We had the good fortune of connecting with Stewart Eastham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stewart, what inspires you?
To sum it up in a single word: Everything. Everything inspires me. Sometimes I find inspiration in the most obvious places and other times in places you would never think.
As a film composer I listen to a lot of soundtrack music. But I also listen to alot of music across genres. Everything from modern hip-hop (Kendrick Lamar) to old school country (George Jones). (Currently I’m in a prog rock phase.) Sometimes just one little sound on a record will inspire me. Sometimes just the tone of a particular sound. I’ll hear a tone and then imagine some other instrument having that tonal quality. Other times it’s just sounds of the world around me that inspire: a car making a strange sound as it drives down my street; the musical quality of two people screaming at each other in the Burger King drive-through next door.
Every word I hear can be a lyrical inspiration. Sometimes a seemingly banal turn of phrase on a talk show might metamorphose into a poetic lyric. Plenty of lines out of my father’s mouth have made their way into my songs.
Especially when working on more ambient music, I can be very inspired by a visual. Not just the visuals of a film, but the visuals in the world around me. The mixing of colors in a sunset can inspire the blending of sounds in a more abstract piece. The blinking of a traffic signal might kick off a rhythm inside my mind...
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