Welcome back to our much loved blog feature, '10 Questions With...', where we ask our 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.
Right now we have 14 year old multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter Elicia Armstrong.
Q.1 - Who are you and what do you play?
Hi, my name is Elicia Armstrong, I come from Southend and I am 14 years old. I play many instruments such as guitar, drums, piano, singing, bass guitar and ukulele.
Q.2 - What do you enjoy the most when playing music?
I enjoy the freedom music allows you to feel when you get lost in it. My favourite thing about music is how expressive it is, you can make it however you like and you get to hear others expression through music.
Q.3 - What musical experiences did you have before coming to Southend YMCA’s All In Music?
I didn't have many experiences before YMCA other than performing at an open mic night in Peggy Sue’s and sometimes jamming with my musical like-minded friends.
Q.4 - What have you enjoyed/learned so far during your music sessions at All-in-Music?
I have enjoyed everything so far. I've learnt how to play chords more fluently and learnt timings of songs to help me perform them. I've learnt a few songs with bar chords and I've enjoyed my time with Davey.
Q.5 - What genres and types of music do you like/listen to?
Everything. I listen to all kinds of music ranging from indie rock to R&B. I could list some but you'd get bored of reading it, haha!
Q.6 - Who are your musical inspirations?
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alicia Keys, Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Jorja Smith, Daft Punk, Kings of Leon, Annie Lennox, Beyonce, Paramore, Hot Chip and Kungs are a few of my musical inspirations but I listen to everything so it comes from everywhere!
Q.7 - Apart from the music sessions, what else have you being a part of with Southend YMCA?
I've only just started participating at YMCA but I will be doing a SoSlam music songwriter lab in April hopefully.
Q.8 - What has been your biggest achievement so far at All-in-Music?
Learning songs and getting theory knowledge!
Q.9 - How has coming to All-in-Music changed you personally?
Yes, it's made me feel more proud of me and my music as well as making me feel a part of something.
Q.10 - What’s next for you?
Anything that comes my way! I want to gig around, meet like-minded people and collaborate with them. Write and produce more of my songs and learn more covers! Just anything I can get is appreciated! :)
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