Multi-instrumentalist and composer Ashley Kampta has been active in music since the age of 8, learning piano, drum kit, bass guitar and guitar. He started composing at 13 using computers and software, and later went on to take GCSE and A-Level exams in Music, as well as obtain a degree in Music Technology from Brunel University in Uxbridge, England in 2005. He also has six years’ experience as a Music Director.
In 2006, Ashley composed the score and designed sound effects for the animated short Dunebreaker, by Mohammad AlHuraiz, who is currently a member of UAE game development team Zombie Camel Games.
In 2008, Ashley composed the score to the short film Hammer and Nails, by Emirati director and animator Hamad Mansoor Alawar, which was screened at the Dubai International Film Festival 2008 and Gulf Film Festival 2008.
Ashley has also created instrumental parts for the debut EP Elson Official for the London-based singer-songwriter Elson, as well as producing and mixing the EP. He has also mixed, mastered and provided music tracks for a rap album from North-West London artist IceMage, and has mixed and mastered the recently-released EP of the North-West London rap collective Royal Flush Musique. Ashley’s musical influences are wide-ranging, from classical, to rock, jazz and the music of different cultures. Ashley is currently studying jazz piano and will be attending courses in conducting in order to further develop his musical and leadership skills whilst continuing to compose.
Most recently, Ashley helped direct rehearsals and performed in the choir with the Notting Hill Orchestra and Choir for Film Music on 24 and 25 April 2015. He will once again be directing the choir and conducting the orchestra as they perform his composition Quest for Pie at the upcoming Christmas concert in December 2015.