Josh Stewart had an intriguing introduction into music. While not growing up playing instruments, or even having an interest in doing so, he still enjoyed music for what it was. While having a slow growing interest for film music and composing as he aged, slowly he began to grow closer to what would now be his dream job, and the very thing that puts motion to his creativity.
Today, Josh is influenced by composers who pay homage to the simplicity and small nuances of composition. Composers like 'Olafur Arnalds' (Iceland) and 'Nils Frahm' (Germany) have been the most directive composers for the way Josh approaches music. The simplicity of texture and crafting of 3D landscapes have become the very way he uses the language of music to communicate emotion and story. More and more, the ideology of learning how to get out of the way flows in to the very way he begins the process of sonic composition.
In his earlier works (2014), the music he wrote was epic and humongous. With not only atmospheres entrancing your mind and heart, he used drums, strings and larger than life horns to cultivate a wall of sound that would catch the ear of even the simplest of tastes.
In 2015, Josh began maturing in the way he composed. His music began to move from posh and pristine symphonic sounds to a more organic, room captured atmosphere, that might start with a noisey upright piano and end with a sound sample from his kitchen (a lot of opening and closing and hitting random things). While this new approach seemed like a step away from what a composer should be doing, it was through this venture that firmly placed his fingerprint and sound into modern day composing. This more low-key, simple approach to composing was the catalyst for him to compose for multiple short films, commercials and social media campaigns. This gave him momentum and a developing fan base comprised of the most accomplished and novice music critics worldwide.
Now, he keeps moving forward. Only being in his 20's, he is cementing and maturing his abilities to write, collaborate and compose to film. As he lives, feels, and experiences the every day ups and downs of life, he strives to become better at translating each feeling through instruments and sounds alike.
Josh is a certified ‘Mix With The Masters’ attendee and successfully completed training with scoring and recording engineer Shawn Murphy (John Williams).
Completed and attended on May 19, 2018.