We had the good fortune of connecting with Grace Kuch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Grace, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work-life balance is something I have only begun to understand. As a young, rising artist, music is my identity. It is who I am and what I do. I did not know what life would be without it. In this last year, I realized that as the world of music stopped, forced change can bring silver linings. I was saddened by the lack of musical opportunities available to us all but the time away from gigs allowed me to step away from the regular responsibility I have been holding with my music business most of my life. I was able to enjoy time with my friends and family, and center myself as an artist and human being. I had often wondered what life was like for a typical young person. That time gave me the rare gift of seeing the grass on the other side. Through it all, since important gigs or events weren’t happening, I was able to see how much I really loved what I was doing and how much I missed it. Now that things have started to re-open, I have been working on balancing life and music to keep myself inspired and excited for what is to come in my future.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a Musician. The main music genre I play is Blues. Blues music is not the usual go-to for a young musician like me. It touched my soul the first time I was a part of a Blues festival. I was just 10 years old. Blues is easy to feel in your heart, even if you haven’t “lived” the blues. We can experience the story-telling just as deeply. I am very proud to be keeping this historical genre alive with my music. I hope to continue to honor the roots in my music as well as incorporating new flavors such as Funk, R&B, Jazz, Country, and Folk. All of these genres are dear to me and I want to incorporate what I love about them. Professionally I am still growing, being just 17, and there are infinite details to learn. I have only just started to take over my music bookings and finances, as my family has helped me with these things from the beginning. Finding the inspiration for creativity can be hard for me sometimes, but I know it will be worth it. I find collaborating with people who inspire me, helps with re-kindling that creativity. Understanding that progress is better than perfection is a practice that challenges me. Stepping back to see all the progress I’ve made, even when it didn’t seem like I had, is a valuable lesson. I hope to play with my band on world-renowned stages and collaborate with my favorite musicians. I’ve been lucky to have a taste of that and can’t wait for more.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take a visiting friend to all the major music venues for an epic concert venue whirlwind visit. We would start right here in my hometown at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins. Catch a show there in the renovated movie house. Then we would go to the Magic Rat, for a chill jazz set. Next, we would go to the Sundance Steakhouse & Saloon for a Country Concert and some dancing! We would have to go to an iconic venue in Bellevue, CO called the Mishawaka Amphitheater, where the stage is backed right up to the Poudre River. Absolutely breathtaking. Before heading south, we’d go over to the Moxi Theater in Greeley, CO to take in a great band and grab some tacos downstairs at Luna’s. Wanting to see a show in a really big room, we’d continue onto Denver’s Mission Ballroom and watch the incredible music and interactive disco ball light show. To cap off the entire visit, we would go to the nationally renowned iconic venue, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater in Morrison, CO, west of Denver. This venue was created amongst beautiful rock formations where they embedded a music venue right in the middle. I dream of playing that stage someday, but for now, we could take in the beauty and reverence, as national headliners grace the stage night after night. It would be an epic venue hop with amazing music along the way.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family. My parents and extended family members have always been so supportive of my music. My parents are always willing to transport me to festivals and camps all over the US, especially when I wasn’t driving yet. They have helped me with the management of my business and paid for lessons and gear to better my craft. Extended family members always attend my shows and support me on my social media platforms. I would not have been able to experience all the amazing things I have in my life if it wasn’t for them!
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