Spencer Elliott began composing instrumental piano music in his early years -- his influences mainly consisting of contemporary composers like George Winston. It was later that he picked up the guitar, yet he was still more influenced by punk and alternative genres at that time. For more than two decades, Spencer performed as a vocalist and occasional guitarist in a number of punk and alternative bands. It wasn’t until 2007 that Spencer turned his focus to progressive steel string guitar. Spencer spent several years taking inspiration from artists such as Hedges, Ross, McKee and Dufour. However, he maintained a love for influences ranging from Beethoven to Billie Holiday to Bad Brains.
Once Spencer began to write progressive finger style pieces, his compositional elements pulled not only from his piano background but also from his affinity for edgy guitar music. Spencer views modern finger style as part of the "Free Space", to borrow a phrase from Ian MacKaye (singer for Minor Threat and Fugazi and owner of Dischord Records). It is a place where new and original artistic ideas continue to bloom. These ideas are not produced with profit in mind, but from a desire and a need to create. Spencer’s compositions possess a cinematic quality, painting rich melodic landscapes that fuse his contrasting influences.
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