It was around the age of 18 that I started messing around with music making. At first it was a private hobby as well, but years later I actually wanted to treat it like work, producing and recording for my own clients. I think this was largely fuelled by 'the recording studio experience' which I pretty much fell in love with once I got my own first taste. While drawing was wildly inventive and rewarding, I needed a different kind of broader stimulation in order to enjoy my craft long-term, especially in a professional work environment.
Anyways, while attending Sheridan College for my Bachelor of Game Design degree, I shared an elective class (Intro to Short Story) with a ton of animation students. It was there that I befriended some great talent who would eventually need composers for future projects. One day my name came up in one of their meetings and we arranged to meet while I pitched my candidacy to a group that already had access to free composers through a Sheridan / UofT collaboration. That's right, I had to sell my paid, never-composed-for-a-film-before services to a group who had access to a plethora of free, film-based composer students from the University of Toronto. Yikes. Well, I must have smelled good that day because I convinced them to take a chance on me and the rest is history. Because of half the group becoming repeat clients and their generous referrals, I eventually totalled 10 awesome animation short film projects!
Each film was very different, so I got to create some very different things and learned a ton of stuff along the way. Plus, I got to record some fun dialogue. One thing I've learned over the years is that working with others in my studio tends to produce a lot of vulnerability and a lot of laughter; both of which I think are essential for yielding great results!
There is so much understanding and intention being displayed in even the smallest movements. Every time I make a soundscape that highlights those things the way my client (the expert) intends, it warms the part of me that used to want to draw such things. One day I'll take my time again and draw something amazing, but I'm happy with my audio profession. These films brought about results in me that I would have never otherwise produced without these collaborations. In fact, I was so proud of these films that I had to release them as a soundtrack which is OUT NOW on all platforms!!!
The beautiful album cover was created by Chayadol Lomtong, a.k.a. "Dol" - creator of "The Golden Ice Cream" short film! It's a unique and colourful collage of some of the characters and themes in the films. It was a combination of his naturally inspired concepts and my poorly-explained vision. In fact, Dol had no idea what I was talking about when I first tried to explain it! But, when I better explained what I meant by things like "Golden ice cream sun... rainbow water... headphone boat... and musical note fish", he got it right away and went beyond my expectations!