09.28.2016

Where The Music Is I Will...

Posted by Edward Thorn

Honestly, I enjoy living in St. Julian’s and Malta so much that I have no plans to ever leave and relocate anywhere else. I’ve found a wonderful job doing exactly what it is I’ve always wanted to do and I’ve made a lot of new friends both in the industry and outside of it. I do have some long-term goals of traveling and taking my music that’s not under contract so others can enjoy it. I can imagine myself playing at events like weddings, birthday parties, in lounges, in clubs, and at many different events. I want to stay true to the type of escalator music I’ve been creating. I want people to know that they don’t have to be embarrassed to enjoy this type of music, especially since the kind of music I make is upbeat, encouraging, and mellow all at the same time. People can relax while still bobbing their heads to it.

In the next five years, I know I will have expanded my horizons. I have been consciously and continually working toward all of my dreams, plans, and goals, and I can see them coming to pass every single time I make moves to bring them into reality. I also know that my music is going to continue being heard by people. It’s not everyday that you can visit an online gaming casino and not hear any music. It’s what makes the game that much more interesting and it’s why people can continue to feel comfortable and relaxed while playing. If it were not for me and the music I’ve created, the game would be boring and not many would play. It gives me great joy to know that I’ve made the experience more pleasurable.

Wherever the music takes me is where I will go. I have made St. Julian’s my home, and the career path I’ve chosen has been good to me. It is flexible, so no matter what opportunities arise, I can continue pursuing the very thing that I love to do while also expanding my horizons. Let’s put it this way: I would not feel comfortable going anywhere without my music. Making a serious move means I am making more music.

09.28.2016

A Day In My Life

Posted by Edward Thorn

You’ve probably already guessed that I have days where the music never stops. If you were to shadow me during one of my busiest days, you’ll find me in a room surrounded by various instruments and playing one of them. When I create music, it usually starts as an idea in my head. I normally have to quickly jot down what it is I am hearing first, and then go back and put the actual music to it. Needless to say, at the start of my day, you will find me waking up to a song or two in my head. It’s difficult to find me without something music related attached. When I spend a day going to musicals, music festivals, concerts, and other music events, I often find a ton of inspiration that I can later use in my own creations. I’m the type of person who believes that you never stop learning, so one of the main reasons I attend music events is so that I can continue learning and networking.

One other thing you might witness me constantly doing is attending events that friends and family are hosting. It’s a great way for me to introduce myself to other people, tell them a little about what I do, and invite them to support my programs. Plus, it’s a good way to drum up business for NetEnt. It’s mainly a way for me to support my friends and family. When I am able to attend anything that has to do with art or music, I am there. That’s just who I am and how I spend my days. I don’t much spend a lot of time just sitting around. I don’t like that sedentary lifestyle, so I’m always busy doing something. I do like to relax at the end of my long, busy workdays by…you guessed it…listening to music. I also like to order in and watch a good movie on the weekends. Some of my favorite genres are classic black and white films, horrors, and adventure. That doesn’t mean I don’t like a good drama or musical.

09.28.2016

Dream A Little Dream

Posted by Edward Thorn

My dreams have generally all came true over the years. I’ve been able to see my dream of creating interesting escalator music come to fruition. I never thought I’d be working for a company that manufactures machines that I, myself, have created the music for. If you ever get the chance to visit online casinos like Amsterdam’s Casino, Casumo casino, ComeOn, and 7red Casino, you will likely get the chance to hear my music. Actually, it’s more than a likelihood or a chance. Without a doubt, you will be listening to the music I’ve created. While I’ve always dreamed of pepping up the regular boring escalator music, I never dreamed of being so widely known. All I ever wanted to do was create music. Now that people are listening to my music all the time, it’s clearer to me that this was my path all along.

My other dream is to start a program for kids who are underprivileged and don’t have access to the instruments they wish to play or have an interest in. I want this program to supply and/or rent music equipment that they will be able to use no matter how much income their parents have coming in. I want this to be a global effort and expand to countries where musical opportunities aren’t always available to them. I want the fundraising for this program to be all about music. My dream is that the local kids will host musicals, talent shows, and other musical events where donations will be made and the proceeds from the ticket sales will go directly back into the program to fund it.

Another dream I have had for a while now is to find a way for my music to expand across and to other industries where escalator music is frequently used. I want it to be heard in high-class restaurants and cafes, hotel lobbies, hospitals, lounges across the world, and other gaming facilities. I’ve found a way to make the escalator music interesting and applicable to those who will be exposed to it so they want to stay.

