I nearly dropped everything before it even began…
I remember when I was only about seven or eight years old, my parents forced me to participate in a classical music education class at the conservatory of music in Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg.
Back then, I really hated every moment I spent there.
Although I feel like I’ve always loved music and especially singing, but back then it felt like nothing more than torture to me.
Like every child, I just wanted to have fun and hang around with my friends just doing anything else than being productive. I hated the fact that I spent several hours of my free time with different music teachers that all treated us (the group of kids) in a very harsh and criticizing manner compared to the regular teachers that taught us in elementary school.
It really felt like hell to me. I wanted to give it all up.
But my parents had a different point of view. So, I continued theoretical music classes as well as saxophone classes for SIX years until I finally reached a point where I was old enough and my parents came to their senses and accepted the fact that their youngest son will never become the next Mozart.
Funnily enough, no one in my family plays music. Except, of course my older brother who had to do the same thing as me. What my parents kept on telling me and my brother that one day we will thank them for what they did.
I guess now I kind of do, but back then every part of it sucked and it nearly made me drop music for the rest of my life. But there was one thing, these music theory lessons taught me for life (besides music theory): If you really wanna be good at something, you have to work pretty hard on it!
Yet, I’ve always wanted to become a singer and have my own band. Already at the age of three I had a plastic microphone and trust me, I was singing my throat sore with it every single day. At the age of 12, I started playing the electric guitar. Eventually, it lead to multiple jam sessions with a good friend of mine called Noah.
At the age of 13 I finally started my band, District 7 together with Noah and another good friend of ours, David, who joined us as lead guitarist. Without a doubt, since our first rehearsal and our first gig back in 2012, a lot of things have changed.
We grew up. Some members left, others came in. During that time, our music became more mature and improved and we continued to develop our music skills and also some production skills.
It felt like it turned from being just a fun hobby to a key part of my life.
Now I know that it requires a lot of dedication, skill, sacrifices and MOST OF ALL hard work. I truly believe, that the best part of the journey is still ahead of us. Therefore, I’m working on improving myself and our music every single day. To prepare for what future will hold.
If you’d like to hear the most recent milestone of that journey, click here to listen to our most recent album, ‘A Beautiful Day To Die’.
Thank you for being a listener and for making it all matter.