ALUMNI SPECIAL: JOSH BROUGHTON

UK based music composer and producer

Josh Broughton is a UK based music composer and producer. He specialises in moving image projects, specifically film and games. He graduated from Leeds College of Music, studying Music Production, with a First Class Honours degree and won the "David Thompson Prize for BA Music (Production)" for achieving the highest mark in his year.

Josh specialises in composing orchestral scores, having had first-hand experience playing in a number of orchestras, but his wide knowledge of musical styles will allow him to attain a desired sound. He has composed music for a number of short films including CBBC, and completed the sound design for a selection of games, including a project for Second Life.

We caught up with Josh to discuss his works and he shared with us a selection of his work via SoundCloud – assuring new music will be continually added.


Who/what encouraged you to study music?

I grew up surrounded by music. I come from a very musical family and started piano and clarinet lessons at an early age. As soon as drum lessons were offered in my next school I wanted to play them and it wasn’t long before it became my primary instrument.


Who/what made you aspire to a career in music?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted a career in music. Originally, I wanted to be a session drummer. It wasn’t until I was about 15/16 and started getting more and more into films and TV that I started to notice the music behind them, and was really taken by that. I started to write in my spare time and the more I listened to this style, the more I wanted it to be my career.


What attracted you to the course?

Leeds College of Music has always been on my radar. The production side of music has always interested me and I found out about the course a couple of years before I needed to start looking. When I found out at my interview that there would be modules on Music for Film and TV, I knew this was where I had to go.

 
What is/was your favourite thing about living / studying / being a musician in Leeds?

There is such a lively music scene in Leeds. On any given night, you can go out and see just about anything you want to.


What has your journey been like since leaving LCoM?

Since leaving LCoM, I’ve composed music for the CBBC show “Mr Alzheimer’s and Me”, some small films and online documentaries (one of which is currently being funded to become a feature length documentary) and I have also spent the past year working for film and TV composer Harry Escott as a music editor on BBC’s “River” and “The Frankenstein Chronicles” on ITV. In this time, I’ve had the pleasure to work on a couple of films, ‘Jet Trash’ and ‘Damascus Cover’ and I’ve also been able to see some scoring sessions at some top UK studios, like Air Studios.


How has your study at LCoM aided your career so far?

I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support from staff at LCoM. The college helped transform what started as a strong hobby into a passion and career opportunity for me. The studio resources at the college are of the highest quality and the staff are always willing to help with anything.


What has been your greatest achievement?

I can’t quite believe the amount I have managed to achieve just a year out of college! I think the biggest achievement personally, was having my own music on the CBBC documentary, but the job with Harry Escott has to be a very close second!


Where would you like to be in five years?

I would like to continue composing and hopefully work on some projects that require a larger score. I would love to have my own music performed and recorded professionally at either Air Studios or Abbey Road.

 

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"I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support from staff at LCoM. The college helped transform what started as a strong hobby into a passion and career opportunity for me."

Josh Broughton

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