The Silent Ballet
MUSO magazine, June/July 09 issue
A veteran of the music industry, Richard has done an array of jobs until deciding to try his hand at being The Artist. Beginning his career at age 16, working in studios as a sound engineer, Richard’s life is one of following the opportunities. They lead him to: writing and arranging pop songs for various artists; being signed by Universal Records Japan; having publishing deals with BMG Riccordi, Warner/Chappell and Polygram; creating a Film/TV music company; licensing music to Sony Pictures, Nintendo, Paramount Pictures and Fox amongst many others.
Despite all of these experiences, he still felt something was missing. It was a love-hate relationship with the music industry. During the ‘hate’ periods he turned his back on the industry altogether. He didn’t own a stereo, fell into depressions, and lost interest in anything music related. But slowly the muse would re-enter his life.
When finally deciding it was his turn to be the artist, Richard focused on composing music whose sole purpose was personal creative expression. The result is what you hear on This is What I Live For – a contemporary, ambient, classical sound. Surprising, considering his extensive past in pop music, and with a mix of influences such as Stevie Wonder, Dead Can Dance, and Michael Nyman.
Classical arrangements developed in a non-traditional way. One might say Richard Anthony Jay is the modern classical composer.