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The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Inspiration: Food

 

Passion: Melody

 

Strength: Love

 

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

I’m a musician making do with what I’ve got.

Why do you do what you do?

It’s the easiest way to feel; It’s my sustenance. Now I need it to live.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

I used to be an actor, and when I was ejected from a rather prestigious Drama program, I realized I had been acting in order to avoid being and accepting myself. I had been a drummer and had a little experience playing guitar in a hobby band in middle school and another in high school. Until I was released from the theater program though I never thought of music as a career. The more I played live though, the more I felt cut off from the audience and other members stuck at the back of the stage behind the drums, so when we found ourselves in need of a singer, I was happy to exchange drums for the guitar, and I figured that I’d just put up with the singing until we found someone else. Of course we could barely find a replacement drummer, so I was stuck with the position. Not long after, we started making money playing shows around town and the position I never wanted to have, in the career I never considered pursuing made me more confident to be myself and realize my own ideas, so the transition was strange yet passed rather unnoticed, and I’ve never looked back.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

When I started music, I had a preconceived notion of what it was to be a performing musician and the responsibilities it entailed. To some degree I had very much fallen in love with the image of Rock and Roll just as much as the art. The realization that the music industry in the new millennium was not the same industry I had fallen in love with, and coming to terms with the new entrepreneurial business aspects was something I fought very hard against. I worked at a promotion company in London running Artist Liaisons and live event artist coordination’s under a man named Nick Reid who truly demonstrated the business mentality I need to adopt in order to be a successful negotiator and target market analyst.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

My parents instilled a strong work ethic in me by a very young age and taught me that anything was possible if I was determined and worked hard at it, which prompted me to start work when I was still little. By the time I switched to music, I had already been working in theater, cartoons, and films for 9 years and was aware of the amount of work it took to achieve any sort of stability in the arts. That drove me to really push for my dreams and goals, and it’s what allows me to believe that I can, one day, become the man I wish to be. I one day hope to inspire others, though I’m unsure if I have as of yet.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

That love of purpose is insufficient. Which is to say that unity through a common goal can’t be achieved; People must be united in order to find a common goal. Life is all about the people you surround yourself with. They lift you up, and allow you to be recognized and admired, and by lifting others up you in return are recognized and admired. Music is so wonderful for that reason- Sure, one man alone can be great, but the more people who add to the harmony, the more intricate and beautiful the melody becomes. My mistake was turning off and shutting people out, but the trick is letting the right ones in.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

After 5 Bands and 7 years on and off the road, I’m releasing my first-ever official solo project. Social media, blogs, photos, and videos, will be slowly released over the next year, I’m looking to build my production facilities, and finally I’ll be officially releasing content from the majority of my past projects leading up to the release of my first ever self-titled album, so next year is pretty exciting.

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

Love your mistakes. Love your flaws. Our constant struggle within ourselves, our ability to choose the kind way over the harmful is what makes us human, they teach us where we need improvement. I’m a manic mess, domesticated demon, sleepless slave to my music and I’m proud of it, hear me roar!

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Peace & Love,

 

~Fluency Grey~

 

Fluency Grey: Profile

Full name

Fluency Leigh Grey

Age

24

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Where you live now? (city, country)

My time is split now between London, England and Ottawa Canada.

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Dad’s from Harrow, North London, England, While Mum’s from up North- Québec, Canada.

First Language?

French Canadian (though I’m rarely called upon to use it, and unfortunately, I think I’d consider it my second language now).

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

I’m a singer-songwriter, guitarist, drummer, bassist, synth-player and producer/composer, engineer and music consultant…it’s a bit of a mouthful, I’m working on it ;)

How long have you been doing it?

2015 marks 9 years performing and working in music

Fav Song

Primarily I’m a huge advocate for anything my friends do, but if I had to choose however, It’s between Minor Swing- Django Reinhardt and Blind Reverend Gary Davis- Death Have No Mercy In These Lands.

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Oooh, tough

Fav. Musician: Jack White

Fav. Vocal Artist: Anyone with a unique and distinct voice; so long as they’re in key and in some form of recognizable time.

Fav. Rapper: Seba Jun (Nujabes)

Fav Movie

The Mummy

Fav Actor/Actress

Probably Johnny Depp…

Fav Clothing brand

Honestly, I wear whatever can survive touring. Lots of durable light layers, leathers, furs and knits to keep warm; I like Steve Madden shoes, they hold up well, I’ve had an American eagle hoody for about 8 years or so, I buy a lot of coats and jackets from Le Chateau’s outlet in Montreal, and there’s this pair of Versace jeans that have literally stood the test of time and have been with me for years.

Fav Visual artist/Photographer/Filmaker/Dancer/Choreographer

I really like Canadian artist James Lahey when it comes to modern art, however, I’m a huge fan of new artist Chris Lobo’s Land and sky-scapes, and digitally there’s no one better to me than my close friend Gabriel Verdon. My favorite Filmmaker is an independent friend of mine named Cody Campanale, but J.J. Abrams is a close second. I wish I was involved with dance and choreography enough to be able to give you an answer as to my favourite in those fields, Mac Dimanlig is a great photographer however, and he could very well give you great references on both of those.

Fav Sport to watch

Hockey and Football (soccer is the North American translation, but I call it Football so…).

Fav Sport to play

Tennis and Snowboarding, hands down.

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