The important thing was whenever I listened to a piece of music was that it could make me feel something really strong. I have a very emotional connection to music and I always did find it to be a very powerful influence on my feelings â now all you need is a computer to make it.
If the computer didnât exist then I wouldnât have been able to learn or make music the way I taught myself to. All you need is a feeling about what you like and what you donât like and enough time to try things out, itâs just trial and error. Thatâs literally made my process â just try this chord, try the next chord, try this bit, this next note, is that better or worse â itâs just this hill climbing process. Itâs a slow step by step walk from a chaotic melody or a chord progression to the thing which I think that connects with me emotionally. Itâs just an intuitive emotional process.
I was writing music with Tom HodgeÂ a couple of weeks ago â heâs a pianist and classically trained â and heâs a real musician.Â He can sit down and just play a masterpiece. Heâs obviously put in years and years of hard work to get to that position, but itâs totally different from the way I work.
Something I noticed working with him was that we would listen through some music we recorded, and he would say âthat one sounds alright, letâs just use thatâ and he would know something sounded OK and use it straight away and then move on to the next thing. I was thinking âwhat are you doing? You canât just do thatâ- the way I work would be to listen to every single bit of every single part of each track, listen to all options and then get the ten best ones and then start A/Bing them and exploring all the options before I moved on to the next step, whereas he would be very much more just relying on his intuition.