My mother signed me up for piano lessons when I was around four years old.
Luckily, while I didn't enjoy the lessons themselves, I really enjoyed playing the piano. One of the things I especially liked was making 'adjustments' (as my teacher called them) to the classical pieces I was learning. From there it was a short step to writing my own music.
I started recording and mixing original tracks a few years later on my Dad's old computer using Garageband and a little MIDI keyboard which I have to this day. It was a whole new world - no longer did I only have the piano, I had synths and drums and horns and strings and everything I needed to create the sounds I was hearing in my head (as off-time as they were - I didn't learn what a click track was until high school!).
Now that I had access to so many instruments besides the piano, a fire started in me to learn about as many instruments as I could. I began accompanying other students, started to sing (and dance poorly) in musicals, and tried my darndest to get access to the music room at lunches so I could play all the instruments.
I kept creating music throughout high school in orchestras, various bands and on my own, and as that period in my life neared its end it was clear to me that pursuing music was the only real option.
During my post-secondary career at Carleton University I began scoring for films and games, while simultaneously working as an usher and a caterer. I did an internship as a recording engineer at Shine Studios over the winter of 2014 and completed a full-orchestra symphony, Sons of Kings, as my graduation project. I graduated with a BMus w/ Honours in Composition in 2015, and have been working freelance ever since.
In August of 2016 I received first place out of almost three hundred composers in the Newgrounds Underdogs Audio Contest. In the summer of 2017 I served as a judge for the same competition, and later on in the fall I placed first out of around two hundred and fifty composers in the Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch.