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Rising Stars: Meet Stewart Mitchell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stewart Mitchell. 

Hi Stewart, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
It all began when I started to self-teach myself piano when I was 4 years old. The song I was trying to learn was a piece my sibling was playing at the time. When my parents caught on, they put me into piano lessons. That event set my lifelong pursuit of music into motion. 

I grew up seeking out all of the musical opportunities I could get into in the small town of Easton Maryland. I took up guitar, drums, bass, and singing before I was out of high school. I was trying to keep up with ever-increasing love and passion for music but was quickly running out of new information and musical outlets to try. Right as I was reaching that realization, it was time for me to start thinking about college. The first (and only) school I wanted to attend was the Berklee College of Music. Primarily for its reputation as being one of the best contemporary music colleges. I auditioned, accepted, and before I knew it, I was attending my first semester at the college of my dreams. 

The next four years were demanding, informative, and really game-changing for me. I found a deep love for music production, arrangement and developed my musical voice. I am incredibly grateful that I got to learn from some amazing teachers and collaborate with my incredible peers during my time at Berklee. Towards the end of my time at school, I got to produce and record music for some of my friends. This really ignited a passion for music production that has only intensified since. 

Following my graduation, I took a break to figure out where and what I wanted to pursue long term. I decided that I wanted to move to Los Angeles after visiting over a holiday break. I fell in love with the city and the people that inhabited it. Unfortunately, the pandemic began and threw the world into the strange, scary, and difficult times we are still living in. I was fortunate enough to still be able to make a cross-country move and was living in L.A. in August 2020. However, my life in a new city would be interrupted shortly after my move. 

On December 19th, 2020 I got a phone call from my sibling saying that my mother (who had been struggling with illness all year) had reached the point of no return and that she would be entering hospice care in a matter of days. I found the first flight I could find and flew back home to spend as much time as possible with my mother before she passed. It was horrible, it was deeply moving, and it changed me forever. Following that experience, I sought an outlet to help me process. I poured my thoughts, feelings, and experiences into my music and created my first Album of original music called “Secondhand “Sunlight”. It is an album that encapsulates the experience of losing someone who I held very dear to me. 

I hope that the music I create for myself or for others can connect with them in some way, be it surface level or something much deeper. That has and will always be my goal in creating music. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I have had a lot of struggles with self-doubt and feeling ill-prepared to create music. Overcoming those obstacles is an ongoing process as it is for many artists working today. I think many people in the world fight the feelings of imposter syndrome, pressure to succeed, and staying positive. I find myself fighting those same problems day-to-day. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a music producer, songwriter, and overall audio expert. I love being a part of creating music and seeing it through to completion. From the songwriting, recording, mixing, and mastering, I love it all! 

I am not sure I am known for anything yet. If anything, my work with Jenni Rudolph on “Reignite” may be the most notable thing I have worked on so far. Some of those songs were picked up my the TV Series “The Young and the Restless”. 

The work I am most proud of would be my original music off my first album “Secondhand Sunlight”. I feel as though it is a fairly representative cross-section of the music I love to write and produce. 

I feel like what sets me apart from other producers and artists is my ability to write and produce a lot of different genres. I have always been a fan of many different styles of music and I love being able to pull inspiration from different kinds of music. 

What matters most to you?
I think understanding one another and trying to move forward in a positive accepting direction is extremely important to me. A lot of topics that inspire me to create music are experiences that I have or had that have left a mark on me. I think sharing our experiences is what can bring us all a step closer to truly understanding each other and ending the hate that runs so deep in our world today. 

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