Sarah Juers

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Sarah Juers

CORE Presents Sarah Juers! 

Sarah Juers is a awesome up and coming artist that we can not say enough good things about! Her testiment to be Christ honoring and her love for people is evident in her music. We at CORE are so excited to see what she is going to accomplish! 

Please check her out what we posted of her but to support her and hear more check out below!

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Enjoy!

How old were you when you started to make your own music, who or what got you into it

When I was 15 I wrote songs in my room in a notebook. But I did not think anything of it.  I just sang them to myself and they helped me express my emotions that I would otherwise just be keeping in.  It was not until about 2 1/2 year ago, however, that I sang in front of people and shared songs I had written with them.  As far as who or what got me into it, I don't even really know. I just kind of did it.  I can even remember being like six years old and pretending I had my own songs and singing them and making a music video in my backyard. That's super embarrassing.  But yeah...

Who are your favorite musicians? Groups?

  My favorite musicians? Man. So many. My favorites are: Bethel, Donny Mccklurkin, Kings Kaleidoscope, Citizens, Canyon City, Foggieraw...  My favorite thing to do is go on Soundcloud or Spotify discover and just listen to a bunch of different artists and groups of several different genres and find songs I really enjoy.

What is your favorite song that you have written or covered and why?

  I feel like I have so far to develop in my songwriting. But I guess I will also always feel that way.  So if I had to pick a favorite one I have written so far, it would be one I have written recently.  It doesn't have a name yet, cause I don't want it to just be a basic name haha.  It's my favorite because it is the most cohesive song I think I have written.  It all goes together, each line, each verse, the chorus, all to tell one story. My favorite song I have covered would definitely be UltraLight Beam by Kanye West because it is so fun to sing and I love people not being sure if I'm going to rap the Chance part and then their reaction to me rapping the Chance part is so funny. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Honestly, I have literally no clue where I will be in 5 years.  I realized a long time ago that I am not in control of where I will end up.  We make all our plans, but God ultimately directs our steps and leads us to where He wants us to go.  So I just hope I am exactly where He wants me to be, and I trust He will get me there.  I think it's definitely going to involve music...

What do you want your musical style to be? 

 I have struggled with this question from people, my musical style.  Part of me doesn't want to have a specific style.  I like singing rap songs in a jazzy way.  I'd like to do some hip-hop stuff.  I like simple, acoustic, poetic songs. All of those things are equally me and equally what I love.  I guess I will always be pretty chill and for the most part simple.  But I might change it up as well.  I'm still exploring and discovering me and my music.

What gives you the inspiration to be creative? 

My inspiration to be creative comes from life.  The emotion, the pain, the joy, the love, the wonders of it all.  When I look at the beauty of creation and think about how it all works.  Life is music in itself.  Everything is playing its part in the song of life. 

Any new music or projects you can share with us

 I do not have any new projects to share with you yet. However, there will be very soon!

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Mark Kelsey

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Mark Kelsey

I had the oppurtiunty to talk to Mr. Kelsey himself about life, music and what it all means to him! Please enjoy his interview and look in our electronic section for samples of his work! 

 

How old were you when you started to make your own music?

     I was 18 years old, I am definitely not a young protege or anything haha, I never considered myself creative for a long time. I have always been a questioning type of person. I looked down on “artsiness” in my more arrogant days. I think it was when I grew up I got a better view of what it meant to be human and how we express ourselves. So I think that's why I never viewed myself as an artist but rather an analyst. But it's funny because I am in the clouds all the time now, acting like the very thing I used too look down upon. I always concerned myself with matters of the mind but now I am working with more ambiguous sound symbols, and that ambiguity allows us to reach down and consider that something deeper in humans. I am trying to get a thicker meaning and understanding rather than just capturing emotion.

Who are your favorite musicians? Groups?

     Depeche mode is one of my biggest groups. I have enjoyed David Bowie and his artistic freedom. Another one is Chino Morano, my god brother and I have always drawn inspiration from his work with Crosses and Deftones. My favorite piece of music I heard in middle school as my dad drove me to school. It was Dvorak's New World Symphony. It was the first time I really got a vivid image and story in my head from listening to music. The Cure is a big one, really anything new wave 80's I can rock with. Led Zeppelin, Jimmy page is one of the most inspiring musicians to me. I love how real he was, he always seems to just be having fun. Finding a rift and just loving it over and over it.

