What do you do when you have writer’s block?
Writer’s block can be extremely frustrating although listening to Hans Zimmer, Clara Schumann or Bjork always digs me out of my hole. I always feel refreshed and re-inspired when listening to a diversity of genres (after a chai). Counting our existence in days not years also reminds me to get on with it.
What time of day do you feel most creative?
Late at night. I think creativity flows when one's surrounding environment is at rest.
What stirs your soul musically, what inspires you?
My desire to live in a dream world. One may define it as a fantasy world, although I define it as an infinite search for the authentic Self.
I also have a thing for quotes, fantasy art and old books such as Moonbeam Stairs and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Listening to many different music genres is also a necessity for inspiration. I never want to fall into the trap of listening to one genre, how boring.
Searching for a new sound is an exciting journey. I’m currently listening to Luke Howard’s work titled ‘Shift’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3cEbsb9a9c
Something so incredibly simple can make a technical masterpiece seem almost contrived, as if the creator is desperately wanting recognition. I know I have been in this head-space previously. I often find when I surrender to the simplicity of the piano, everything becomes effortless and nourishing.
Olafur Arnalds https://youtu.be/7_fNiZ7_5cI and Jóhann Jóhannsson http://www.johannjohannsson.com/ also inspire me. Although upon saying that, I then say ‘no wait! What about Hybrid http://www.hybridsoundsystem.com/, Trifonic https://www.trifonic.com/ and even beautiful Aurora.’ https://www.aurora-music.com/
Inspiration for me is an aural tapestry, as is my journey with the piano.
Do you think classical music is breaking away from the old paradigms?
It’s getting there. Unfortunately religious paradigms have secured the culture of classical music even to present. It will take time to peel back its density. As fashion, art and music technology evolves, the classical music culture has no choice but to reinvent its image, or at least embrace those who choose to do so.
With artists such as British pianist James Rhodes and various classical crossover performers, we are slowly embracing classical performance as not only music, but also as a fashion statement and a portal for self expression.
Where to after your upcoming album release?
Music technology fascinates me, it’s calling me. I am really enjoying composing larger scores at the moment, although another album is on the way. Piano music will never leave my side. It's home.