We felt that is was time to introduce the WMP team and let you get to know them. Some have been at WMP for years, others have just started. This time it is Pete Darling’s turn…

Photo courtesy of Ewan McKechnie

Name: Pete Darling

Start date with WMP: Some time in the vast outreach of 2012

First impressions of WMP:

Ben’s shoe collection is exemplary.

What does your role involve at WMP:

I write instrumental and song based compositions, occasionally pausing to defend my position on tea brewing times.

Favourite project so far:

Writing the ‘Bin it’ track for Wrigleys was loads of fun, and it was rewarding to see the final product along with Blue Zoo’s fantastic visuals.

What music are you currently listening to:

Kacey Musgraves Pageant Material

Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell

Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear

Justin Bieber ‘What Do You Mean?’

I love getting to write music in different styles, with other incredible composers.

If you are not in the WMP studio where would we most likely find you:

a) Teaching composition at Leeds College of Music

b) Writing and performing with artists Jack Edwards and Laura Oakes

c) Perusing Beeston Tesco’s reduced sandwich selection.

What is the best bit about your job?

I love getting to write music in different styles, with other incredible composers.

What has been your proudest moment at WMP so far?

Being told by my housemate that he’d played ‘Bin It!’ to his younger brother, who then played it to everyone at his school. Confirmed to me that we had written the right song with the right tone.

Who would you love to work with in the future? Client or collaboration..

Paul McCartney. Honda. Sandra Bullock. Together or separately.

Memorable studio moment…

Recording shouty backing vocals with Kamal, impossible to get through a single take without cracking up.

Listen to a few of Pete’s tracks on his portfolio page — click here (Password:petedarl)