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Jared Corder / *repeat repeat

Jared Corder / *repeat repeat

I got burned out on music. I took piano lessons as a little kid, around 7 or 8 years old. Then I started playing in bands in junior high and high school. I toured a little in college. I studied guitar at Arizona State. As
Eric Smedberg / Desert Weather

Eric Smedberg / Desert Weather

I see music as a fire that is always burning and has always been a part of humanity. I feel as if I live with so much musical inspiration that I'm obligated to grab a torch and do something with it. If I identify with
Chanel Lóran

Chanel Lóran

Music, for me, is a way of life - an extension of my inner self. When I was in elementary school, I would get in trouble for singing out loud. Seriously, this happened exponentially. I would sing my favorite songs as I did my work.
Rob Cunliffe / West Coast Weekend

Rob Cunliffe / West Coast Weekend

Aaron and I first played music together in Boston in 2005. Set to the soundtrack of our mutual favorite band at the time, Guster, we became fast friends. Something in their music was nostalgic and inspiring, and it excited something in us both, equally and
Sal The Musician

Sal The Musician

Success and failure have been (very) prominent features in my life, always showing up at random moments in extreme amounts. I set the bar very high for myself as a child; apparently I was the complete package once upon a time, and that distinction has
Anthony Pedroza / Fellow Robot

Anthony Pedroza / Fellow Robot

I remember waking up each Saturday morning to the rumbling of my father’s stereo. The first song on his Saturday morning playlist was always ELO’s “10538 Overture”. The arpeggiated guitars disrupted my sleep, while the French Horn graciously asked me to open my eyes. By
Molly O’Malley

Molly O’Malley

So music. Talking about why I hold music close to my heart makes me feel like I'm the Guy Who Likes Music from that Gabe Gundacker video. I think that's because it's such a universal thing, and like I'm speaking to fill air, but also
Lydia Halloway

Lydia Halloway

When the doctor called me and told me I had cancer, I didn’t cry -- instead, my first thought was how I was going to break it to my mom. Of course I was scared, but I knew I had a good prognosis, and I
Jordan Hiebner / We’re Trying Records

Jordan Hiebner / We’re Trying Records

I guess We're Trying Records started when I was living in Omaha, NE in 2013. At the time, I was finishing up college and interning at a music non-profit called Hear Nebraska – which dedicated it's time to supporting the local music scene through journalism,
Ryan Argast / Marina City

Ryan Argast / Marina City

From the moment I was able to walk and talk I was dancing and singing. My personality, my memories, and my relationships are created because of music. Some of my earliest memories were gathering family members at parties into living rooms for a show. I