09.28.2016

My Life Outside of Music

Posted by Edward Thorn

Someone once asked me at a friend’s gallery grand opening what it is I do when I’m not composing music. It was hard for me to answer that because as my life history has had it, I have spent majority of my life around, listening to, and composing music. It was almost like I was a deer caught in headlights. I was struggling to find something, anything, even something small to say that wasn’t musically related. I finally admitted that there’s hardly anything I do outside of music. However, I do have other hobbies that tend to take a backseat to my music. I love spending time with my family, traveling, visiting museums, attending art functions, seeing plays at the local theaters, and going to movies. Other than that, I spend time reading and enjoying my days off. When I go on vacation, I always like to go with friends and family. It’s not often that I get to see some of my extended family, since they are in the UK, but I do like to take a spontaneous trip to see them every now and then. A couple of my family members and I like to take day trips to surrounding cities in the UK. We find museums and art galleries that aren’t commonly known and that we’ve never been in before. It’s always interesting what you find in them.

I like to volunteer my time at different events that involve music. One of the ways I do that is by teaching young children ages five up to fifteen how to play instruments because I believe that incorporating music into their lives earlier on in life at a young age will help them develop academically. I believe they will be much more advanced than the children who aren’t exposed to music. It’s fun getting to see how each child learns differently on different instruments. It’s also interesting to experience their growing interest in it. When I see a child take a keen liking to a particular instrument, I waste no time encouraging them to continue playing and learning it.

09.28.2016

Music And Me

Posted by Edward Thorn

Majority of my life has been so invested in music and surrounded with it in some shape, fashion, or form that it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when I developed a knack for it. My mother used to always sing and play the piano, so it was only fitting that I also developed an interest in singing and playing instruments. When she wasn’t humming away at the piano, she was creating beautiful works of art in her huge garden.

Being musically inclined followed me through school and then through college. I always knew I’d make a career out of it. I just didn’t know how. If someone had told me eight years ago that I would be working for NetEnt, I probably would have laughed in disbelief. It was never really my dream, but it was one of those moments that happened on its on.

Throughout school, I always joked around about whoever made that boring escalator music. It wasn’t long before I was rewriting some of the more familiar ones that I heard all the time. I wanted them to have a little bit more pep to them and be something that people would be interested in hearing and downloading. I wasn’t successful at getting anyone to listen to what I had created, so I let that idea go until I got to college. That is when it hit me that I shouldn’t be afraid to send my music out, let others hear it, and really make my career doing it. I had a music teacher who was constantly encouraging her students to “let your music open doors”. Every time she said that, I thought again about escalator music. However, it wasn’t until after college when I was working with an international nonprofit foundation that I got the call from the sales manager at NetEnt. The rest is history.

09.28.2016

All About Edward Thorn

Posted by Edward Thorn

Hello!

I’m glad you were able to find this blog. No doubt, you likely arrived here after hearing a particular song I composed that you couldn’t identify. Hopefully, this all about me blog will help you learn more about me. For starters, my name is Edward Thorn and I’m originally from the UK. I’ve spent the last thirty-two years of my life, which is all of my life, loving music and enjoying life. I’ve always been interested in how music impacts others, makes them behave, and influences them, especially the decisions they make in life and on a moment’s whim. Recently, I was able to turn that interest into a hobby that became a job for me. But you know what they say, it’s not really work if you’re having so much fun with it. It truly does feel that way at times.

I’m not your average Joe or Tom or Jeff. Heck, I’m not even your average Edward. At the ripe age of 32, I feel like I’ve accomplished more than most my age. How many other 32-year-old people do you know can say their music is played and heard in shopping malls, made for TV ads, casinos, and online slot machines? Yep, just me. This is what I do for a living and I have done so for the past eight years. I like knowing that my creations persuade people to stay in the location my music is being played in. Half a year ago, I began working at NetEnt, a company that manufactures online slot machines. I absolutely love this new job because it has allowed me to relocate to St. Julian’s, a small city in the Mediterranean island of Malta. I love working and living here.

At the moment, I am single, but I hope to eventually share my life with someone, settle down, start a family, and live out the remainder of my (hopefully very long) life in St. Julian’s. I’m hoping the person I marry is as spontaneous as I am and has a huge love for music and life.