We had the good fortune of connecting with Abigail Parker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abigail, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
My business, ‘Alpha Waves Music School’ was born out of the pandemic. Personally like many others I was struggling with the isolation and loneliness. To keep busy and maintain a routine I through myself into music production, something which I had fallen in and out of many times over the years.
During this time I joined meetup to find meditation groups and stumbled across a small group ‘London Music Production Lessons’ that was in need of an organiser. Without a moments thought I took upon the role and got to organising events that varied from tutorials in music production to listening parties for members of the community to meet and share music they were working on and gain constructive feedback.
Throughout these weeks and months we saw people attending events from many different countries and locations. Demographically the community was hugely varied but one common thread between us all was a real need for connection. A space to feel supported and encouraged to share not just the music we were all working on but to find guidance in how to even get going or stay consistent. Not just practically but emotionally too.
This is when it occurred to me, in so many ways music production learning is quite limited. There are some fantastic schools out there dedicated to music production learning, but a lot are very expensive and require a lot of financial support which may not be available for many.
It is no secret you need to give a lot of time to any creative outlet if you really want to pursue it fully. Time which may be difficult to find for those needing to work a day job. I have spent many hours myself scrolling through forums and youtube videos to find the answer to a bug I am faced with at 11pm at night, just when I am mid flow on a track and totally burnt out from the day’s work. I am lucky in that over the years I found some firm friends who work in the industry and have been able to contact directly for help. But there were plenty of times when that was not the case, and I would doubt my abilities. I have seen a lot of people walk away from the things they are passionate about as they struggle to balance it with other factors in life that needed their time and attention.
Like other online learning platforms out there this is where I feel ‘Alpha Waves Music School’ fills the gap. We aim to be accessible financially to all by having various ways of learning with us, from E books, community meetups, tiered lesson packages and we do communicate to reach out if in need of a payment plan.
We are committed in growing a teacher and learner community of likeminded individuals that support others in their art. We strive to elevate individuals in confidence and encourage connections within the community that see for collaboration, support, and development.
I feel it imperative to mention there are some other fantastic online communities out there also in music production. Some who supported and encouraged my plan for Alpha. I can’t express enough not just as a female entrepreneur and business owner but as someone who experienced the tough side of the music industry how refreshing and heart-warming this has been. To be fully committed to making music education and achievement accessible to all we must work together, not against each other. ‘Alpha’ is only a contributor to this movement, but I guess what give us our own stamp is we offer tuition in a variety of languages with a plan to further add to this.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Creatively it has been somewhat of a journey for me. I have never fully committed to being an artist in the sense of releasing music and pursuing it as a career until recently. But I have always created in some way, even if it has not been musically. I have a habit of getting bored and continuously wanting to learn new things. I went to music college where I focused on singing and violin but not long after I stopped violin and took up guitar and writing songs. From there I got into learning how to produce and improved my piano playing. What followed was a questionable time off not really knowing what I wanted to focus on and in all honesty, I was battling a lot of blockages for quite some time. These were both internally and creatively but resulted in a great interest of understanding the correlation between mindfulness and creativity. For myself and what I have learnt as a teacher and observer the two are hugely intertwined.
Thereafter my concept for Alpha Waves Music School was formed. As I continued to roadmap and build Alpha I discovered my interest in Digital Marketing, which has been another creative outlet and is something I am currently pursuing and becoming credited in.
During the process of building my school I have returned to writing songs for an artist project I am carving out around my other work. However, I am content in taking my time and approach it without expectation. This feels healthier for me and therefore ultimately, I create more working this way. Though as my school finds its feet, I will be giving more attention to my artist project and have some tentative dates to finish and release some things.
I love this expression ‘to throw paint at the walls’. I think that encompasses my creative journey so far very well. I like to get stuck in, make a mess, keep learning new skills and go with the flow on what feels right at the time. This is not necessarily the right approach for everyone. We are all dealt a different set of cards with which we must learn to work with and navigate our own path that honours our true self. Since trusting more in myself and the process I see the bigger picture coming together. On a personal level my business Alpha Waves Music School sees me bringing together all the components I have learnt, explored and been lost in in over the years. For one reason and another I fell off track with trusting myself and my creativity, Alpha bought me back in alignment and through this project I hope to help anyone else find or rediscover their creative freedom also. Whether that be providing educational resources or welcoming them to a supportive community I strive to grow.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
London in my mind is ever changing. I mainly reside East as this side of the city feels the most creative with an abundance of music nights, pop up art exhibitions and quality food markets. There is a special jam night in Shoreditch ran once a month by some friends that attracts some incredible talent and the community formed from the night have always been so supportive no matter where you are on your music journey. The performance space itself is through a mirrored door, almost speakeasy vibes which makes the whole experience even more exciting. The cocktails are also out of this world. I will never tire of crossing the bridge from Embankment to the Southbank centre. I have seen a few concerts there this year and has been a wonderful reminder of how diverse the arts in London are.
There is a wonderfully secret pocket of London called Clapton, thought fast becoming not a secret. It holds a vast amount of wild marsh land and has the Lea river and its tow paths nearby which are forever filled with runners, cyclists and walkers. On the weekends there are numerous food markets nearby to pick up that wholesome oat flat white and choose a dish from multiple types of cuisine on offer.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents have always supported me in my creative pursuits. Even at times when I have been flat out broke and burnt out they continued to encourage and focus on reminding me of my inner strength and confidence. They are advocates for do what makes you happy. I have some dear friends, some near and far that honestly propped me up with almost daily phone calls during quite a challenging time just before I started Alpha and who I am forever thankful too. Some friends are also female producers and continue to inspire me with their hard work, determination and resilience.
Lastly I have to mention yoga. For me this practice has been an endless discovery of self and continues to ground me even on the most difficult of days. Yoga has enabled me to work through big energy blocks and become unstuck within myself. It has showed me I am capable of more.
Instagram: @alphawavesmusicschool @lefaymusic
Other: I have shared two profiles for my linkedin and instagram. For my music school, my artist instagram and my personal digital marketing linkein profile.
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