I get this question a lot from friends as I show off my latest works... why music? It\'s so time consuming, it\'s so expensive, you\'re not making ANY money with it...
I agree, and yet, I can\'t stop, it\'s like I\'m addicted! A brief history if I may:
I got my first keyboard when I turned fourteen. It was a CASIO from my parents for my birthday, I loved it, but could never picture myself being a keyboard player. So for birthday number fifteen came an electric guitar.
I played Nirvana and Nine Inch Nails covers as these are my favorite rock bands (I actually started on the guitar because of RUSH though, I heard Tom Sawyer once and was \'hooked\') and ended up starting a rock/funk band with a neighborhood drummer (he actually lived under us in a duplex).
About six months ago I saw Amedeus and was turned on to the orchestral \'beat\'. The scores were dark (which appealed to a formorly-depressed teenager) yet powerful and not draining to listen to as much of the new \"depressed\' rock music is now (that was actually one of the things that has drawn me to NIN so much is Trent\'s energy).
So I started snooping around these orchestral forums, brushed up on some theory, ordered DIVA and GPO and, well, if my server crashing is any indication, you guys have all heard my first orchestral composition \"October\". For those that haven\'t, click here: http://www.alanjoseph.com/OktoberGPOex.mp3
These new sounds (thank-you Mr. Garritan and Mr. Belardino) have widened my music creation to a much more (what I would call) elevated plain, and I\'m loving every second of it. As I said, I\'m addicted!
So where and why did you guys start in what most believe to be the lonely art of making music? (especially when working with samples instead of live musicians...) I\'d love to hear what drives your inspiration, your passion and desire for this art form.
Me? I\'m driven by others. Other\'s music, other\'s inspiration and the look on other\'s faces when they are moved by a piece I wrote.
Okay, I\'m done, if you\'ve read it through all the way, thank you, and I can\'t wait to read your\'s!