We are so excited to announce our winner in best overall melody category for best original song, Esme and Zadie Butkiewicz. Check out their interview below and then grab some tickets to see them live at the Raise Her Voice Benefit Concert September 30th at the Lobero Theatre. We want to pack this theatre full and show all these amazing young women how much they are respected and supported by our community.
1.How long have you been writing music and how did you get started ? Zadie- I am 15 years old and I have been writing music since I was 9 when I first started girls rock.
Esme- I am 16 years old and I started playing music when I was 11, after that I realized I could write my own music and create whatever I wanted.
2.What is your original song about ? What inspired you to write it? Balance is about being okay. I’ve discovered that with everything in life there’s a balance. There will always be dark moments and happy times, and you have to accept the feelings of both. I wrote it in a period of growth in my life and realized that I’d be okay.
3.Why do you think it's important for girls to know they are powerful? Zadie- I think it’s important for girls to know they are powerful because in a society that teaches them that men are more powerful, girls should be encouraged to be assertive and know their worth. There should be more places where girls are reminded of their strength and competence.
Esme- It’s important for girls to know they are powerful because empowered and united girls can change the world. Young women are powerful and our voices should be heard.
4.If you had to explain the way you feel when you are playing music, what would that look like? Zadie- In control, relaxed, and happy. Music has always been a place I can resort back to when I need to feel calm and confident. Music has also been a great way for me to feel connected to the people around me, whether I’m playing with them or for them, and the feeling of harmony I feel when playing is so euphoric. Esme- For me, music is immediately what comes to mind when I hear the word passion. When I’m playing music I feel free to express myself.
5.What do you want to be when you grow up? Zadie- At the moment, I’d like to go into something in environmental science because I’m really good at science and math, and I’d love to better the environment.
Esme- I see myself always being surrounded by music. I want to be a musician and a music journalist.