20 Questions: composer Richard J Birkin

Name: Richard J Birkin

Occupation: Composer

Age: 32

Place of birth: Derby, UK

Main workplace: My studio in Belper, Derbyshire

Current project: Songs For Spoken Words [due for release in February 2015]

Most important tool as a composer: My piano. Guitar is my main instrument, but I find writing easier on the keys

Favourite app: Bloom

Thing you couldn’t live without: Arts Council England, my local library, the NHS, BBC Radio 6 Music

Richard Birkin
Richard Birkin

Artists or cultural figures who have most influenced you: Brian Eno, Johann Johannsson, Max Richter

Who you’d like to collaborate with: Juliana Barwick, Phil France, Mark Hollis

Favourite movie of this year: Calvary. Or Captain America 2

On your playlist right now: Lubomyr Melnyk’s Three Solo Pieces, the new Caribou album, A Winged Victory For The Sullen’s Atomos, Haiku Salut Tricolor, Unwound Rat Conspiracy box set, Alvvays, Robert Hood’s Protein Valve EP

Your work in three words: Soothing, spooky, twinkly

Biggest challenge to date: The entire Songs For Spoken Words production

Emerging talent to watch out for: Grawl!x

Proudest moment: Seeing hundreds of people taking turns to play with my Night Sun installation in Nottingham and Leeds

Next big thing: Beetroot

Advice for your younger self: Spend less time worrying and more time doing. Be more confident

Where you want to be in 10 years: Writing for films