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Turning the Tables

Lights flashing, ground shaking, bass bumping, some students at South experience this feeling in the crowd, but others know what it feels like coming from the stage.

“Your perspective on things really change when you find out that something you’ve poured your heart and soul into has impacted someone so much, even if it’s just taking five minutes out of their day to listen to your music and forget all their problems,” aspiring artist, Noah Bergman, senior, said while describing why music is his greatest passion.

Bergman has already made his debut as a dubstep and trap artist while playing a set at shows such as Dancefestopia and DVBBS at the Midland in Kansas City, These are festivals and venues that only people with a pretty big reputation can play at.

Bergman, otherwise known as, “Viva!LaBerg” first got picked up by Electrokill records, which really changed the game for him. It was his start in the big music industry. After he joined with the record company he started getting support from numbers of dubstep and trap artists and really started making a name for himself.

“I used to make music for fun, but it wasn’t until I got feedback from actual fans, and heard about how my music has changed someone’s thoughts, or helped them get through the day,” Said Bergman. “Then I really knew the next step to take with my music.”

Bergman started performing dubstep but eventually transferred to the trap side. He plays a hybrid of both and occasionally throws in some old school hip-hop.

Bergman said, “Music is my biggest passion because I feel it’s one of the few things in life i have complete control over.  It’s something that lets me transform my thoughts and feelings into an essence of sounds that has the power to move hundreds of individual people, physically and emotionally.”

Viva!LaBerg is always making new sounds and trying to better his music career. He wants to keep producing for as long as he can, and always have a musically involved life.

Most of the aspiring artists at south don’t play music for the fame.

Nathan Jurries, a junior at South, explained that, “you can’t concentrate too much on the fame and fortune I just do it for the fun.”

Jurries isn’t looking for all the lights and glamour. His band, “American Slim” has been together for four years, and play everything from classic rock covers to original alternative music. The band decided to record four cover songs and produce music videos for them which can be found on youtube. American slim also has a song out on Itunes, a cover of “Rehab,” by Amy Winehouse.

They are working on making more original songs to come soon, explained Jurries.

“It would be cool be to make more original stuff and maybe a record company would notice us and have us open up for bands around here,” said Jurries.

That’s as big as he wants to get. Playing locally and around Kansas City is the main goal. Jurries wouldn’t mind the fame but looks at music as “a good way to spend your time instead of drugs and alcohol.”

Now for something a little different. Connor Locke, a performer since elementary school, takes voice lessons with the Lyric Opera program and wants to pursue a career in Opera. She has always been musically inclined from being the main character, Christine, in the musical, Phantom of the Opera, to being a part of the children’s chorus in the opera, Carmen.

“I’ve always been a singer since my whole family sings, I’ve done musicals since elementary school. But I didn’t realize it was really what I wanted to do with my life until sophomore year,” said Locke.

Music is an important role in many people’s lives, and has a big effect on attitude and emotions.

From Alternative rock, Dubstep, and Opera, Park Hill South houses many musically inclined students who are making a career for themselves early on in life. And one day they could be making the ground shake in a big venue around the world.