Today we’d like to introduce you to John Owen.
Hi John, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I first became interested in music when my dad started showing me his old U2 and Springsteen cassettes and CDs. I started teaching myself piano and guitar by ear so I could play along to my favorite songs. Once I realized all a song is some chords and a melody, I started writing my own. I was probably 9 years old when I wrote my first song. From there I started playing open mics and small shows and I haven’t stopped since.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not been a smooth road and still isn’t. There is always something that makes doing what you want difficult. I could list off plenty of circumstances and problems that have gotten in the way, but I think the only one that has really kept me from making progress is my own negative thinking and assuming people aren’t interested in what I’m doing. Whenever I open myself up to the idea that people might need to hear my songs, I have good conversations with people and see my following grow.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
The thing I do best is being raw with people. Any time I get on stage, you’ll hear me talk about the best and worst parts of my day, the state of my mental health, and the things I have doubts about. I try to do that in my songs as well.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Get out there and meet people who are doing/have done what you are passionate about. If you’re a musician, go to local venues, talk to everyone you can, and be helpful in any way you can. Most of all, listen. You can learn something from everyone, even those who aren’t exactly in your scene.