Grade 12 student Christoph M., tries his best to balance both the Diploma Programme and a music career. Christoph shares his story about the complexities of why he began creating music; who is keeping him inspired; his thoughts on the music industry; and his plans in the near future; with or without his musical persona.

In Christoph’s own words:

“[What had initially sparked my interest in music] was learning guitar in, um, kindergarten, and then learning about GarageBand in 7th grade, in music class. I think making music is easy for me because I’ve done this for maybe five years now so it just comes to me naturally-its like a natural process. Obviously orchestra music, like Mozart, probably is more difficult, but my main inspiration really is just, like, DJ Gummy Bear. And then I just make it more energetic. There’s another DJ called Southstar, he makes similar stuff. That’s what I do, it’s my inspiration. 

My biggest support? My mom, I mean, I know she’s kind of biased because it’s her own son, but she would always hear something I make and then always tell me to post it. And, I mean other than that I think it’s just also for me cause I want to see if I could actually achieve something within music and I don’t wanna look back and say “Ugh, I never tried” cause the chances of making it are very low, so I don’t expect to make it but I wanna look back and at least say I tried. Maybe I will get something out of it as a hobby. As something else [i’m considering is], Mechanical engineering or music producer? But that’s in music. For now it’s just engineering and music.

Today, [the industry] is mainly about connections rather than your talent or creativity. If I were to make it I wouldn’t want my music to be mainstream by any means, I wouldn’t wanna make it to the radio since I think that requires no creativity, I think nowadays you have your producer, mixed composition, your lyricist, and then the artist itself is just a public image. Whereas, if I were to achieve it with my music, which I actually make myself, my composition, the mixing, the lyrics, I think that’s what I want my music to stand for, that you can do this yourself, you don’t need a whole label to promote your music or make music. I think that shows nothing of who you are, it’s just mainstream, you know; it doesn’t showcase yourself in the music you make. If it’s by a label, it’s not you, it’s just your producer, and your managers rather than your own emotions, if that makes any sense. 

I think also a lot of music [depends on] the fanbase. Nowadays it’s led into parasocial relationships, whereas of course the fanbase gets what they want, they connect to the image of the artist; however, the artist doesn’t even know that the fanbase appreciates them, or their music or anything like that. I think what my music is trying to demonstrate is that it is my own. My own emotion, it is my own making, my own creativity, and therefore I know what my fans are experiencing and feeling since I made the music myself and everything like that. And i’m circling back to the stuff I said last time, you know the mainstream stuff, um, the reason also I don’t want my music to be mainstream is also cause as soon as it is mainstream I think the whole, every single artist becomes the same genre, if it were to go mainstream and I think that that makes it very homogenic and it doesn’t stand out anymore, labels are just, you know, copy and pasting and everything which makes my music not personal anymore, since everyones listening to the same thing and every artist is doing the same thing.”