22 Dec Artist Spotlight: Connor Zwetsch
On Sunday, December 27th, 2015, Connor Zwetsch will be performing for the three year anniversary of the Coexist through Music Series at Ruby’s Elixir to benefit Operation Coexist.
How old were you when you started playing music and how long have you been a musician?
Freshman year of high school is when I really started playing music. I was fifteen when I was gifted my first guitar. A lot of my friends were guitarists and played in bands together. So early on, my influences to get started with music were primarily my friends along with the undeniable connection that I had to music as a listener. As far as playing style and writing goes, I have always been influenced by honest, singer/songwriter, acoustic music and a lot of pop/rock top 40 stuff. In high school I listened to a lot of Bright Eyes, Dashboard Confessional, Jason Mraz, etc. I also have a ridiculous passion for 90s pop/rock music like Matchbox Twenty, Alanis Morissette, New Radicals, etc. I like to think I draw influence from both of those styles.
How would you describe your music? What projects are you currently working on with your music?
I’d say I fit comfortably in-between acoustic singer/songwriter and pop/rock. Currently, I’m slowly starting the preparation for my next album. I’m writing and getting a collection of songs together to begin recording in 2016.
How has music changed your life?
Music has become my life and has changed my life in every way possible. It has taught me so much about myself and the world. It’s been a release for all of my emotions and an escape from all of my problems. It is now my sole source of income and it allows me to travel the world and meet so many amazing people.
Why do you believe it is important for all kids to have access to music education?
I think it’s important for all kids to have access to music education because music is a beautiful way to connect to others. It’s a way to express and understand yourself and it’s simply therapeutic. I think it would be a tragedy for humans to not have an early introduction to music during childhood.
How many Operation Coexist events have you performed in throughout the past three years? What is your favorite part about being a part of these shows?
I’ve performed in two Operation Coexist shows thus far. My favorite part of performing in these shows is definitely witnessing the amazing people that come together to be a part of them. It’s such an inspiring community full of talented local musicians and I love being a part of it.
To see more from Connor check out her website at www.connorzwetsch.com!