Interview with Collin James Sieglaff (@kylerrofficial)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Yes! I’m pretty sure I’ve read somewhere that it is actually a very similar story to Gordon Ramsay’s. I have played soccer since I was 3 and I was always an above average goalkeeper. As I grew up and went through high school I had gained more acknowledgment in soccer and grew connections to have a professional tryout in Sweden my senior year. Unfortunately, about a month before the tryout I had a very serious accident that took out my knee, leaving me unable to play soccer. That incident sort of left me reeling for something to do after high school. I’ve always loved music so I thought I would give it a shot. I got a seventy dollar microphone from Best Buy and would Youtube how to do audio engineering and just sit in my bedroom and make music for about 12 hours every day after school.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

I am just amazed at how fast and far I have come. I am only 20. I started music and audio engineering when I was 17. All the hard work and correct choices really put me in amazing places. I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and left when I was 19. By the age of 20, I have worked in two of my favorite studios in LA and met some people I really look up to.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Ear breaks. Every 20 to 30 minutes just take a little five to ten-minute break.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My mother and my wife always keep me on track and never let me fail in broad terms. Even when I had gotten kicked out of my audio engineering school, they really held me down and helped me as I appealed to get back in. Getting kicked and coming back in two weeks later actually had a lot of benefits down the road.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I really like being completely vulnerable and acknowledging problems through my lyrics and music hoping they reach someone who really needs to hear that they are not alone. I also enjoy giving back to all my friends who have pushed me to get to where I am today and share the knowledge I have learned.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

A lot of my favorite quotes actually come from Uncle Iroh in the show Avatar the Last Airbender. I really find relevance to my life in these quotes as I try to better myself and keep a calm cool head throughout my day.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

I actually only stay active on my Instagram, which has always been and will always be the best way to contact me and keep up with my music.

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