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

Hi Trevor, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Nostalgic, dream-like, hopeful, with a tinge of the bittersweet and mysterious. These elements are what I try to create as a modern classical composer, and that has been true since the start of my career. I never would’ve guessed it would lead to 100 million listens in 2 years.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Nostalgic, dream-like, hopeful, with a tinge of the bittersweet and mysterious. These elements are what I try to create as a modern classical composer, and that has been true since the start of my career. I never would’ve guessed it would lead to 100 million listens in 2 years.

Not many years ago, I got serious about my career in music. At the time, I was teaching piano and composition as a freelancer, releasing music when I could. I had 50 monthly listeners across streaming.

I drafted a business plan and laid out goals: modest milestones, better branding,
workspace upgrades. At the heart of the plan was an effort to bring elements of
nostalgic harmony and bittersweet melody to an audience.

I believed there was a gap in the world of modern instrumental music at the time. I heard plenty of dramatic, black-and-white classical pieces, and lots of minimalist, melody-less piano on streaming playlists. But I hadn’t heard something like the hopeful, bittersweet, colorful pieces I had been writing. Perhaps most importantly, I believed people wanted melody.

I created what came from my feelings and experiences, and tried to make it resonate with the listener. Also, I followed my business plan’s cold-calling schedule (200 a month). Over time, I picked up some video game and film clients. Eventually, I was commissioned by music libraries, which helped my exposure and writing versatility, though I always tried to stay true to my founding beliefs.

Slowly, my music began to appear on major Spotify playlists, and community
engagement headed upward. I had been happy with 50 monthly listeners when I started my career; it was crazy to see that number rise to something I never would have dreamed of. I took a gamble going all in on the emotional world of my music, and I believe it paid off.

I’m grateful for the career I’ve had so far, and hope my music has helped at least some people through tough times, made them feel a little lighter, and maybe stayed in their heads along the way.

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?
• Channel Islands National Park off of Ventura if we had the time. It’s beautiful, on and off land. My first time seeing a blue whale.

• LA Phil has tickets for the under 30 crowd as a part of its CODA concerts. You get perks, it’s casual, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall is beautiful.

• A sunny, green patio with your friends is great, like at Home in Los Feliz. There are a ton of places like that in LA, compared to my hometown or my time in Boston. Little Dom’s is good, and back in Culver City, my allegiance is to Cafe Vida and its perfect carrot cake.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The family! My parents and siblings, for keeping life interesting and encouraging me to pursue music. Honest feedback and pragmatic advice from family (and friends) have kept me on a good path.

Website: www.trevorkowalski.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trevor.kowalski/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trevorkowalski/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trevorkowalskimusic

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TrevorKowalskiMusic/featured

Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4vPiZNfnHqzN52FOn38BEv?si=NOoERpwVSJaF_paUSBEVsw Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/trevor-kowalski/793961574 Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/artists/B00HHFTVYW/trevor-kowalski?marketplaceId=ATVPDKIKX0DER&musicTerritory=US

Image Credits
Anna Azarov

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