Andy Jones AKA Midnight Watchman is a composer and producer of ambient music from the UK. He writes instrumental tracks that incorporate mainly analog and digital electronic sounds but also some treated real instruments. He writes soundscapes with varied rhythms and instrumentation, packed with unassuming melody. The tracks contain elements of suspense and intrigue as well as relaxing and ambient tones and are well suited for film and television.
Midnight Watchman is a well-rounded songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player who began as a street musician in UK cities while writing original songs and touring the US. Upon his return to the UK, he started a band who soon gained successful appearances on radio and music festivals with their acoustic-written songs that were well received. After a couple of albums, he decided to move into instrumental music as a solo artist, recording in his home studio.
The first albums he heard that influenced his current music were by Jean Michel-Jarre, Jan Hammer and Vangelis when he was very young. Their simplistic yet perfect melodies played by modern synthesisers resonated with him. He has since been attracted to all manner of instrumental music from Bonobo to Anchorsong, Kraftwerk to Chopin and from Penguin Cafe Orchestra to Tycho. He is also heavily influenced by alternative indie music like John Grant, Future Islands, Alt-J. Ezra Furman, and Ryan Adams as well as classic songwriters from the 70s like David Bowie, John Martyn, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen and Paul Simon.
He is pursuing ambient music with a passion and looking to create a range of dark sounds that can contrast with other lighter tracks. His aim is to be a respected composer with a good following and for his music to be used in film.