Welcome to the first of our new blog feature, '10 Questions With...', where we'll be asking young people who have recently taken part in All In Music sessions and projects to provide an insight into their success story: a bit about them, what they got out of our project and what they'll be going on to do in the future. First up we have young drummer, Aimee Peachment.
Q.1 - Who are you and what do you play?
I’m Aimee Peachment from Southend-On-Sea. I’m 16 years old and I play the drums.
Q.2 - What’s your favourite thing about music?
It allows me to be free and express myself musically. Whenever I play drums it instantly lifts my mood.
Q.3 - What musical experience did you have before coming to 'All In Music'?
Not much, apart from playing piano in school lessons and the occasional guitar lessons.
Q.4 - What have you enjoyed or learned so far during your music sessions at All-in-Music?
I’ve grown as a drummer and developed my skills, along with meeting new people and playing with them in a band.
Q.5 - What genres and types of music do you like/listen to?
Anything from Rap to Rock! I love The 1975, The Wombats, Brockhampton and loads more.
Q.6 - Who are your musical inspirations?
Kanye West. He still creates music even after the press and others tried to cause him problems. What an absolute legend.
Q.7 - Apart from our music sessions, what else have you been a part of with the Southend YMCA?
I’ve been a part of Team YP also, which is a social group that is put together to help young people meet others.
Q.8 - What has been your biggest achievement so far with 'All In Music'?
Receiving an award for Arts & Culture at The Youth Awards in 2018.
Q.9 - How has being a part of 'All In Music' changed you personally?
When I first started here, I was having trouble with my identity and my mental health was really bad. But coming here for two hours a week really made me feel better. Also, the staff here are really welcoming and were always here whenever I needed them.
Q.10 - What’s next for you?
I hope to go to Sixth Form to study A-Level Chemistry, Biology, Photography and Music. I’ll then go to University and study either Marine Biology or Zoology. I’d still like to continue with music as a side hobby to further develop my skills in drumming and other instruments such as bass, piano, guitar and ukulele.
TO APPLY OR MAKE A REFERRAL FOR A YOUNG PERSON, VISIT: WWW.SOUTHENDYMCA.ORG.UK/MUSIC FOR MORE INFORMATION.