Welcome to the second installment 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.
Next up we have singer/songwriter, Nate Doucette:
Q.1 - Who are you and what do you play?
My name is Nate Doucette from Southend. I’m 16 years old and I play guitar and am a vocalist. I also write my own original songs.
Q.2 - What’s your favourite thing about music?
I enjoy song writing and learning with other people. I also like to get involved with the local music scene, playing at local festivals and hosting young musicians' open mics.
Q.3 - What musical experience did you have before coming to 'All In Music'?
I took part a Songwriting LAB last April with SoSlam and METAL. I played at Leigh Folk Festival last year as well as playing my own songs and other covers at local venue, Chinnerys. I have recently taken part in theatre productions with Essex Vocal Coaching as well as songwriting lessons and showcases with them. I have also played at many local open mic nights.
Q.4 - What have you enjoyed or learned so far during your music sessions at All-in-Music?
I enjoy meeting more musicians who have a similar outlook on music. Since being involved with All In Music at Southend YMCA I am now a singer and guitarist in a new band here.
Q.5 - What genres and types of music do you like/listen to?
Pop/rock, indie and folk music.
Q.6 - Who are your musical inspirations?
I'm currently listening to a lot of musical theatre, which is impacting my songwriting. But Rob Thomas, the lead singer from Matchbox Twenty's, songwriting has always inspired me.
Q.7 - Apart from our music sessions, what else have you been a part of with the Southend YMCA?
Playing at several events as a representative, such as the Youth Awards in November 2018, a Christmas charity concert and I recently took part in Southend Makes Music 2019 at the Palace Theatre, an annual showcase for young musicians in various schools and projects.
Q.8 - What has been your biggest achievement so far with 'All In Music'?
Playing the live events with a full band, interpreting songs in different ways and playing different instruments.
Q.9 - How has being a part of 'All In Music' changed you personally?
I have met new friends through it and it has also inspired me with my own music and performance skills.
Q.10 - What’s next for you?
I am currently recording a solo album, which I will be releasing soon and I look forward to performing it live. It will be released on all major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, as well as my Bandcamp page – nathanieldoucette.bandcamp.com. I am also part of another new band with my mates, called 'Cluedo'.
TO APPLY OR MAKE A REFERRAL FOR A YOUNG PERSON, VISIT: WWW.SOUTHENDYMCA.ORG.UK/MUSIC FOR MORE INFORMATION.