were instrumentals. It seems odd to think now that an instrumental could be a popular radio song. Two I remember were the Music Box Dancer and the Theme to Chariots of Fire.
Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Robert Fripp, Pat Metheny, Andy Summers, Genesis, Yes, Yello,
I enjoy the process of crafting melodies and combining sounds in new and interesting ways.
Take time to enjoy beauty and harmony. Listen mindfully.
The reality is that it's never been easier to make music and make it available to more people. But, that means more people are doing precisely that which makes it difficult to stand out. There's a lot of great music out there which is wonderful. At the same time, it makes it difficult to get heard and get paid for what we do.
This is an excellent platform for support, engagement, and listening. I've heard a lot of great music here in the short time I've been on and I've found some listeners for my own work. Win-Win!
The amount of rejection you have to endure to get exposure. There are a lot of platforms available to submit music to for internet radio play and music licensing. But, the rejection rate is very high. I feel for the people who are inundated with submissions as it can't be easy. But, as a composer who would like to find a way to get more exposure for my own music, the rejection can be very disheartening.
If I knew that I would be working on them! I would say musical skill, good writing/performing, a unique recognizable sound, an ability to engage with people in a variety of settings, knowledge of marketing and social media, and persistance.