ROMANIE ASSEZ - MUSO
I’m Romanie - I’m a singer songwriter from Belgium and I moved to the other side of the world (Melbourne) a little more than a year ago. I’m a part of the Muso team and also work for Small Time, a unique music hub/restaurant in the heart of Brunswick.
When I moved to Melbourne last year I hoped that 2020 - like so many that I’ve met through Life Streams - would be my year. I started dipping my toes in a thriving live music scene, meeting fantastic new friends and artists, had my first overseas busking & gigging experience and I was collecting new memories and impressions to write many songs for my first studio album in 2020. I started working at Muso, a startup that helped artists get paid gigs and brought musicians together. Coming from Europe, where everything is still a bit more fragmented, Muso sounded like, to me, such a unique concept. I knew I was in the place where I wanted and needed to be. It was going to be perfect. When COVID hit in March, I soon learned that I was entirely mistaken about 2020 and we were not going to be the best of friends.
Being far away from home and not yet feeling entirely at home in my new country - things have been hard. I’m not going to lie about that. It has been shit and a big, big, big emotional roller coaster. Financially, mentally, musically - there have been dark days in the past six months. But a roller coaster wouldn’t be a roller coaster if it didn’t have its ups as well - I have been extremely lucky to stay healthy, surrounded by people that I care about & care about me and find the motivation to just keep going. I wanted to take this time to grow as a person and learn and read as much as I could to develop my music, myself and my career. I’ve been saying yes to every online workshop, panel and opportunity that came my way and I have met so many amazing new people throughout this newly generated online community of creatives.
Meeting all these new (online) friends, I remember talking to Maddy (Velvet Bloom) back in March about us wanting to do something for musicians and creatives to stay motivated throughout the lockdown. The seeds for Muso Life Streams had been planted. Instead of bringing you gigs, Muso was going to amplify the voices and share stories of musicians and industry folk. For the past six months (shiiiiit, already 6 months?!) I’ve shared 56 stories from the most amazing personalities - a massive, massive thank you to everyone who took the time to share their motivations, insights and to be an inspiration to others (certainly me) to keep going and to not give up on your dreams. This isn’t forever, although it might feel like it now. Music has always been and always will be the medicine of our times so I hope everyone keeps creating and most of all is taking care of their mental and physical health.
Today will be the last of our Muso Life Stream series, which you can all (re)read via musolifestream.com - again a huge shoutout to everyone who wanted to be a part of this - especially to the Muso Team for amplifying the series, Maddy Herbert for helping with the ideation and Laura Noonan for bringing the designs to life. If you feel like talking to someone, please know that our Muso inbox is always open for you, however minor your issue or trouble might seem. Other very important resources are:
Listen Up Music - @listenupmusicorg
Lifeline - 13 11 14
Headspace - 1800 650 890
QLife - 1800 184 527
Take care of yourselves because 2021 is going to be our year.
THAT’S A WRAP.
Speak soon, Rom