We’ve all experienced a time in our lives where we are unsure what our answer is. I leave this ambiguous because I believe it can be applicable in variety of contexts. We all are products of our environment, looking to be heard and understood through our actions. What we put out into this world is what we would like reciprocated. Throughout The Millennial-Y’s featured series, our goal is to shed a light on those who have a vision and are searching for the bigger answer in the grand scheme.
Pete Myers is a West Virginia University graduate who recently moved to Atlanta to pursue a passion that was discovered through a way of expressing himself: music. The universal healer for many in this world. For Pete, music is his outlet.
Amid the dedication tied with his pursuit in music, Pete is also a major contributor to West Virginia’s popular clothing brand 3 Up 2 Up. Outside of Pete’s creative workings in music, the West Virginia native was actually the brainchild behind the notorious “Palms Out” logo that is marketed for the 3 Up 2 Up brand. Not only that, but the artist also devised the idea of placing an excerpt from JFK’s empowering speech celebrating West Virginia’s centennial for the promotional 3 Up 2 Up video. A video that showcases the beauty and dignity of West Virginia. Pete prides himself on the devotion to his home state, his goals, and being involved with other creatives that help push a broader narrative for his state. With his recently released single “Chance” out now, Pete wants to make sure that his message and persistence in what he is doing is passed off to others, and hopefully help ignite that inspiration for others to do the same.
What made you want to start creating music?
Knowing I’ve been through so much in my life. I wanted other people who were going through similar situations to know they aren’t alone. I have/had so many emotions bottled up and no way to convey it, music was the only way I could get my point across or heard. And once I recorded my first track, I knew I was in love.
What does music do for you that you hope it will do for your listeners?
I love to get lost in good music! When I hear good lyrics on a great beat I get chill bumps on my arms and the hair on the back of my neck stands up. When the audience hears a track of mine, and when the music comes across to them, I want them to think to themselves, “WOW that’s amazing! I feel the same way!” Or “I know someone in a similar situation”, or it takes them back to a better place in their life, OR it motivates them to be better and to try harder. Good music to me touches on flaws and insecurities and lets people know that no one is perfect. All in all I want people to hear my music and say that was really honest; I want to hear more.
How do you maintain a creative process when creating new music?
By constantly making myself uncomfortable when writing or composing new tracks. While almost every concept has been recycled in one way or another, I try to think of concepts from a different person’s perspective, as well as mine. I hardly ever listen to new music in the genres I consider myself in. I try not to allow today’s music influence what I want to do. I focus on what’s on my heart and how I’m feeling.
Who are some of your biggest influences that have inspired you to do the things you love most?
My immediate family is my biggest personal influence. They have made so many sacrifices for me and to stand by my side when I told them I wanted to leave my hometown to pursue a career that thousands of people are trying to do everyday. They never stopped believing and that keeps me extremely motivated. My biggest music influence hands down is Kanye West. Kanye because he produces the majority of his music (which is extremely rare nowadays) and is one of the greatest all around artists to ever do it in my opinion. His work ethic speaks for itself and it shows. I never wanted to be like Kanye, but I have always tried to replicate his grind or work ethic and mold it around my process and use it as a base for my creative process.
What is your advice for someone looking to pursue music or their ideas?
I am a firm believer that hard work pays off. My advice to anyone trying to pursue music or their ideas is to stay positive and stay hungry. Set a goal, make a plan, and stick with it and be able to take good constructive criticism. You’re going to have people tell you how you should do this, how you could do that, or how they would’ve done things different. But you have to be able to filter through the input and see what’s best for you. All while staying true to yourself at the same time. But mostly, believe. If you don’t believe why should anyone else believe in you.