John Aram

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I fell in love with music when I was very young, probably around 7 or 8 years old. It’s funny but right from that very early age, I new that I wanted to be a musician… I didn’t know how or why or what, but I knew I wanted to play music.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I grew up listening to a lot of Big Band Jazz. This music was always on in the house and I suppose you sort of absorb it along the way. I loved all the jazz fusion stuff and then I loved people like the Police or Michael Jackson.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I started playing seriously when I was about 13 years old. I followed a very traditional route, studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. I then worked in orchestras for around 8 years before deciding that I was more interested in Jazz and popular music. I started writing my own music after moving here to Switzerland in 1996.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I was playing live VERY regularly, particularly with the jazz groups, either my own or as a sideman. After touring with Phil Collins on his last tour I have done far less live performing, doing a great deal of studio work for my own projects but also writing and performing for many pother projects and performers.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
It has to be nearly two years working in the studio on a daily basis with Phil Collins. I did around thirty arrangements for Phil in this time and put together some crazy ensembles to play some of the music. I was writing for contra bassoon and alto flute and all sorts of wonderful things and whats more we got some of the worlds greatest players to play all of this.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Go to http://www.johnaram.com, or John Aram facebook page, we regularly post new things on soundcloud and here there is a very eclectic mix of things to listen to.

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