Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Connor Zwetsch: Living Through Experience

While joining chorus in the 8th grade all started as a joke, Connor Zwetsch had no idea that she would soon grow to love the world of music.  Today, Connor not only dreams of making it big in the industry but she brings with her a unique, compelling style.  “I just try to be honest, genuine, friendly, open and just love what I do,” she says.

Connor’s music has been everywhere with her, and she even had the opportunity to audition for NBC’s “The Voice”, seasons two and three.  “Season two I didn’t get a chance to get on the stage…the teams filled up before I got the opportunity to sing for the coaches.  They brought me back for season three and I was one of the first artists to audition.”  However, Connor was not lucky enough to have a chair turn for her and once again she was back to the drawing board, “Having no chairs turn for me definitely bruised by confidence but in hindsight it was for the best.  My audition was pitchy and didn’t represent me well.  I definitely wasn’t ready for a chair to turn.” 

After some practice and confidence building, Connor is back at it stronger than ever.  Her unique style separates her from the rest of the pack and gives her something that people can look forward to.  “Most of the music I put into my ears was made in the 90s.  I love that era.  I am also in love with acoustic singer/songwriters on a more independent level,” she says. “I think a mixture of both of those find their way into my music, then add just a little bit of overly sensitive Connor Zwetsch and bam! My style.”

Connor’s journey has been a long one, and she has learned a lot along the way.  While she has had countless part time jobs and different activities filling her life she is proud to say that today, most of her days revolve around music; and when she isn’t doing music she is spending time with her awesome friends.  Years of involvement have given Connor a lot of knowledge but she says that every day she is learning something new.  “…Hard work and persistence are two very important things…rejection is nothing but a blessing in disguise…my vocal cords are sensitive little things I need to treat with care…love yourself more than you love anybody or anything else,” these are all little pieces of knowledge that Connor has learned along the way. 

While she dreams of one day having her song played on the radio, and having people sing along with her to her songs at live shows, she really just wants her music to be enjoyed by those who hear it.  Connor’s biggest inspiration, her mother, has supported her through every step of her journey and continues to do so today, “she sits at 90 percent of my four-hour gigs and listens to me play the same songs over and over again.”  Now, Connor continues to work hard on her music and embrace every moment she has doing what she loves.  Be sure to check out her music by subscribing to her YouTube channel and following her on your social networks!

Connect with Connor:
Facebook ConnorZwetsch
Twitter @ConnorZwetsch
Instagram @ConnorZwetsch

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Amanda Luv "La Hawaiiana": Her Music, Her Life

Coming from a family that was always surrounded by music, Amanda Luv, “La Hawaiiana” was bound to land somewhere in the music industry.  Amanda’s father, who was in the military, strongly influenced the way that Amanda views the music industry today and was even the one who discovered her placid voice at the tender age of five.  “He started noticing the talent that I had,” she explains “I come from a very musical family.”

With half Hawaiian and half Pilipino roots, Amanda points out that her music style is not only unique but it is also versatile and she is ready to throw herself into any genre that she sees fit.  “I fell into reggaeton,” she describes, “…[but] I sing everything…hip hop, R&B, country, Pilipino, I sing everything… If I like the beat I’m going to make a song to it.”  At the time, Amanda’s current focus is her single, “Acercate,” which has a catchy beat that will get anyone moving.  “It’s a really fun club song, “ she says and plans on working on more fun but relatable music in the future.

In fact, Amanda believes real life stories are just what the music industry needs right now. “Everybody sings about the clubs and the girls and things like that.  We need to start singing about what is true and what’s happening in the world…what we go through on a daily basis.  Not only love but our everyday experiences,” says Amanda and this is exactly what she plans to bring to the industry as she continues to grow as an artist. 

It is not all about music in Amanda’s daily life though, moreover, her inspiration stems from four very special people…her children. While being a mother of four is a full time job on its own, it is even harder to be a mother and pursue this musical dream of hers.  Amanda keeps a positive mind though, saying, “Honestly, I push myself for my kids, it’s not easy but you have to do what you have to do and you have to strive.”

Amanda’s message to the world is simple, “Be yourself,” she says, “I want everybody to know that you can do whatever you want to do.  Don’t limit yourself to anything.”  Amanda lives this philosophy every day by taking things one step at a time with an open mind and pure passion for what she does.  Throughout the coming weeks and months, Amanda will be doing shows in Tampa, New York, and Miami along with a few local shows, she is ready to hit the stage and show everyone the passion and love she has for her music. 

Be sure to download Amanda’s single “Acercate” on iTunes now:    
Connect with Amanda Luv:
Twitter: @La_Hawaiiana
Facebook: La Hawaiiana Music
Instagram: @La_Hawaiiana
YouTube: LaHawaiianaMusic