What is your favorite song that you have written or covered and why?  

 

     A couple of my favorites are Receding Light and Drift Through. Last year I had the worst time getting to sleep. I wrote drift through during a 3 to 4 day stint of being unable to fall asleep for more than an hour or so. During that time I would enter these strange and hazy mindsets that set me on a path of question If I can ever trust my sense of reality. You know, leaving the Descartes mindset and entering the Locke mindset. It’s my brain getting informations but how do I know if it is correct? Even facts are not self-interpreting. In Drift Through I tried to recreate what i heard from my sleep deprived auditory hallucinations. I was making a scene of a city then at the end of the scene there is a daunting, something. Then there are animals in a field then animals in the thick woods and then there is another dark presence. Its an 8 minute long song and sometimes it's a little depressing. Nonetheless it is my reflections on and something I wrote during one of those moments in my life where I especially did not trust my own empirical sense. I decided that the only way to get through is to just keep going and all you can do is look back in retrospect. Also you feel alone in the song but you really aren't. You have a creature of sorts that reminds you that he is there. He is through the song and then he seems to fade away. In my mind i would liken the creature to God, as in I am not alone, there is a sense that there is something greater than you that is always there. It's one of my favorites because it was so vivid and experiential to me.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

      I am trying to send out my resumes to so many different things. Mission agencies, teaching opportunities. I like the idea of missions and reaching new people groups and I also love teaching. Five years ago I didn't want to even mess with teaching, let alone kids, but now i actually look forward to it haha. I am letting God make my next move though. I want to be humble and trusting in God since he knows what i want because I don't want to rely on my flawed perspective on what I really want. If I obey step by step he will lead me where he wants me to go.

What do you want your musical style to be? 

     I want my style to be malleable so I can best reflect the thought I am going after. I guess it all depends on what I want to do that day. I see genres as yet another paint brush to paint with. Its fine to working with in a certain style. But having different genres and styles can allow you to add even more layers of meaning to your work. You have to be aware who your audiences is and that influences your choice of style, cords, key and so on. I want to have my songs to be cleaner, and more simple than what I usually make them to be. I think it will make my music easier to digest and easier to understand It would make it so much simpler to mix down too. It’s important when writing during a rush of creativity to still practice restraint and to not overcomplicate things.

What gives you the inspiration to be creative? 

     My music professor told me this one day: “let inspiration come after you forced it.” A Lot of people don't seem to look at creativity that way. Sometimes we will sit around and wait to have inspiration hit us. Just because you aren't feeling it, doesn't mean you should stop working on it. Don't work just because its easy and flowing, push into it and force it. Sometimes I just work on myself. Like I will take the time to work on sound design or make a new bass drum or synth or I will look up more music theory videos on YouTube or I may just plain practice my skills with certain audio affects. Along the way your going to have accident. Then your like whoa that's cool! THEN that's when creativity starts to flow. Inspiration can come from anywhere!

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Athena Skye

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Athena Skye

Athena Skye is an up and coming artist and we wanted to get to know her better so we decided to ask her for an interview and she agreed! Below is what she had to say:

How old were you when you started to make your own music?

     I was around 12 when I started making my own music, I'm 16 now.

Who are your favorite musicians? Groups?

     Such a hard question! It often changes depending on my mood and season. The genres I listen to range from pop, electro, and rap. I love finding new, eclectic artist to listen to. Mainstream or not, if the melody clicks with me, I will listen to it non-stop. As of right now, I'm currently listening to Years & Years and Duke Dumont.

What is your favorite song that you have written or covered and why?

     My favorite song that I had written is a song called "Life is What You Make it," which is as of right now featured on my SoundCloud. When I wrote it, I wanted to take just an ordinary love song and really amp it up with the imagery. When I write, I want people to paint a picture, instead of just listen.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

     In 5 years, I hope to be doing what I love, in a city that I love with amazing, creative people all around me.

What do you want your musical style to be? 

     Over the years, my styles has changed a lot. As of right now, I gravitate to a lot of electronic sounds, chill house and pop, so whenever I have a melody in mind, its always with that style.

What gives you the inspiration to be creative? 

     Music videos, new artists, books, documentaries, you name it. I get inspiration from everywhere. I am definitely a visual learner, so these are most of the mediums I get inspiration from. 

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