How Brooklyn Musicians Provide Peer Motivation
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In Chapter 18 of 21 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, musician and Takka Takka drummer Conrad Doucette finds motivation watching friends' in the National reap the rewards of practice and hard work. This gets him excited to play, practice, and write. This approach carries over to other Brooklyn peer relationships as well as new contacts he meets. Each provides gratification, inspiration, and insight Doucette applies in his own professional development.


Erik: How do your musician peers motivate you, and how is this changing as your career evolves? Conrad: I get endless motivation from my musician peers. You get excited when you listen to a great song that someone you know did. You get excited when you watch someone play, when you see someone practice. I watch friends play and get more successful, friends in a band called The National, have become very successful, simply through really working hard at their music, at the way they come together, and the way they write songs, and creating beautiful pieces of work, and to see that up close has been hugely motivational. I’m excited to go play. I’m excited to go write. Practice, you know, seeing how others practice has focused me on practicing, on having a certain method of practicing. I feel like every peer and friend I have here in New York, in Brooklyn, I learn from, and it’s not only motivational, it’s very satisfying. You know, and that all culminates when I go play, you know, when I go play I take all that into consideration, but to hear someone else’s album, to hear, to go see friends play, and then to go see these artists that I don’t know personally when I didn’t know their music, and to really be amazed by them, there is no feeling like it, and it’s hugely motivational, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been watching another band play, and I’ve enjoyed it so much that all I can think about is I wish I was playing right now.