Here's my interview with Decan Usmic
I have always loved listening to music from a very young age and my parents were always playing music at home or in the car. Not many people know this but I was diagnosed with Autism when I was 2 years old and this affected my ability to communicate. I was not able to talk until I was 5 years old but I could memorise and sing every word of a song. so I was singing before I was talking. Music has always been my life and helps me cope with every emotion. I was first introduced to producing music 3 years ago through a charity based at my school called Nordiff Robbins who specialise in music therapy. They arranged for a well known Scottish Singer/Songwriter called Horse Macdonald and her producer to come into school and teach us production techniques. The song we recorded together is called Dark Colours and it is the only song I have ever been part of that I sing. I have been producing my own music since that collaboration now in my final year at school and heading to college later this year to learn more about sound production.
My family are a big inspiration to me because they have supported and encouraged me in every aspect of my life. I have struggled so much with finding my way through life and struggling with low self esteem among other things, but knowing I am loved unconditionally has given me strength to do better.
I have many musical influences. The band Keane, which not many people know of was the first band I listened to non stop. As I grew older I began to listen to so many different genres. There are too many artists to mention but The Beatles, Pink Floyd, ELO, Pink, Melanie Martinez, Alan Walker, San Holo, Madeon and the amazing Porter Robinson have been my biggest influences to date.
The advice I would give is to follow your dreams. Times will get tough but everyday is a new day and each new day brings hope. My parents were told by my first school that I was unteachable but through not giving up and following my dreams I have proved them wrong. A song I listen to everyday is Mirror by Porter Robinson. Here is a verse from the song that I find uplifting and gives me inner strength. I hope this helps you in some way too.
Sometimes, the inner voice is encouragingCalling for you to run those final few yards
You're nearly there
Keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going
It will all be OK in the end
At this present time I do not set myself apart from other bands or singers as I am at the beginning of my journey and have so much still to learn. I have made so many musician friends via social media and the one thing I have learned is we are all in this together and only wish the best for each other.
I have never held or been part of a gig.... but this would be a dream come true. I would love one day to be a DJ and play music that makes people happy and come together.
Watch this space who knows what the future holds. I want to thank you Dizzy Storms for inviting me to do my first ever interview/blog.
This is a dream come true and I will be forever grateful.
Special thanks to you too sir & lots of luck & to you all out there I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!