Music, in all its forms, is and has been a critical component to the livelihood and progression of society. It is more than the composition of words, rhythm, and sound. Music is a way of life; a seed embedded in the cultural fiber of society allowing people to express themselves and flourish in an infinite amount of ways. As such, it can easily be claimed that music can have a huge influence on relationships. From those who create it to those who embrace it, music is an omnipresent agent for love, angst, and happiness. Hear it from three of LA’s local musicians as they give the inside scoop on their music and how it plays a role in their life and relationships.
Musician Kevin Curtin
Ranging from creating acoustic to “full-on” metal music, singer songwriter Kevin Curtin tailors his music to a broad audience. When asked to describe his music, Kevin states, “It’s generally on the sad and dark side and has a lot of emotion.” As a product of the 70’s and 80’s, Kevin Curtin was inspired by such rock music influences as Journey, The Eagles, Foreigner, Styx, and Blue Oyster Cult and metal artists like Van Halen, Ozzy, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, and Dio. As a kid, Kevin was “mesmerized by the sound of the guitar” and has since become a producer of these sounds himself.
When it comes to music and relationships, Kevin believes that music directly has an influence on a friendship level. He explains how even in his past experiences, he was able to connect more with those who liked the same music as he did. He states, “It’s a special bond when you are discovering new music together, and especially when you learn to play that music together.” He believes that by playing music together, you can sometimes, “develop a connection that almost transcends human relationships.” On the romantic level, however, Kevin feels that music has more of an indirect affect on relationships. To him, sharing the same taste in music can be a “huge plus” in relationships because it allows both partners to share an immediate understanding and connection.
According to Kevin, music can also be a healing outlet for dealing with the hardships that come with having relationships. Speaking from his own experience, he reveals, “When I first started singing I was embarrassingly open about my relationships. I would just lay it all out there. The first album that I sang on, I had just broken up with my girlfriend of 7 years. I just started writing about what I was feeling.” As a result of this process, Kevin was able to not only work through his feelings but also produce some “emotionally driven music” at the same time.
Finally, Kevin concludes by speaking on the direction of his music as a whole. When asked to explain what the overall message he wants his listeners to get from hearing his music, he states, “I’m not sure. I suppose the overall underlying theme in all of my music is personal growth and self-introspection. Things that I continue to uncover, discover, and discard about myself. When I write about those things, I suppose in some way I hope that the listener identifies and relates to it. It’s a really great thing when they do.”
For more information on Kevin Curtin, visit his website, myspace page, or itunes albums.