Austin Coates

Smithfield NC

Music has always been a huge part of my life. The earliest memories I had of music were my mom and dad singing getting ready for work in the morning. As I got older, I came to realize music was always there no matter what I did. The long 11 hour family road trips to southwest Georgia to see my moms side of the family, the short morning drives to high school, the trips to the coast with my friends, and the silent activity bus rides on the way to an away game. Music was always there, and it made every one those moments that much more memorable. I started to teach myself how to play the guitar in middle school, and haven't stopped. I 100% understand I am not the greatest when it comes to playing the guitar. I can't play any sick guitar solo's, and I can't listen to a song a few times and play it back to you without the chord progression in front of me. I try my best to play the songs I'm capable of playing, and the songs I enjoy on the radio. My guitar goes just about everywhere with me. I don't brag about it to other people, and I don't bust it out when I go somewhere and see a pretty girl just to impress her. Almost all of the time I go somewhere, whether it's a party, getting together with my friends to just catch up, or going to hang out with one of my friends for a couple nights, my guitar is always with me but it usually stays in my trunk. I keep it with me just in case theres that chance somebody tells me they heard one of my cover songs and want to hear me play it for them. I keep with me in the chance someone tells me they heard a new song and they want me to try and play it. I can't stand when I'm out and somebody starts bragging about theirselves out of the blue because they are trying their very best to impress somebody, so I try my very best not to be "that guy". While I do enjoy music, I know that the industry is a very tough one to get in to and to try and make a name for yourself. So I have no real interest in making that a profession, just a hobby. That being said, I have no real idea what I want to do with my life as far as a career, so I'm exploring all options. I understand that "living on love" doesn't pay bills, so I know I should probably try and figure out what I want to do(as far as a job/career goes) to make ends meet.