We had the good fortune of connecting with Staring Contest and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Staring Contest, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
I think one thing about the music industry, especially the EDM scene, that people are probably unaware of is that it’s not just one big party. This industry is hard work, from the creative, branding, networking, and practice side of things. It is an ever-changing scene that has so many new songs at any given moment that it takes a lot of time to learn new ways to incorporate sounds and trends into your style of performance as well as the music you create.

Although the music industry itself hasn’t changed much, the thing about music is that you have to be willing to suffer with the understanding that you might not make it. You have to be ready to hear the word “no” ten thousand times before you finally get a yes. That can be a scary and overwhelming thing for some people. The party aspect sounds so enticing and fun, but the willingness to push through the working aspect of music is the true key that unlocks the party!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Although I’m still on this journey up, I think what separates me is my individual twist on how I approach EDM. I don’t necessarily come from a structured musical background but I have an ear for things that sound fun and unique! This is helping me grow professionally with giving me bigger and better opportunities to play venues such as Academy and Exchange for massive groups like Insomniac. Performing at that level is not easy at all but it is so much fun! I’ll never forget the first time I walked up to a stage with 1,500 people looking at me while shaking but then once I started my performance… everything changed. It sounds silly, or cliche but it just all made sense and I fell in love with music all over again in a new way.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Thankfully my best friends have been here to visit from the east coast so I have some awesome spots that I introduced them to! I love showing people Grand Central Market in DTLA because of all the amazing food they have. I also love Death & Co in Arts District, their cocktails and food are out of this world! Not to mention we would have to hit up all of the clubs and see some of our favorite artist perform.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Where do I even start… I am so thankful for everyone in my life who has taken the time and effort to push me along my musical journey. First and foremost, my closest friends in Washington DC who got me into the EDM scene and helped me start my last project that propelled this opportunity into what it is becoming today. Second I need to thank my family for the hard work-drive inside of me that it took so long to learn, without them supporting my shows and teaching me to be happy and chase my dreams, I’d probably never be able to see that. I also need to give a shoutout to my mentors THE HOTEL LOBBY who have given me the right networking opportunities to meet the people who are giving me the opportunities to play the bigger venues and take my brand to a larger platform that allows me to build even more.

I want to give some special recognition to my beautiful mother, Christine, who passed away last year due to Covid. She had the chance to come to her first show of mine at Soundcheck in Washington DC where she really got a chance to see how passionate I am about performing. I want to put it all on the line for this dream in honor of her.

Website: www.staringcontestmusic.com

Instagram: @imstaringcontest

Twitter: @staringcontestt

Facebook: www.facebook.com/imstaringcontest

Image Credits
Dutches Richards Jonathan Nunez Drawing With Light Media

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