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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is an outlet, a way to express my feelings. It's better to write a song, or sing a song that I can relate to to get my frustration out than to call someone out directly to address those feelings and end up hurting them.

What is your music dream?

I'd love to go on tour all around the world, mostly Europe and the USA. I prefer performing live than recording, and by touring I'd get to travel, learn new languages and perform, so that would be my dream.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Probably poverty, because in my town there are a lot of new houses being built that get left empty because they're too expensive, but there are also tons of people on the streets.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

I Will Surive by Stephanie Bentley. It's on the soundtrack of Holes, my favourite childhood movie and I would listen to it on repeat for days. It's very uplifting.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

My favourite genre is country, but my favourite band is actually a pop-rock band called Tokio Hotel because they're very different in sound and style, but I've loved Aerosmith too since I was a kid, and their I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing is my favourite song.

What inspires you to make music?

Since I was a kid I've always loved singing, then when I became a teenager I got to work with some local musicians and I just love how it brings people together and the drive behind putting together a good performance. I love being a part of something like that. My little sister is also musical and hopes to be a famous singer some day, so giving up on my music dream would be like telling her it's okay to give up too.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Many of my songs are about mental health issues and the real hardships of relationships whether it's with my friends or my relatives that I think a lot of people can relate to, and I hope when people hear them they'll help them understand these struggles more and be more compassionate to people going through them. They tell stories that aren't just about sex or break ups or being cheated on.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

It's nervewracking, but rewarding, especially if I'm performing a song I wrote myself instead of a cover. Seeing people's reactions to my lyrics and compositions is really fun.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

In my town, there aren't many places to perform, which for me is very sad and hard to accept because I'd rather perform outside in front of people than record a video and put it on YouTube, but these days, if you promote yourself enough on the internet, anyone can become famous through YouTube and that's easy, but I like the old fashioned way of doing things.

What do you think of Drooble?

It's one of the friendliest social media sites around, and has some pretty cool features.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

That all it takes to become well known these days is a few cool YouTube videos. My favourite part of making music is meeting and working with other musicians, then performing with them and actually seeing fans in person and seeing their real, true reactions to my music, and I think with only doing videos on the internet a lot of that interaction and work is lost. With videos you can do it over and over until its perfect and edit it into looking great, but with performing live you only get one chance and that's part of what makes you work so hard to get it right and what makes it so exciting and nervewracking.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

It's a small community and there are only about 2 shows per year that are done in the same place, so I'm part of it and I support and advertise it as much as possible.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

A camera and good advertisment skills, and a social media platform

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Khleo Thomas, The White Buffalo, The Forest Rangers, No Frills Twins