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Meet Genevieve Birchman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Genevieve Birchman.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I come from a creative household- my mom, a musician, showed me the importance of practicing from a young age (I still remember her doing vocal warm-ups to cassette tapes!), and my dad, an author, has always been crafting stories and characters. My main instrument is piano, but growing up I learned guitar, trumpet, and voice. Each instrument allows me to explore different genres (classical, pop, and jazz), and I believe it has made me a better composer and music teacher.

I received my B.A. in music composition from Occidental College and studied abroad at the University of York in England. While studying at Occidental, I was able to dip further into new genres, including electronic and contemporary classical music. At the same time, I was in a rock/pop band co-writing and performing. I began releasing music as a solo artist and performing regularly at open mic/singer-songwriter venues after graduation.

Over the years, I have continued to have one foot in classical music- teaching and continuing my own studies in classical piano performance. I released a self-titled solo EP with Robert Eibach, Grammy-winning producer, and I am currently working on recording my next EP.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Well, there will always be struggles! I remember the first time I ever performed a song I had written onstage. While performing, the mic started falling down. (Luckily my song lyrics were – “and I’m falling” so I was able to play it off! Every performer knows those nights where people are more into their drinks or the person sitting next to them than the music. But on a deeper note- I am very detail oriented – which is a good and bad thing.

When I first graduated, I recorded an entire album’s worth of material that I never released because I wasn’t satisfied with my vocals or my writing yet. I have learned to understand my perfectionist inclinations, and over the years I have gotten better at having enough self-doubt to be making improvements, but also enough confidence to move forward with putting material out there for the public.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
The songs that I love are songs that are specific and closely define characters and settings. Every song I perform takes me back to a certain place in my life – the people, the events, and (for good and for bad) the person I was trying to be at the time.

What were you like growing up?
I feel very blessed to have grown up in a creative household. I spent a lot of my summers painting and drawing- so I got used to working on projects on my own. I always kept a journal from a young age, so it seemed very natural to start putting words to music.

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Eric Fermin Perez, @thelacornerdotcom, Ciro Hurtado

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