We had the good fortune of connecting with Skye Butterfield and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Skye, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“Go not where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson Coming from a classical background where the path to career is very clear cut and mapped out, I constantly found myself veering from those normalities. I followed my role in the classical world as much as I could but every time I looked at my past and my path it never resembled those of my colleagues. When studying music in a collegiate setting there are few career avenues that you are exposed to so when I exited school and entered the working world of music those avenues were far from obtainable; leaving me confused about my place in the industry. When I was 19 I got that quote tattooed on my side, I wanted a constant reminder that only I can forge my path but somehow during my studies, I lost sight of that. Sine moving to LA my eyes have been opened to the immense opportunities there are in the industry. I have been able to quilt together a music career that aligns with my ideals. I will continue to create my way and leave my trail for the guidance of others, just remember there are billions of trails to follow but only your’s follows you and changing course is never a bad thing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My journey to where I currently am has been an adventure of balancing priorities. Coming out of school like many, I left with a heap of student debt. It was years of balancing the financial burden and my career goals. I struggled with feelings about the music industry and the misunderstanding of a musician’s worth. It took me years to get to the point where my worth was my worth and the jobs needed to afford me rather than me affording them. I was stretching myself so thin with jobs that didn’t pay that there was no time left for my own creation. When I made to decision to leave the orchestral scene I was worried I would never forge my way in the industry without my oboe, however leaving the traditionally classical scene was the smartest decision I made for myself. It provided me the opportunity to stitch together a career using all my skills and education. The greatest lesson I have learned through the struggle is being a musician is being an entrepreneur and the only success you’ll find is that in which you make yourself.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
That’s easy, considering my best friend just moved away from LA, I can tell you what our weeks used to look like. Laying on the beach and swimming in Santa Monica, morning coffee at Demitasse, cooking some delicious vegan food, dancing our butts off at The Birdcage, and lounging watching movies with popcorn and cookies. It doesn’t take much to impress us when we are together.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my oboe teacher and mentor, Michael Adduci. Also shoutout to my partner in life and music, Edi Roque.
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