I'm raising funds to attend a 6-week songwriting course as a member of the nonprofit musician incubator TheJamRoom.org, presented by their partner Soundfly so I can take the next step in my musical journey.
Here's my story: Music has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. The first song I can remember is clapping to “The Clapping Song” while in my car seat at about 2 years old. My father would play it during road trips in the car. I later learned that it was Queen’s We will Rock You. Even at a young age, I seemed to gravitate toward rock songs over kid’s music or pop.
When I turned four my parents started me in piano. I liked learning the songs and would memorize my songs, so I didn’t use sheet music for recitals. After a few years my parents traded our old 1900’s piano in for a digital piano. This was interesting because it could record and play different samples like a keyboard. I liked to experiment with the different sounds and how it could change the mood of the music. My parents also bought a kid’s starter drum kit.
When I turned 11, one of my piano friends and I decided to start a band. He also played guitar. We had another school friend that played guitar as well as one who could sing. About that time, my parents bought a real drum kit a neighbor had in a yard sale. We started out playing Rock Band in my basement and transitioned to playing music.
We named our band Rabbits with Machine Guns. Our name is fitting for where we are now- not too serious and somewhat unpredictable. We play mostly Rock and Alternative from the 60’s through Modern. It has been 3 years since we started in my basement. We have moved from making a wall of noise to playing the music the inspired us: CCR, Nirvana, The White Stripes and more. The band moved out of my basement to Spencer’s family room as it was larger and had better acoustics. Soon we were working on our catalog of songs. We have changed lead singers a few times due to life as teenagers, but we continue to grow. Our first gig was a block party for the city of Omak in the spring of 2019. Since then we have done several more gigs. We made enough money to afford some new instruments.
I am focused on Rock and Alternative music. For a young musician I am interested in the heart of rock music-true music that is unpolished and raw. No produced sugar pop or glam rock. For me as a drummer that means acoustic drums without sampling or triggers. Simple, but effective. I like music that makes people feel as opposed to think. At this point I want to grow as a musician. I would like to get more serious about playing and performing for my community and surrounding area. We would like to start writing music as a band, but we need to learn the craft of song writing and making our own music.
I joined TheJamRoom.org Incubator because I needed help advancing my band to the next step. It was discouraging to have pushed on a dream so long just to arrive at a point where there was more to learn about being successful in the industry than I had the capacity to accomplish and still remain focused on my craft.
They designed a path and provided the resources necessary for me to overcome these hurdles, and now with your help, I can begin that journey. They are helping me with this campaign and are here to ensure the funds raised will be directly applied to my goals. You can visit our Artist Highlight page to learn more about our band "Rabbits With Machine Guns."
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