What Music Means To Me

by Andrew Greig

Since I was 3 years old, music has always played a big part in my life. I remember the first albums I ever listened to, were the ones my mum and dad would put in the kitchen which included the likes of Rush’s “Roll The Bones”, Marillion’s “Holidays In Eden” and Yes’ “90125”.

I loved instruments as well, particularly drums. I used to own a kid’s drum set but when I broke one of the toms due to hitting them really hard, so once I’d practically destroyed that kid, I instead used a rugby ball of all things to play drums with. (I was only 4 or 5 at the time!!!)

It wasn’t until I was 10 before I started playing music seriously, but instead of drums, it was guitar. Being a fan of bands such as Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Green Day and Oasis, guitar seemed and still seems like a cool instrument.

I didn’t just play music but I’ve also sang as well. The first time I’d ever sung in front of people was when I was 9 years old and I’d sung Coldplay’s “Speed of Sound” at a school talent show. I also still have to this day, a strong interest in Musical Theatre and have been  a part of Centrestage Music Theatre for 10 years now. They’ve also played a big part in boosting my my confidence and shaping me into the person I am now.

I still kept music close by during my secondary school years. Performing in school concerts, whether it be singing or playing guitar or even acting as well, I was a big fan of drama and acting at school as well. As I went through secondary school, my music state became more diverse. I started to show interest in electronic music and DJing as well as getting right into heavy metal music too.

I didn’t write songs seriously until I was 17, when I’d joined my first serious band, where I’d joined as singer/rhythm guitarist. The music mainly played post rock/math rock. Even if the experience of the band was short-lived, it was still an honour to play with other aspiring musicians.

It took me a while to form a new band as it is something I’ve wanted to do since I was 4 or 5 but in that time I’ve got better not just at my playing ability but at I managed to get into BA Commercial Music course at the University of the West of Scotland in Ayr where I’ve met a lot of like-minded people to myself that are just as passionate about music as I am and have had the pleasure to write songs/music and take part in music-related activities with them. It really when I started uni, I started to become a more consistent songwriter.

To conclude, right now I’ve formed a new rock band where I contribute bass guitar and lead vocals but also I produce/compose using Logic Pro X and GarageBand. I’m also looking to write songs for other aspiring musicians/artists. If music hadn’t played such a big part in my life, I don’t know what I’d be doing right now. It’s played that large a role in my life.

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