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Ever since I was young, I was always into the dealings of business. It stemmed from my parents I’m sure, but I was enthusiastic about selling fudge for little league and candy for Christmas, pawned off from school. When I reached high school I took up a hobby that would develop into more than just a hobby, or even a business, but a passion. I started playing guitar when I was 13, learning classical. I was bored soon off and almost quit, until I found a song by Led Zeppelin (Black Dog) that I wanted to learn.
From then on, I play about an hour a day, at least, for 10 years. College arrived and I entered the music scene, as a quiet, acoustic guitarist, one of the hundreds that could play Why Georgia, Crash into me, and every other Dave song ever written. I’ve never had a good voice, something I always saw as a dent in the fabric of what I could be as a musician if I could sing. I would play repetitive verses of our favorite songs as everyone would crowd around and sing. I was slightly unique in that I learned to pick with my fingers instead of a pick; I never used a pick. I grew my nails out on my right hand, a feature that gave me lots of strange looks over the years.
One day I saw a senior play a song called Phfunkdified by Justin King, at an underground music club at school. I was mesmerized. That was my introduction to Tap Guitar. It was a song that required no words, it was funky, entrancing, sounded amazing and most of all, it looked so cool. I went home and tried to learn to with no avail. A year later, the same song was played again and send me running back to my room to learn. This time I discovered many other artists within the percussive guitar genre that played the most aesthetically astonishing songs, music boundless by the instrument it was performed on. I found a niche.
I dedicated hours upon hours to learning all sorts of songs, and techniques to the instrument that never had occurred to me. A few years later I would meet a friend who offered to record me in his studio, and I would produce two albums. My music has progressed through the years, and evolved, maturing from the sing-a-longs (Don’t worry, I still do those), to lap-style songs that few people have ever seen performed.
My newest album, dropping in the end of December, is called “If Kids were Kings”. I’ve been writing it for three years, with a healthy amount of material coming from my last year in college. The songs range from quiet slower songs straightforward, with one acoustic guitar like G# and Between God and Grace, to erratic structured songs like the lap style Reflections, with an added Violin. I was able to fund the project by releasing it on Kickstarter and asking for a few thousand dollars to print it, and master it. I was pleasantly surprised when it was overfunded by 40% yielding $5,000.
I had always thought it would just be a hobby. I was a terrible singer after all, and I didn’t think it would ever have been possible to play dozens of gigs, release two albums and fund a project from over a hundred strangers. My voice it turned out, was my greatest asset in music because it pushed me from the ordinary singer-songwriter, into a unique tap guitar musician. My hobby, my business, my passion.
My name is Kristina and I'm the founder of Love Struck. Read about how Love Struck came to be, see how I make it happen or just read a random thought I just might have! Anything can happen at our blog & I wouldn't have it any other way! It's time to get Love Struck, and what better way to start than right here!