When I asked photographer Lora Robertson whose creative process she was curious about, Ellis Ludwig-Leone was her answer. I listened to his songs and was instantly moved by them. They are comprised of many layers of beautiful sound. Ellis is extremely accomplished, in addition to composing music for ballets, he is also the song-writer and lead in the band San Fermin. My favorite comment in his bio states that his music composition “exhibits unusual originality or promise.” I couldn't have said it better myself.
Ellis's creative process:
I try to write quickly, to get out as much material as I can as fast as possible. Once I get something of the correct shape and length on the page, then I can take my time with it, tweaking lyrics, adjusting harmonies, combing through the layers. I tend to be a maximalist, which is something I don't always like about myself, so a lot of my editing process consists of getting rid of things, trying to reduce the music to its essential parts. I have a tendency when I write to try to say everything at once, as if each song or piece must contain some grand thesis on life. While the desire to say something important is probably a good thing, it's taken me a while to trust each piece to just stand on its own, as a small part of my total output. It's better to say something small and potent than something vast and vague. If you say the small things right, the big ideas will emerge.