15 Metro Phoenix Musicians Share Their Thoughts and Hopes for 2017

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Camille Sledge, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra
We need to rally up, and to have action. We’ll go and sit in on a city hall meeting, we’ll study, read books, and try to change the legislation that’s out there. I feel like this is going to be a year where the discrimination level is not going to be effective against our generation. The music has changed, too. We are not afraid to have lyrics that are very clear. They’re not a metaphor; They’re very direct. There might have been a time where you had to be poetic because your record company might drop you. Now they’re not in charge with what we say or do, because we can get it out there over different avenues.

David Marquez, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra
The only constant is change, so we just have to make sure that we’re there for each other, especially if the change is not in the favor of the community. As the saying goes: think globally, act locally. I am just a musician, but I put my voice out there, and I hope I can be of some service to the peace of mind that we share as a city, community, and as an arts collective. There are different cliques around, so let’s start to bridge over that as well. Through unity, we can overcome many obstacles. In Dune they say, “Fear is the mind-killer.”

Andy Warpigs
I want to harness more of the power of art to change life, not necessarily my life only, but to effect a personal change in the world, and help make life something fun and different. There needs to be some sort of counterpoint to all this bad shit that’s been happening. I want to give more of myself to art and let it give back to me and help others do the same.

Scott Mitting, 20 ft Neon Jesus
I hope to grow the music scene and help any way I can to connect more people together. That’s the way I like to steer my ship. I hope to do whatever I can do to promote the scene. Maybe it will be with more noise shows.

Kenyttiesh Juant'e Jaque'wece Thomas, Transmissions From Mars
I want to see more unity in the different sides of the city, the scene, all the genres, all the different people, and all the artists. I just want people coming together more. I also want to see more metal! I’d like more metal mixed in with any music; I just like the energy of it. People have fun with it. Good energy.

Tatiana Crespo
I’m looking forward to nurturing relationships with the artists and musicians I have met. During this time after the Trump presidency, a lot of the Latin community has built a lot of resilience and has really come together to strengthen the community that exists. It’s nice to have a big collaborative community. I think it would be nice to have a more established network for musicians to share information with each other. I hope musicians continue to network with new musicians and support each other, especially women musicians. I hope we stick together and work hard for what we think is important and not be passive in our lives.

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Kayla Clancy is a musician, writer, and film photographer. In between travels, she lives in a cottage in downtown Phoenix and listens to psychedelic rock.
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