I have an ambition to share my music with the world.
For me, music is more than a pass time. Writing songs is my way of connecting with the world. But it wasn’t always that way. Since I was 5 years old, I wanted to be a soccer player. I was obsessed. Soccer was the cornerstone of my identity. I even went and played overseas in England and China! Then when I was 18, I had a major injury. Misdiagnosed twice, I spent a total of 2 years struggling to recuperate from my back problems and watching my dreams slip away. Any injured athlete knows it is a lonely time, and I fell out of contact with my teammates, and my friend circle diminished. For 2 years I felt directionless, life felt meaningless and despite my family’s encouragement, I began to battle anxiety and depression.
I didn’t have any friends to pass the time with or talk to, but I still felt I had so much to say. Looking to pass the time I picked up our old guitar, and began to write songs. I missed the adrenaline and excitement that came with playing soccer, but managed to replace it- somewhat- by busking in my local supermarket car park. The thrill of playing songs in front of people led me to apply for gigs, and I've been playing shows ever since.
I also dedicate my time to my family, volunteering at my local animal shelter and tutoring a refugee family in English. From a young age I've always had a deep empathy for those who have less, and I have a strong sense of fairness. A big part of what drives me is the impulse to right wrongs I see in the world, through music and other means.
All of this has led me to this point. I feel ready to take the next step.
These past few years haven’t been a cake walk for me, I still struggle with anxiety, I fell in unrequited love with a girl and of course being a student musician sometimes there have been money problems but, there’s a difference now. Where before there were just emotions, now I have songs! Songs when I’m happy, sad, angry, afraid. Like stamps in time, like a comforting hug. These past few years may not been easy for you either! But the best part is, song writing has shown me that I’m not going through these problems alone. If my song resonates with you, it gives us both a sign that we aren’t alone in our experiences. This is my goal in life, to write music to give anyone who needs it, the feeling that we are part of something bigger. That we aren’t alone, and that makes me happy.
Pop Hooks, Indie Heart
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