Skills can be taught but not passion. It’s either you have it or you don’t. The moment you discover your life’s passion is the moment you come alive. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what your social status is. Once you found it, you’re lit!
It’s like a fire that burns deep within your soul. All of sudden you feel inspired, motivated and your life has more meaning—a reason for being.
For the 20-year-old self-taught DIY musician named ‘Ayane Fukumi’, the moment of epiphany happened when she was eleven, when she decided to try her hand at songwriting via a keyboard. In an exclusive interview with ‘Bassfuck’, ‘Fukumi’ revealed that she ended up writing 4 songs in just one sitting during that session, which up to this day are still in her dad’s computer.
Inspired by ‘Renard Queenston’ (‘LapFox Trax’), she started to record electronic music back in 2011. ‘Fukumi’ fondly remembers that moment as she considers it as the start of where she is today, an aspiring electronic musician who owns ‘Underground Core Collective’ (UGCC), a California-based netlabel that specializes in underground electronic bangers.
Throughout her relatively young musical journey and even in life, there’s always been one key ingredient that makes ‘Fukumi’ stand out from the crowd and it is pure, unbridled passion.
She professes: “I’d like to describe my music as unique, I’ve always tried standing out my entire life, and music isn’t an exception to that.”
“Honestly, because I’ve always done music, it’s just habit to me at this point, it’s hard for me to go for more than a few days not doing anything music related. As of late, people being inspired and motivated by my music has motivated me as well,” she adds.
‘Fukumi’s’ deep passion for her work is palpable to a point of being contagious. Which actually is a good thing once you start to listen to her songs and even hear her talk about her body of work.
Asked for advice to fellow aspiring musicians, ‘Fukumi’ had this to say: “Never stop learning. Always try learning how to do something new. If you’re not learning new things, if you don’t explore new things or learn, things get stale. Don’t force it either, try throwing around different ideas. Also, don’t take criticism too hard and use it as a way to improve.”
Truer words were never spoken. Her heart is clearly in the right place as beyond fame and money, she actually cares more about artistic integrity. Which just goes to show that talent and skill may be important but passion is the driving force behind them. Like an extra fire in your belly, turning ordinary into something extraordinary.
Discover your passion. Follow it. Become it. In the meantime, listen to ‘Ayane Fukumi’ and set your spirit aflame!