30 seconds interview: Peter Nickalls

peternickallsBrighton-based composer Peter Nickalls is one of the rising stars of sync and production music.

Since graduating from Cambridge University with a First in composition, he’s worked as a composer and performer before turning his hand to screen music across a variety of medium.

His most high profile recent work includes music for Time Crashers (Channel 4), The Catch (Channel 4) and Bear Grylls: Breaking Point (Discovery) with Workhouse Music.

Peter also tries his hand writing music for adverts with previous clients including the likes of BT, Heinz, Toyota and Ecco. When he’s not scoring, he can be found collaborating with the likes of composers such as  Natalie Holt, Samuel Sim or playing as a jazz pianist. Meet him in our latest 30 seconds interview below…

I first started writing music because…
It seemed like a natural progression from playing it. And I became acquainted with John Williams’ music at a young age when I saw the Star Wars special editions in 1997. Enough said!

I have been making music since…
I was about 15. Younger if you count noodling on the piano.

My music is…
Fairly diverse and normally in the service of the visual medium.

You’ll like my music if you listen to…
Desplat, Newton Howard, Williams.

My favourite venue is…
Anywhere with a piano.

Music is important because…
It speaks to us with a universality that other languages never can.

My biggest inspiration is…
When I’m on a deadline.

My dream collaboration would be…
I’ve always loved theme parks, so writing music for a ride would be pretty neat.

To try me out, listen to my song…
The score to The Catch on Channel 4, Mondays at 9pm – I co-composed the score with Samuel Sim at Workhouse Music.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
Listening to it more! And broke.

In 10 years’ time I want to be…
Writing more music for more people.

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