Five Instrumental Artists You Should Check Out For Writing

Sunday 29 March 2015 by

Setting the right scene for your writing can be key to tapping into the ‘zone’ where the words fly from your fingers and brilliance spills on to the page. Some people have a room and a routine and that helps to focus them. For many, music is a real boost.

But not everyone can write while their favourite boy band or songstress sings of love and heartbreak in the background. (Personally, I’ve learned to tune out. Right now I’m writing this while getting a bit nostalgic and listening to some Lucie Silvas. I loved her music so much age about 16) and if that’s the case for you, you need to get some good instrumental music for all occasions. Here are five of my favourites:

  1. Ludovico Einaudi

You’ll know some of Einaudi’s music, because it’s used on adverts all the time. He has a big range of tones in his pieces, but they tend to lean towards pretty, whimsical piano melodies. My personal favourite of his is Password, though you’re more likely to know I Giorni or Divenire.

  1. Keith Kenniff

I’ve recently discovered Keith Kenniff via a shared Spotify playlist. He makes great ambient music – the sort that doesn’t require too much effort to listen to, but can be great for setting a mood. Again, there’s a lot of variety in his music. I like Anyone and Immersion.

  1. Howard Shore

Howard Shore is one of many film score composers I really like, but perhaps my favourite. He did the Lord of the Rings music. (and The Departed, The Aviator, Panic Room and many more, but it’s the LOTR score I love.) Film scores are a great place to go, especially if your draw inspiration from certain scenes in films. Try Hans Zimmer, James Horner, Harry Gregson-Williams or Michael Giacchino to name just a few.

  1. Nobuo Uematsu

If film scores are a bit too evocative of the characters and events they were the backdrop to, you might like to try some game scores. Equally engineered to create specific and varied moods, but perhaps a little less likely to conjure specific images, game scores are fantastic. Nobuo Uematsu is responsible for most of the Final Fantasy Scores – beautiful music, in my opinion, especially when played on real instruments not computer generated ones. I love Aerith’s Theme and Tifa’s Theme, but those of you out there who ever played Final Fantasy 9, Vamo’ alla Flamenco will probably bring back some memories! (Frustrated ones, though it’s a great little tune.) You can find most game soundtracks on Spotify and YouTube. The Halo soundtracks are others I really like. (Yes, there is something of a piano theme going here. I play the piano, I’m naturally biased towards songs I might be able to play.)

  1. Rodrigo y Gabriella

If you’re after something a bit different and a bit funky, Rodrigo y Gabriella are a fantastic two person flamenco guitar band that play covers of classic rock tunes and their own original music. They were also the only good thing about Pirates of the Caribbean 4, contributing to a couple of the songs on the soundtrack. Though personally, as much as I love the Pirates music in all the films, regardless of actual film quality, I think their original stuff is their best. Try Tamacun or Ixtapa if you want a flavour!

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