Name: Mercedes Glaude
City Music Program: Prep Academy
Number of Years Playing: 10
Favorite Musician: Snarky Puppy
What is the first song that you learned to play?
"Think About It" by So Amazing
What is your favorite record?
Ground Up by Snarky Puppy
What does Berklee City Music mean to you?
Berklee City Music means an opportunity to help me stay on the path to pursue my dreams of going to Berklee College of Music and becoming a professional musician. It's also a way for me to learn more about music that will help me become a better musician. To be honest I don’t know what I would do without City Music because it allowed me to meet many musicians, form friendships, and it helped me to focus on my music. It helped me realize how important practicing and studying theory is.
What is it about music that makes you want to be a musician and potentially pursue it as a career?
Music allows me to express myself and just be myself. Rhythms have been flowing out of my head since I was born and whenever I listen to a song I can't stop myself from hearing each individual instrument being played. Once I began playing drums I knew that was my passion right away. I've been working ever since to perfect my craft.
Who has had the greatest influence on your life and why?
My mom has had the greatest influence on my life because I was in her plays from the time I was a baby until I was 7, so now I don't have any type of stage fright. Also, she created a kids band (So Amazing) that my brother and I are in, along with a few other City Music students. We are constantly practicing and gigging. But the main thing that she always tells us is to stay humble and to keep up our grades and music.
Outside of music what are your interests and hobbies?
I like to create websites, edit videos, arts and crafts, and photography and videography. I'm also very interested in technology.