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The Power of Influence: How Those Around You Transform You

 You always hear about how our environment influences us. How we define ourselves by the people we keep in our company. But how can this be true? How can others’ words and actions really affect us? This is what I used to ask myself. Sure, I liked to party and make bad decisions every now and again, but that wasn’t the worst thing in the world, right? It turns out that putting myself in these situations was more detrimental to my well-being than I imagined. Yes, I was having fun…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Be Nice

When I was asked to write this blog, I really had absolutely no idea what to say.  I’ve been playing music professionally for over a decade, and there are a million things I’ve experienced and pieces of advice I could give, but what is the MOST IMPORTANT thing I’ve ever learned?  Yeesh!! So, I thought about it and thought about it, and something hit me that is one of the first things I say to anyone asking me for advice.  I get a lot of work, not because I’m the…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Creativity Is A Habit

I often think of my creativity as a relationship. There are ups and downs. There are seasons of my life where we spend every waking moment together, completely infatuated. Then there are times where seeing each other is like trying to plan a trip to Key West in the winter time. If you’re not familiar with this particular experience, the island has a tendency to book out months in advance. Though difficult to sort out the timing, it is still very worthwhile, so I hear! The same is true of…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Change Is Your Friend

Have you ever felt like everything you worked for was in vain? Well, that’s how I felt in 2016. I had been with my girlfriend at the time for 6 years. I had a steady day job as a high school teacher. My band, Hombre Bestia, was playing better than ever and we had just released our second material, called Janus. Everything seemed to be just following a nice course. Going according to plan. Except one thing: I couldn’t write a single song. Routine had become such a part of…

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Forever Came Calling: Why the Unsigned Future is Still Bright

The DIY, unsigned grind is fierce. As an artist in this world, you’re the visionary, the creator. You’re the booking agent. You’re the publicist. You’re the accountant, merch guy, gear tech, driver. You play all the roles, and then some, as a liaison to other bands either in the scene or swinging through on tour. You run the grind, gaining fans, gaining a reputation, gaining industry eyes on you, all in hopes that you’ll break that glass ceiling to sign a contract with a label. But, even when you make…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Music Is Your Job, Treat It Like One

I’ve been playing and touring with Big Something for seven years this May and I’ve learned so many things from these guys individually and from our travels together. After so many shows and miles traveled it’s hard to pinpoint the most valuable thing that lends itself to success: staying in shape, squeezing in practice time, putting on an entertaining and engaging live show…these are obviously all really critical to thriving as a group. But after taking some time to think about something I’ve learned in THIS particular band that I…

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Mental Health Matters: Change the Stigma

It’s junior year of college at NYU. My apartment had turned into the manifestation of my mind – instruments all over the floor, dishes in the sink that hadn’t been washed in weeks with fruit flies marking their territory, clothes in every corner and all the blinds shut tight. It was psychological rock bottom. I was sitting on my bed and a beam of light broke through the window shade and hit me on my chest. I knew in that moment that I had a choice, I could live or…

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Mental Health Matters: Overcoming Your Ocean

I believe every song has a story and every song is a story. Many of us have music playing throughout the entire day, but do we ever stop and listen to the lyrics, think about their meaning, or about what brought the artist or songwriter to share that story? As a songwriter and an artist, I am blessed to be able to use music as a way to touch people, and also use it as a way to heal myself. Back in January of 2017, I started writing for my…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: It’s Not About the Fame

(photo credit: Megan Thompson ) When I started performing, I was about 7 years old. I fell in love with music and the adrenaline rush of being on stage. I was excited for every rehearsal, vocal lesson and talent show. When I decided to pursue music as a career though, my focus changed. All of a sudden it became about “making it”. My only goal was success, and many of my relationships suffered because my life became about networking and only making friends that could help me achieve this very…

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THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I’VE LEARNED: The Music Is Only Half Real

Alright, you’ve read the Buzzfeed style title and have thus been sucked in by my ruse. You’re here, why not stay for a bit, I’ve only been given 500 words so you won’t waste too much time. The most important thing I’ve learned is actually something I came to terms with far too late in my ‘career’ and as such I bring it to you, here, hopefully early doors, so you can interact with it in any way you see fit. Perhaps a lot of it will sound like the…

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