I began studying music at such an early age, one could almost argue that it was my first language. Because I was a musician long before I was a writer, it comes very naturally to me that I would conceptualize words as music. How do the words flow on the page? Is the phrasing natural and satisfying to read, listen to, or speak? These are some of the questions within my mind when I write. The act of artistic creation, whether it happens within the solitude of my office or in the moment on stage, has always been a driving factor for me to pursue the things I love and turn them into career paths. Philip’s Apocalypse has proved to be the perfect way for me to fuse my two loves of writing stories and creating/performing music, all in one medium.
The real question is, why a dramatized podcast? For me, podcasts represent an opportunity for creators to produce and distribute great stories that are cost effective to create, within a continuously growing market. Essentially, we have the ability to conceive and produce a story wherein the listener gets to decide what they see in their mind’s eye, a story that can potentially be the soundscape equivalent of a great TV show. In a way, creating a dramatized podcast is similar to making a movie, albeit with much less logistical hassle, although the process of creation ends up being the same at its most basic level: telling a great story that you get to experience, either through reading, watching, or in this case, listening.
I have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music with a specialization in performance and have worked as a professional violinist since the age of 16.