I am a 17-year-old singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. I started as a classically-trained pianist and cellist and was then able to teach myself more “traditional” rock instruments. As of right now, I play nine instruments, but I’m always working on growing that number whenever I can.
Like, you can change who you are, but you’ll always be you, and there’s absolutely nothing you can do to change that. The idea just always interested me.
I’ve been heavily influenced by artists like Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Nirvana, or David Bowie. I think they are all great examples of disruptors. I’ve also been influenced by a lot of bands that are less known to the public as of right now. I could list names forever, but I guess my main point is that I love the interesting and new sonic landscapes that come out of abnormality.
I never strive for “perfection” in my recordings, but I do need the song to sound like it does in my head to be happy with it. In general, I think highlighting the raw or imperfect qualities of a recording can give it a more emotional impact.
I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons and skills this year about myself and my place in the music industry. This past year has truly taught me the importance of balance. Balance is important in my personal life, my academics, my song mixes… It’s just important everywhere.
I’ve also learned the skill and the importance of multitasking and staying organized. Between various separate recording projects, I have my own musical schedule planned out across the next 5 or 6 months. I’ve gotten a lot better at staying on top of things, which is a trend that will continue in the years to come.
Finally, I’ve begun to understand how to handle publishing my music. Putting yourself out there can be a hard thing to do, but I think it’s worth the reward of making yourself heard.
Next month, I will be attending the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music within the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. I can’t think of a better place for me to be. I’m really looking forward to the education and experiences I’ll obtain during my time there, or even during my first semester!