How did you get your start in musical performance?
I started performing in 5th grade when I joined the orchestra for cello. I didn’t really like it back then, but playing cello opened the door for me and got me to try other instruments. I love playing cello now though and try to use it as much as possible in my songs.
Who or what inspired you to pursue music?
I started playing music when my father died. He used to always pretend to play guitar while singing off key and when he passed I felt myself naturally gravitating towards music; I started teaching myself guitar and piano by listening to songs I liked to listen to. I don’t think I ever made a conscious decision to “pursue music,” but I just kept playing, recording, producing, etc. more and more and that turned into a full time thing, which is awesome.
What pushes you to go harder? What is your motivation? Do you ever feel like you want to give up?
I’d say the thought of being stagnant motivates me. The thought of being in the same place for years and never improving scares me, so I work every day trying to better myself, whether its through recording, writing, performing, producing, or anything else in life. While growing up I always had lots of chores to do, so now when I have nothing to do it stresses me out. I used to go out of my way to put myself in situations where I’d be out of my comfort zone, just so I could learn to adapt and face my fear. I never feel like giving up, but self doubt happens a decent amount. That comes and goes just like inspiration does, you just have to push through it.
What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced?
One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is compromising. Being in a band is full of compromising, but you have to be careful not to sacrifice all of your say and mistake it for being fair. I haven’t spoken my mind a lot in the past because I was scared to step on past members toes, because when it comes to being in a band, the greater good is what’s important. I didn’t analyze to see if everyone was compromising to the same extent, and it took me months to figure that out. Upon emerging from the situation and band, I feel like a stronger person.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years, I hope to have a strong fan base and a good platform to distribute my music on. I hope to tour the world and work with as many pop and rap artists as possible, while also working on my own solo material.
Do you have a piece of advice for those who are trying to begin a career in music but don’t know where to start?Just do what you want. When all is said and done, music is just music. Do the kind of music that makes you happy, as generic as that sounds; everyone likes different things. One of the hardest things for me was realizing that your friends don’t always have the exact same interests as you. You may enjoy two different activities or like the same one for different reasons, either way that’s not a bad thing. I had to learn that you can’t please everyone, and I am much happier writing songs now. I think that is the most important piece of advice because I can’t imagine having a career in music and not making the kind I wanted to make.
Who is your favorite artist?
My favorite artist is always changing depending on what mood I’m in, but as of late it would have to be Jack Antonoff of Bleachers. He is a great songwriter/lyricist as well as a producer and songwriter for other artists. He cares about what he says in interviews and in his lyrics, and makes sure to respond to as many fans as possible on social media. He keeps the integrity of an indie artist, while writing for mainstream artists like Taylor Swift. He also kills every show I’ve seen him play, whether its live or on YouTube.
What’s your favorite meal?
This is the hardest question ever. I’d say almost any Italian or Mexican food is my favorite because I try to eat it every day.