Can you tell us about your musical influences?
I’m influenced by a lot of music and a lot of things outside of music, such as literature and film. What often interests me most is the role of sound and texture. I take influence from composers such as Ligeti and Ellington, but most of all I’m influenced by what’s going on now, living music by composers like Jennifer Walshe, electronic artists like Arca and most of all what my peers and friends make around me.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on a few things at the moment. In my personal life my wife is about to give birth to our first child, so that’s taking up a lot of my focus. I’ve just finished working on a sound installation at a shopping centre on the outskirts of Oxford. I’ve started an alternative rock/pop band called policepolice with a performance artist, which will start to release music this year and I’m about to start working on an album that uses established music by Jazz composers from the 50s and 60s to create new works that transform and transplant the original material into new contexts. In my practice I’m getting increasingly interested in approaches to microtonal music, so I’m working on incorporating that into future music I create.
What are you looking forward to most about Music Patron?
I am most looking forward to taking part in a new medium to communicate music with people. It seems like an interesting proposition to bringing composers closer to the people who listen to their music and I’m all for that. Anything that humanises the process of creating and sharing music really interests me. A lot of the work that goes into creating music happens behind closed doors and it will be really interesting to start sharing those processes and stories with people, rather than just the finished product.
Watch Elliot’s short video on Music Patron: