This week, we introduce you to Owen Olszewski, a member of the Royal City Studios concierge team:
When did you first take an interest in music?
I was raised on music. When I was younger, there was always the Tragically Hip, the Beatles, or AC/DC playing around the house. When I was in elementary school, I played piano for a few years but ended up switching to drums around the age of 8 or 9. I’ve been playing drums since, in and out of some bands with friends.
Which instrument(s) do you play?
I play drums mainly. Last year during school when I didn’t have access to my drums, I started playing a little bit of bass, which I hope to continue with!
How do you continue to improve your craft?
Constantly trying new things. If I feel like I have been playing lots of rock music, I switch it up and try some blues, then I try some funk, and I will continue to change it up until I feel like I want to play rock again. With each genre comes a different style of playing and so I’m always trying to be on the edge of uncomfortable when playing so I know I’m learning skills I am not used to. If I am really comfortable with something, it means it is time to progress the challenge!
If you didn’t work in music, what would you be doing?
I have an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. So, I hope to one day work in the health field as well. Music is a passion of mine, and through Royal City Studios, I am able to work close to my passion while also seeking another passion at the same time.
What advice would you give to people who want to become better musicians?
Practice! There have been many times throughout my musical career where I haven’t been able to play my drums as much, and when I finally get back on my kit, I really feel how rusty you can get when you don’t play often. Keep up that practice but don’t burn yourself out. Always make sure you still love what you are doing.
What is your favourite part about your job?
Having the ability to be so involved in the local music scene while I’m not playing in a band is a great feeling. I get to meet many great musicians and also hear their music!