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Northwest Students create their own music outside of school

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Northwest Students create their own music outside of school

Above is the cover for Eve Golecruz (left) and Emma Montgomery's (right) album.They are two of the students who create their own music off of Northwest's campus.

Above is the cover for Eve Golecruz (left) and Emma Montgomery's (right) album.They are two of the students who create their own music off of Northwest's campus.

Above is the cover for Eve Golecruz (left) and Emma Montgomery's (right) album.They are two of the students who create their own music off of Northwest's campus.

Above is the cover for Eve Golecruz (left) and Emma Montgomery's (right) album.They are two of the students who create their own music off of Northwest's campus.

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Many students at Northwest have taken or will take an elective related to cultural arts during their years in high school. Band, Orchestra and Chorus are the more musical-related classes that Northwest offers. However, there are certain individuals who make their own music unrelated to school classes.

Eve Golecruz and Emma Montgomery (both seniors) have performed at an Open Mic night before, and have even gone as far as making an album cover. They are very good friends who are both interested in music, which is where the idea to make a band came from.

“We were just harmonizing in [Emma’s] car on her birthday, and just thought ‘Wow, it would be cool if we started a band.'” Golecruz said. They even came up with a name for their group, “Rockapella.”

Emma and Eve communicate with each when they want to work on creating new music.

“For practicing, I just pick up a guitar whenever. I really enjoy it, and not playing for a while makes me miss it.” Montgomery said.

They both have different things that they like the best about making music.

“[My favorite part is] coming up with new euphonious sounds.” Montgomery said. “I normally make those by luck though, I can’t just come up with them.”

“One of my favorite parts was coming up with our album cover for our most recent songs.” Golecruz said. “We went to someone’s pool and just took a lot of pictures until we captured one that we liked.”

Xander Ordonez is a junior who takes a different approach to creating his music. He publishes his music on Soundcloud, an app that let’s anyone who wants to put their music in the social sphere the chance to do so.

“Looking back, my parents used to always tell me that I would grow up to be a musician.” Ordonez said. “Honestly, I didn’t pay much attention them.”

In 8th grade, Ordonez taught himself how to play guitar and actually started to sing.

“I realized that I loved doing it.” Ordonez said. “Making music made me feel like I was good at something.”

His freshman year, he found a free computer program that let him create new rhythms an started writing music.

Ordonez wants to use his platform to speak up for people who don’t or can’t stand up for themselves. He believes that with everything going on in our country, it doesn’t feel right to not speak what’s on his mind.

“[My favorite part is] the freedom. I used to be really shy and get anxious over the smallest things.” Ordonez said. “When I write music, I feel like I can say anything. I make music because it’s what I love but I also feel like I have a responsibility to talk about things that I have a problem with.”

Golecruz, Montgomery, and Ordonez all have one thing in common; they enjoy making music. Music is something that connects people and let’s them forms relationships over common interests. It’s also a large part in the lives of many millennials.

“Music is 100 percent what  I want to do with my life. Ordonez said. “I’ve changed my mind a lot, but ever since I learned how to play guitar, I knew it was what I wanted to do. Music is helping me overcome my fears and figure out who I am.”

 

 

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