Introducing the Composers – Erik Anjou

Who are the people behind all of the great soundtracks available in our store? We decided to take a closer look. Today we will get to know Erik Anjou.

Tell us about your musical background!

I remember being extremely drawn to music since I was a child. My dad introduced me to 60’s music when I was around four, and in the mean time I guess I learned how to play. I guess I realised I could play the guitar when I was 15, and since then I’ve played in various bands and projects – both for fun and for a living. I’ve always been interested in writing music, and I mainly write what most people would call “Pop”, I guess. Lately I’ve taken a more serious approach by dedicating more time for writing, but I like to keep an even balance of playing live and being in the studio.

Do you have a special method when you compose? Pen & paper/directly to DAW or other?

I like to write the basics of a song in my head since I find it easier to hear a bigger arrangement that way. Then at a later stage I can go to an instrument and try it out. But it all depends on the type of song as well.

What equipment do you use?

This might sound strange, but I really don’t have any favorites! For example I have many guitars, but I’m still looking to find the one to fall in love with. What I do like, though, is my studio as a whole. A place to be creative is more important than gear for me.

What kind of music do you most enjoy to make?

I mostly write pop,  as  a singer/songwriter etc, but when you get the feeling you know you have done something good, it doesn’t matter what style it is.

What inspires you when composing for Elias?

I mainly try to get in a certain mood and capture a feeling, and then hopefully the rest will come. I’ve always been moved by dramatic music, so it feels really good to be able to express 20 levels of my own drama!

Is there something in particular that Elias does that you haven’t been able to to before?

Yes, it’s the way of writing. It’s completely new to me. A challenge for sure, but also very interesting. The music is not linear anymore, it’s endless!

Do you have any favorite games?

“Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2” and “Generals” must be my all time favorites, but it’s been a while since I played games….

At the end of long day in the studio what do you do to relax?

I try to stay away from sound and coffee as long as I can….