Contactmusic caught up with Craig Armstrong, film composer for The Quiet American, Moulin Rouge and many more.
So how is your day going?
I can imagine your vocation isn't the easiest to get a start in, how did it come about for you?
I STARTED WRITING MUSIC FOR THE THEATRE AND THEN WAS OFFERED SHORT FILMS WHICH SLOWLY LED INTO FEATURES.
Where do you begin when writing a film score?
USUALLY BY MEETING THE DIRECTOR AND DISCUSSING OUR APPROACH TO THE PROJECT.
Out of all the pieces of music you have created for films which is your favourite?
THE QUIET AMERICAN WORKED REALLY WELL I THINK AND MOULIN ROUGE.
Is music one of the most important parts of a film for you?
AS A MUSICIAN I AM POSSIBLY MORE AWARE OF THE MUSIC BUT CINEMATOGAPHY IS ALSO SOMETHING I NOTICE IN FILMS.
What would be one of the most defining moments of your career?
MY AUNT TEACHING ME THE PIANO WHEN I WAS SEVEN.
How do you unwind?
I LIKE BEING ON AND AROUND BOATS
Was music something that ran in your family or did you feel it was an individual outlet for you?
MY AUNT WENT TO THE RAM IN LONDON SO SHE DID IT ALL FIRST.
You're obviously a very good musician, what aren't you so good at?
I'M LEARNING PORTUGUESE AT THE MOMENT AND I COULD BE BETTER AT THAT.
You're adoration for music is obviously huge! What else are you really passionate about?
LOTS OF THINGS.
Contactmusic.com has an area on the website dedicated to unsigned artist, what advice would you give them?
DON'T GIVE UP. REMEMBER HOW YOU FEEL IS UNIQUE AND COMPOSE ALONE.
If you hadn't got started in music what would you have done?
I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE BECOME A PAINTER
Which movie bad guy would you be?
STEVE MCQUEEN IN THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR
Do you have a favorite place to write?
THESE DAYS I TEND TO WRITE AT HOME.
Official site -
Dance Like We're Making Love (Audio)
California (Bombastic Video)
Alone And Sublime (Audio)
I Of The Storm (Official Lyric Video)