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Meet Christine Meisenhelter of Mistine in Highland Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christine Meisenhelter.

Christine, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It all started when I was in third grade, watching Piglet’s Big Movie. At the end of the movie, I remember watching a music video where Carly Simon is singing and playing guitar with a bunch of animals in a beautiful field and thinking, “That’s what I want to do!”… and that’s exactly what I did. (well maybe not exactly … yet)

My mom signed me up for guitar lessons and bought me my first butterfly, Daisy Rock guitar. I soon fell in love with rock legends such as Aerosmith, Heart, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and The Who. I always sang in school choir, but at the age of nine, I joined my first rock band called, PG-13. After playing in a few bands, I moved on to become a part of the Rockit Live Foundation, where I fell in love with music and realized that I could pursue it as a profession. I performed with Rockit! Throughout high school, went on to mentor younger students, and recently became a member of the Rockit Live Foundation Artist Advisory Board.

Acceptance at the University of Southern California brought me from a small town in New Jersey out to Los Angeles. I recently graduated from USC Thornton’s Popular Music Performance Program with a minor in Music Recording. Throughout my college years, I performed around Los Angeles with many local artists, friends, and my pop-rock girl band, MOTHER. This past year, I have been performing for Republic recording artist, Conan Gray. I am so grateful for this experience that has brought me on Conan’s sold out North American/Canada headline tour, performing on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and opening for Panic at the Disco’s arena tour.

Aside from pursuing my career as a side musician, I am also actively pursuing my own artist career under the name, Mistine. I released two singles in the Spring of 2018 called Miss. Used and Silence. I am very excited to release a new EP this summer and continue writing new material!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
“So, you sing?”

The consistent question that haunts me every time I hear it.

Well, the answer is, “Yes… but that’s not all I can do!” I mainly play bass and guitar. I am also an audio engineer, musical director, and songwriter.

I am constantly frustrated that many acquaintances automatically assume that I am a singer because I am a female. People don’t expect girls to play bass and like rock music.

I have struggled with men assuming that they can play the guitar part or hold down the bass better than I can.. But hey, I can shred a guitar solo, slap a funky bass line, and sing. My talent shouldn’t be questioned when I meet someone just because of my sexuality. I shouldn’t have to prove myself every time.

You never walk into a bar and tell your friend, “hey, look at that boy drummer!” NO… you automatically assume that the musicians are male, but when it’s a female, many feel the need to specify their sexuality. It shouldn’t be a surprise that a girl can shred.

Please tell us about Mistine.
I am Mistine – a Los Angeles based bassist, vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. Currently I am planning the release of my latest EP and am working on writing new material to record this summer. Aside from being my own artist, this past year I toured with Republic recording artist Conan Gray as a bassist/guitarist/backing vocalist. I also recently graduated from USC’s Thornton School of Music and cannot wait to see what the future holds.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over… I would do it just the same.

I grew up with a very supportive family who came to every single show, pushed me to dream bigger, and picked me up when things didn’t go as planned. Every “mistake” only made my career that much more exciting. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. Bring it on.

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Glen DiCrocco, Sam Hardy, Marina del Mar, Rick Schmunk

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