ROCK STAR OF THE WEEK - JULIAN MELTON
Freshman (Fall 2017) at South Salem High School
Started at RiverCity Rock Star Academy in January 2017
When did you start playing music and why?
In 4th grade, I started playing in elementary school orchestra as an after-school activity, which gave me more time to hang out with friends and hopefully prepare me for future (more exciting) instruments. I then began taking bass lessons around my 7th-grade year, but never felt completely interested. It was the same thing week after week, practice this drill for a few hours a day and you'll be a great bass player in 10 years or so, and it seemed extremely discouraging. RiverCity Rock Star Academy has interested me since day one and I know even if I don’t practice a song as much as I should or am having trouble with my ‘baby-like’ fingers, I'll always have friends and teachers behind me.
What is your favorite song you've ever played at RiverCity?
My favorite song to play is by far ‘Big Fatty’ by Hazel. It's a fast baseline that forces me to saddle up and work on those calluses.
What do you like about RiverCity?
What makes RiverCity Rock Star Academy great to me is friends and teachers that work with you and have fun at the same time.
What are your favorite bands/artists right now?
Currently, my five favorite bands (in no particular order) are Spoon, Band of Skulls, Presidents of the United States of America, Saint Motel, and Foo Fighters.
What things do you like to do when you’re not at RiverCity?
I swim every day (except Tuesdays) and eat. And eat some more.