Likes: Anything remotely classified as ‘Nerdy’, exploring the world and as much coffee as you can give me.
Dislikes: Being ill and unable to do anything.
Favorite Food: Rowntree’s Jelly Tots
Favorite Quote: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring (J. R. R. Tolkien)
Jack McKenzie is a Media Composer, Orchestrator, Arranger and Performer from Edinburgh, Scotland. He often credits his maternal Grandfather’s guitar playing and original songs as his primary influence in pursuing music, along with an exposure to Traditional Folk and Classical music from an early age. He began his musical career at the age of 9 learning the Trumpet through the West Lothian Instrumental Programme where he received free Music Tuition. Jack went on to study Music and graduated with a First Class Bachelors of Music (With Honours) Degree from Kingston University London, majoring in Music Technology. For his Final Degree Project, Jack created a Virtual Instrument constructed from Glass, which he used to performed an original composition and demonstrate the Instrument live. It was through this year that Jack took a keen interest in Instrumental Sampling, allowing him to continue to evolve as an emerging Media Composer through is own individual sound as well as develop his compositional and audio engineering skills. Jack is the Co-Founder and previous Conductor of the Edinburgh College Student Orchestra. Founded in late 2017, the Orchestra is the only ensemble at Edinburgh College to be entirely run and maintained by its Students. As well as their annual tour, the Orchestra was invited to perform at the TedX Youth@ Glasgow 2018 Conference, held in the SEC Armadillo Venue. The event was attended by over 2000 young adults, showcasing creative talent throughout Scotland. Jack has worked with many renowned ensembles including the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Aberdeen University Jazz Orchestra, as well as writing for Artists such as DJ Al Kent and the Jess Abrams Quartet.