Annatasha Saifol


The girl who does everything

Article from the Sun daily by Jessica Chua (posted on 17 Dec 2015)

STUDYING at Berklee College of Music is possibly on the bucket list of every aspiring musician. This dream is not as far-fetched as it once was for Annatasha Saifol because she is well on her way to joining the likes of John Mayer and Steven Tyler as alumni of the world's largest independent college of contemporary music.

Annatasha's entry into the renowned music school in Boston was quite a process. She waited three months to audition at the International College of Music, and stuck around for another four months before she could take a 12-week online music fundamentals course. Her blood, sweat and tears finally paid off when she got accepted into Berklee to study Music Production and Engineering.

Despite pursuing culinary arts after high school, running an online pastry business, and freelancing as a photographer, she never let go of her dream career in music because it is something that never ceased to fascinate her.

"Music has always been a big part of me since I was really young. The fact that a collection of sounds, with or without words, can trigger emotions really sparked my interest," explained the 22-year-old.

How has your experience in Berklee been so far?

The experience is unexplainable. Sure, music can be studied anywhere across the world. But in Berklee, the people you meet and the opportunities that come by are so rare. All the friends and teachers I've met over the past two semesters have been incredible. On the other hand, there have also been tough times when I felt absolutely incompetent. Everyone around me is so talented and they constantly remind me of my insecurity. I struggled to better myself as a musician, but after a while I got over it because that's what I'm here for – to be better at what I do.

What drives your passion in music?

The same thing that drives my love for cooking. Watching people enjoy what you do is like watching people eat your food. Going to a concert and feeling the way I do, or watching the people react to music the way they do, that drives my passion. It reminds me of how impactful music is. I guess you could also say that curiosity drives my passion in music, because I want to know exactly what makes great music, great!

Tell us about the ups and downs of being a musician.

Being your own biggest critique is definitely both an up and down of being a musician. You always want to improve your work, to be a better musician, but sometimes you're so hard on yourself that you don't get anything done! That's something I battle with a lot.

What do you hope to speak through your music?

Above anything else, I want every listener to know that they are not alone at any point of their lives. It is important for me to remind all my young friends out there that no matter how quiet it gets, my music can help to fill that void. I want to be their companion, musically.

How would you encourage your peers in this generation to pursue their passion?

Even if life throws you off-track, persevere. As long as you keep on wanting, whatever life brings, you will end up closer to your passion. I did photography and culinary arts, still dreaming about music at the time. But had I not done culinary school, my pastry business and freelance photography, I would never have saved enough money to come to Berklee. A certain path may seem irrelevant to your passion, but keep that fire burning and you will eventually get there.

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