A. J. PICKERING
A. J. PICKERING
Pianist / Composer / Producer / UK
A. J. Pickering is a British composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with the likes of Burberry, Merrell, BBC, Homegoods and has acquired over 100 Million streams with his various projects. This project is an outlet for his solo piano and composing musings, focusing on neo-classical, classical crossover and ambient. His pieces are improvised and recorded in the moment they're being created along with accompanying videos to capture that same performance.
"I started learning piano at the age of 5 along with gymnastics, karate, swimming etc but piano/music was the only hobby to go the distance... mostly thanks to my folks for encouraging me but also to my piano teacher at the time, Steve Allen. He spotted early on that I didn't want to do the standard piano grades and music theory route... I wanted to create. He wisely advised my folks that I needed a keyboard with lots of buttons. This eventually led to acquiring a Roland MC-50 midi sequencer (using floppy discs!) and a Roland Sound Canvas. With these two bits of equipment I could compose my own backing tracks and build worlds of sounds on my own. Years later I eventually decided to learn the music theory side but my true passion has always been to create and to play my feelings".
Released: 2nd December 2022
Winter - Improv 1 is the second solo release from A. J. Pickering and a sign of things to come. Adam has always made a habit of improvising and at the heart of this project he is filming himself improvising on a theme while simultaneously recording the audio. The two go hand-in-hand capturing a single moment in time. "I think there's something quite special about the idea that you are seeing and hearing the exact moment I record a piece, no extra editing or adjusting, just a raw moment captured".
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Released: 14th October 2022
Una is a contemplative piano instrumental and the debut solo release of A. J. Pickering, otherwise known as Adam from The Daydream Club. When it comes to piano, Adam makes a habit of improvising on an emotion, capturing the spontaneity of a feeling. "With Una, I was feeling alone, singular, like I was talking but nobody was listening. So as I often do, I turned to my piano, pressed record and let my fingers work it out, like music therapy".
Rocking between the peace of the C major and the tension of the F minor chord, both technically unrelated and yet creating balance together. "Without overthinking it, I found myself moving between these two different keys. Sadness is never a simple emotion, I guess on the one hand I've got a lot to be thankful for in life but sometimes external factors can wear you down. It's a constant cycle between the peace and tension, hopefully the two can find harmony in the middle."