Composer -Sound Designer - Producer
Pete is a Welsh composer, sound designer and producer. A keyboard player for over 35 years and a veteran within rock and electronic genres.
His interest in music and audio began at the age of 7 when he discovered the piano and remembers falling in love with all of the sounds and dynamics that it produced. From that early age, Pete has always had an ability to process music and sound in a highly 'visual' way. This is a reason why a fascination with keyboards and synthesisers took hold, citing Jean Michel Jarre's Oxygene and Equinox albums as initial catalysts. It has certainly helped him on his way in creating unique sounds and imagining new sound design possibilities with rich atmospheric textures and transportative ambiances.
He spent much of his teens and twenties playing in various rock bands with varied influences such as T-Rex, ELO, Queen, ELP and Pink Floyd. During the early 90's when many bands struggled to resist the Grunge explosion, new avenues were explored. With the rock bias in full swing, a developing technical knowledge and expanding arsenal of keyboards and sequencers, branched deeper into electronic and ambient music, seeking underground scenes. The John Peel Show became a fond source of music discovery back then.
He developed a unique sound by fusing Dark Ambience with Progressive Rock, and with great effect. Working alongside some of the most talented musicians in the South Wales area, this fusion led to numerous recordings in studios and live environments around the U.K. A highlight was recording at the historic BBC Maida Vale Studios, where recordings were broadcast on the BBC Radio 1 Friday Rock Show back in 1992.
Life in a band continued unabated until 2000, when Pete took the natural next steps, leaving the live music scene to pursue an increasing desire to dive further into emerging production technologies.
He formed Jamyama Studios in 2010.
Although having musical roots firmly established within Rock and Electronic genres, discovery and progression remain paramount. He loves nothing better than to pull things apart, mix it all up and experiment. He continues to cultivate deep interest in other styles including Ambient, Electronica, Acoustic, Neo-Classical, Ethnic and New Age. He has developed into an experienced, highly adaptable and forward thinking composer, sound designer and producer.
His music has recently been placed with TF1 and TFX terrestrial channels in France and he has provided music and sound effects for an array of local television, advertising, corporate videos and online media the world over.
He is a Freelance Union Learning Representative (ULR) for The Musicians Union and works closely with other ULR members of BECTU, Equity and The Writers Guild.
Pete lives deep in the heart of the South Wales Valleys and isn't short of fresh air, green open spaces and the natural compulsion to explore.
He continues to walk his own distinctive path.....