Theo Braun | 19 y/o
The New School for Jazz
LMSOM Alumni '09 - '16
Currently Listening To: Thelonious Monk (It's his 100th birthday!), Celia Cruz, Wes Montgomery, Paul Motian, and Bjørn Solli
Any Musical Guilty Pleasures? Haha, I used to (and still) really enjoy listening to Linkin Park.
Dream music collaboration: Julian Lage
Something that people wouldn't be able to guess just by looking at you: I'm a nerd when it comes to math, science and chess. I'm also a brown belt in Karate and am working towards my black belt.
So you've chosen the path of higher education...good for you! What school are you attending and what's your major? What made you consider applying there?
I attend the New School for Jazz in Manhattan and am studying Jazz Performance on guitar. I had one friend from Miami Beach Senior High that is two years older than me and attends the New School who inspired me to apply. Upon visiting the school, I really enjoyed the atmosphere and vibe of the students and faculty.
What kind of preparation did you undergo for your audition?
I worked heavily on sight-reading to be prepared for all of my auditions. I focused on being comfortable withthree standards of contrasting style because that is what most schools requested, including the New School. I also worked on my performance confidence by playing as many shows as I could, such as the recitals at Live!
What kind of projects are you working on right now?
Right now, I'm working on booking shows to play the music from my debut EP "First Meetings." I have some shows lined up in New York and working to bring it to Miami this coming winter.
What do you do when you need some creative inspiration?
I often go outside for a walk or do some kind of exercise. I also find talking aloud to a friend or parent helps me generate ideas.
Can you remember your earliest musical memory?
My earliest musical memory is listening to Stray Cat Strut by The Stray Cats in the back of my family's car when I was about 5 or 6 years old. That song has always stuck with me. Coincidently (or maybe not), I play the same model guitar as the leader of The Stray Cats, Brian Setzer.
What has been the most challenging thing for you as a musician?
The most challenging thing for me has been self discipline, specifically practicing. I've never had a very consistent practice routine. That was and is still the biggest struggle for me. I feel I'm getting better at it but I still have a ways to go.