After this he spent several years as guitarist and songwriter with Fierce Panda signed indie-rock band Phonotype, with UK tours and airplay on MTV2, BBC Radio 1, X-fm etc. He also established himself as a session guitarist working with various London-based bands.
As much as Jon loved performing, he also had a passion for writing music, so when approached by a local London production company to compose a score for a BBC3 documentary he jumped at the opportunity. After this, the offers kept coming in, so he expanded his home studio and began to carve out a successful career as a composer. Jon enjoys writing production music because no two briefs are the same, leading him to adapt and experiment with genres that he may not have had a chance to previously explore.
Jon’s diverse musical influences enable him to draw on a wide range of instrumentation and production techniques, with the aim of creating music which is eclectic but cohesive. His approach to composing is to experiment as much as possible with new ideas, while never forgetting the basic importance of a catchy melody, a memorable riff, or a rhythm that gets the foot tapping - and in the context of music-for-picture, focusing the listener’s attention and emotions on whatever purpose the music is intended for is always the fundamental goal.
Jon’s long list of commissions includes numerous BBC documentary series, and his library music has been used on programmes worldwide including the Late Show with David Letterman, Pawn Stars, and The One Show.