As long as I can remember, I always wanted to create stuff. Growing up in the 90's, games such as The Legend of Zelda and the Super Mario Bros. were an extensive part of my youth. The music scores by Koji Kondo really left their mark. These games are the main reason I started composing music for the orchestra. Other sources of inspiration to pick up composing are The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter franchise; games and movies with a strong storyline.
Growing up as a teenager, I played in different youth orchestras, getting to know the great classical composers and drawing inspiration from their compositions. As an orchestral percussionist, I have studied and played many different orchestral pieces, ranging from symphonies (Beethoven, Mahler) to musicals (Kiss Me Kate, Titanic).
During my studies, I wanted to improve my understanding of orchestral music and decided to enroll in conducting courses. As a conductor, I have worked with many different musicians. What I've learnt as a conductor is that there is a story behind everything. My goal as a conductor is to help composers translate their ideas to actual sound.
One thing I've learnt as a percussionist is that everything is a musical instrument.
My music very often has quite some percussive elements. The cool thing about percussion is that it is amazingly versatile and can evoke pretty much any emotion. I often combine melodies with percussive elements to make it sound more driving, more threatening or more playful, whatever emotion is desired. I want my music to tell or to enhance a story.