Influences & Inspirations

From hometown beats to personal heroes, there’s a story behind every track.

  • Music and Autism: Creating a school song for the charity Prior’s Court

    Back in 2016, I contributed a small amount of piano and guitar to the soundtrack of Nick Kelly’s film The Drummer and the Keeper. Set in Dublin, it’s a tale of an unlikely friendship forged between Gabriel, a renegade drummer…

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  • Arctic Appreciation

    I’m 14 years old and my uncle has just purchased a subscription to “Rolling Stone” magazine for my birthday.  Leaning back in my computer chair, I flip through the pages – avoiding long-form articles and instead skimming the pictures and…

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  • From Natalie to KYŁO

    When I was in high school, I started really getting into music and wanted to start performing and getting into the live scene. My whole life, I had performed in musicals, dance recitals, things like that; but performing real music…

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  • Creating Against The Odds

    I threw my first dance party in San Francisco two years ago. Like a lot of early parties, it was held in an apartment. There were no set times, no lineups, no genres, no egos. I had fun with it;…

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  • The Importance of Pronouns in Music

    When the average listener hears a song, they may not realize how careful songwriters are with the creation and curation of their lyrics. The way we write is the way we want to be perceived and heard. But sometimes we…

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  • Body Positivity

    Why?  The ominous question that circles through our heads.  “You have to find your ‘why’” people are always saying.  Your reason and intention in the things we choose to do with our lives. But sometimes a why that once dripped…

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  • Underneath Xander

    Producer and vocalist Xander is a testament to perseverance. Exploring new-found confidence through the lens of musical creation, the rising musician talks about anxiety, family, and work ethic. Raised in a small town surrounded by farm-like scenery, Xander garners influence…

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  • Fluidity Talks

    Growing up in a suburban town, I’ve always had the privilege of relaxing and getting away from the loud city noises. In my current room the trees are directly outside my window, where pretty flowers bloom and birds wake me…

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  • Love Letter to San Pedro

    We come from San Pedro, a small town just outside of Los Angeles where everybody knows someone that you do. It’s part of LA county, but it feels like a different world. It’s made up of people who rarely leave…

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  • Trusting Yourself As A Musician

    As an aspiring musician, the act of trusting yourself and your vision is not as easy as it seems. We face so many different outside influences that pull us in so many directions that it becomes difficult to cancel out…

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