Stephanie Hazelhurst

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Musical wanderlust, schizoaffective disorder, and my eccentric family provide a unique opportunity to combine artistic talent and life experiences to connect with, comfort, and encourage trauma survivors to embrace their challenges as the fabric of their individuality--a bittersweet gift that is impossible to ignore.

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

Music is a compass. It gives a sense of continuity in a rapidly changing world.

What is your music dream?

I would like to use my talent and experience to connect with as many people as possible; to use music to help navigate the uncertain ocean of emotion.

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

I would emphasize the need for art as a means of exercising freedom of expression in a therapeutic way, to demonstrate that intangible ideas and feelings can be represented through light, color, sound, movement.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Hotel California. I remember hearing it in music class in about 2nd grade and being delighted to discover that my mom had the record at home. The words made no sense at the time, but it didn't matter. It was one of the moments I was able to catch a glimpse of who my mom really is.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

There are way too many to list, but I have named a few elsewhere on the page.

What inspires you to make music?

I have a nearly constant need to explore, appreciate, and create art to help me understand, appreciate, and respond appropriately to my feelings and those of others around me. Music is often felt physically and emotionally.

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

Light casts shadows and shadows distort light. Both are needed to see.

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

I feel grateful for the opportunity to be heard, honored that they think my talent is worthy of their attention and obligated to make the performance worth their time.

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

Um...ask me again in a few months

What do you think of Drooble?

I think it's a unique opportunity for musicians to appreciate, collaborate, commiserate (and in some cases irritate)

What frustrates you most as a musician?

To be quite blunt, sometimes life sucks. It's not always practical to practice or possible to perform due to personal circumstances.

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

When I have the opportunity, I like to attend live music venues and interact with other artists in the area.

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

You need to genuinely love what you do, but I think that is a pretty obvious one. If you don't like you, why should I? You definitely have to be able to handle criticism. I have had my feelings hurt and swore I was giving up soooooo many times; but I have always been able to take a step back, wipe the mud out of my eyes, and find some wisdom and direction in even the harshest of insults. You should have a hunger to learn and grow because music evolves with society.

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

No Compliance, iH8, Ryan Wilcox and the Sunday Shakes, Mother Freud, Troy K Stone, Arlo, Cutthroat Conspiracy