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Meet Seth Charleston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Seth Charleston.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Seth. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My passion for music started when I got my first guitar for my 13th birthday. Playing guitar quickly became my favorite thing to do, and I would play for hours every day. Once high school rolled around, I enrolled in choir and theatre, which helped me learn how to confidently express myself on stage. Music only became even more integral to my life as time went on. It was also during this time that I began to teach myself other instruments; mainly bass guitar, ukulele, and piano. I soon became involved in every choir-related extracurricular activity that I was able to get my hands on. I started writing songs during my junior year of high school, and that’s when I started to seriously consider the prospect of pursuing music for a career. I had spent all of my life up until that point focusing on getting straight A’s so I could go to a prestigious university to study at, but this passion for music had turned that future on its head. I began producing my own music and releasing it on streaming platforms once I reached senior year.

I still wanted to go to school to study music so I applied to Berklee College of Music, which was my dream school. I got accepted, which was a dream come true, but unfortunately the steep cost of tuition was insurmountable, so I began to explore other options. That’s when the idea of moving to LA came to me. I knew I wanted to get out of Wisconsin and LA quickly became my ticket out. I spent the summer following senior year working full-time at a factory and gigging on the weekends to save up for the move. I packed up my car and started driving west with my sister the morning after my father’s wedding. Fast forward 18 months or so, and I’m gearing up to release my debut EP this summer. I’m planning on throwing an EP release show with a couple of my favorite artist friends in August but we’ll see how this pandemic plays out. Regardless of what happens, I’m beyond excited to have the opportunity to share these songs with the world.

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?
It has been anything but a smooth road. I knew pursuing this music dream would be difficult, but I had no idea how many obstacles would present themselves along the way. I moved to LA at the ripe age of 18 with absolutely zero connections and had to build a community for myself. Those first months being alone were extremely difficult, as I’m a very extroverted person. LA is also a very expensive place to live, so I began working two jobs so I could make rent and have money to use towards my music. Balancing working full-time at two different jobs with working on music has been an ongoing challenge. It’s very easy to get burnt out if you don’t take care of yourself, and I learned that the hard way. But I’ve learned so much living in LA; things I would have never learned had I stayed in my comfort zone back home.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am a singer/songwriter and producer and I primarily make music that resides in the indie/alternative rock genres. I write songs about life and the beautiful mess that it is. Most songs are written from my point of view and are based on real life experiences and/or observations of the world around me. Some of my influences include: Young the Giant, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon, Linkin Park, twenty-one pilots, and Finish Ticket. I strive to make music that both inspires listeners and feels authentic to me. I think what makes me unique as an artist is my creative process, which in turn creates my unique sound. I create full-band instrumentals and write/produce every element of my songs from the organic instrumentation (guitars, bass, drum parts) to vocals. On my debut EP, which will be out this summer, I wrote and produced the entirety of the record. I like being in control, especially when it comes to my music, so I suppose that led to this workflow that I’ve adopted.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I was a nice, happy-go-lucky kid. I was extremely curious from a young age as well and always loved learning about things. My first love was sports, and music didn’t really come into the picture for me until middle school came around. I was an avid gamer, mediocre (but passionate) athlete, and really enjoyed hanging out with my friends. I was pretty shy up until I reached high school, where my extroverted-ness began to surface. I struggled with confidence growing up, but joining choir and theatre helped me gradually find it.

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Sarah Hanson, Christian Stevenson, Emily Erdahl, Shrey Vyapari

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