Makin’ It is our new feature that focuses on people who have figure out how to do what they love and be successful in the process. First up is musician and Ph.D. candidate, Julian Lynch.
Does school always win out when balancing the demands of your own music? The two seem, at least superficially, so mutually reinforcing.
I actually started working on my next record a few weeks ago. I spent a lot of time with it, and accomplished a great deal, but at a certain point I had to stop myself to get back to work. I’ve been concentrating on school pretty much nonstop for the past two weeks, and that is likely to continue throughout the semester. Whereas I probably could have finished 75 percent of my record by now, with my other obligations, I don’t think it will be completed for many months.
When it comes to daily activities, school consumes most of my time and has to take priority. Even though I feel like a lot of people I speak with assume the opposite, I think that the two are fairly mutually exclusive. I guess in the greater picture of what I do with my life, the two may be complementary in a general sense, but only in rare instances. I know this might sound like a frustrating or unfortunate thing, since making music means a lot to me. The truth is that having this other aspect of my life as a student allows me to appreciate my musical activities a lot more. I’m also much more focused on recording when it comes to music. So that also rules out the possibility of making a career out of playing, which I don’t mind. I made a decision long ago, probably around the age of 18 or so, that I did not want to attempt a career in performing.