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—THIS WEBSITE IS A CATALOGUE OF SORTS— 

I needed to create a space for my work. I needed to create a vault of my art, my writings, and my music. Over the coming years I plan on adding to this website constantly. Whether it's art projects, songs I've written, photo diaries of my travels, or anything else I pursue, this website will be a starting point for the rest of my life and it will be a method of documenting my experiences. 

I certainly don't expect a website to encapsulate who I am as a person, as no lines of code could summarize 20 years of life, but I do hope that it will begin to paint a picture of who I am and what I'm passionate about. It’s a resume, it’s a CV, it’s a portfolio—it’s a glimpse into where I’ve been and where I’m headed.

It’s nice to meet you.

 
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HUMAN CREATIVITY IS THE MOST VALUABLE RESOURCE WE HAVE—I WANT TO UNLOCK THE POWER OF ITS POTENTIAL.

What energizes me is the idea of creating something that no one has ever seen, heard, or felt before. It’s difficult to express how empowering it is when you no longer see a discrepancy between the songs that you’ve heard on the radio your whole life and the songs that you feel technically capable of creating. When you’ve devoted yourself to music for long enough, your ears begin to learn. You start to surprise yourself. You begin to pick out specific frequencies. You begin to hear new things in the final mix of a song you’ve listened to thousands of times before. It feels like opening your eyes for the first moment, although this time, you can see beyond just your vision.

At a certain point, you no longer see your favorite songs sitting up on a pedestal, you just see them as an encapsulated moment, created by your favorite artist, but not perfect by any means. Instead of music being about “them” versus “you”, music becomes about “us”.

I don’t know what the future holds. I still have a little less than three more years until graduation, and I’m sure that many of the opportunities that will open up, are many of the ones which I can’t even fathom right now. Post-graduation, I’m thinking about everything from Oxford graduate programs in psychology to perhaps moving to California to maybe even starting a company.

All I know for now is that I’m going to continue to make songs, focus on my relationships with the people around me, and create art that helps me make sense of the world just a little bit more.

Imagine a world where guns and violence are replaced by art. Imagine a world where songs are traded instead of bullets. That’s the world I want to create. Thank you for being part of it.

 

Things That Keep Me Up At Night

Other Cultures

Sometimes I wonder how my life would be different if I were born anywhere else on the planet. I think it’s incredible how diverse human life is. From remote villages in Oceania to skyscrapers in Manhattan, everyone has their own version of “normal,” and your version is just as foreign to someone else as theirs is to you.

Global Complexity 

I often think about and try to have a conscious appreciation for the scale of the world and the infinite number of experiences and interactions that occur at any given time. At this very moment, life is beginning for someone, while ending for another. Right now, someone is falling in love, while someone else is getting their heart broken. When you’re driving on the highway do you ever wonder where each car is going? When you’re sitting on a plane, do you ever think about where everyone else is heading and how your common destination means something completely different to everyone on board? I do. All the time. It’s impossible to truly comprehend how big the world truly is. I find that comforting and discomforting at the same time.

Shared Moments

When you’re at a concert or sitting in a coffeeshop, that particular moment is something that you have in common with everyone else in that room. You all have different experiences and backgrounds and completely different lives, but for that time, regardless of how long that moment may be, you share that small sliver of time with them. Everybody in that concert hall has a different connection to that artist and those songs; everybody in that coffeeshop has a different reason for being there and an incredibly complex string of events that led them to that precise moment. I think that’s pretty cool.