Today we’d like to introduce you to Sheridan Reed.
Sheridan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Growing up on the West Coast is where I learned of my love for music. Playing from an early age, I continuously worked to foster his creativity and grow as an artist. Starting my first band in high school, which went on to receive radio play and perform at the Crest Theater in Sacramento, it was just the beginning.
While attending San Diego State University to study Sociology and Philosophy I joined local band Small City Calling. During my tenure they performed at the legendary Whiskey A Go Go and headlined the House of Blues San Diego, among others. However, after finishing my education, I decided to take a leap of faith and move to Austin, Texas.
While I had never been to the city before, the live music scene called to me and there I found my place. It was the push and the environment he needed to try new sounds and styles and grow as a musician, leading to my current new release, “We Should Both Be Here”.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I first and foremost consider myself just another person. I’ve got tons of my own baggage and flaws, but I’m doing my best to work through them, learn from them, and grow. It’s the same approach I try to take to playing guitar, singing, and songwriting.
I write as a form of catharsis, to express and process how I feel about a certain situation or person, and often discover things I didn’t even consciously know myself. It’s a way for me to work through things, and I create because it’s natural–I couldn’t stop if I wanted to. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in the last couple years, and with that, I’ve done a lot of learning and growing as I reflect introspectively on them, and that’s what I hope people can take from my music. I
want people to relate to a situation that might be dire and see that it’s not a finality, but an opportunity to change, because I think change is the key to growth. As soon as we are satisfied, as soon as we are complacent I think that makes it much more difficult, or even impossible to look at ourselves and our actions from a more objective outside perspective. My purpose in music has progressively changed over the years, and I’m sure it will again, but that’s just part of life.
How can artists connect with other artists?
Being an artist can be extremely lonely, and fraught with anxiety and depression at times as well. Often times artist will turn to substances for comfort, relief, and escape, after spending so much time in their own head. We analyze every move we’ve made, how that effected our lives, how it made us feel, and we can spend a lot of time spiraling down the same rabbit hole of self-examination.
I’d encourage any artists to not go down that rabbit hole alone. I’ve found a whole network and music community through local open mic nights, that I don’t necessarily go to for practice or performance, but to build community, cause as you’ll find, a lot of the other artists in your area are probably going through the same thing you are.
Do you have any events coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your music?
People can stream my new single, “We Should Both Be Here” across all digital streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, or they can choose to purchase it from iTunes or a multitude of other services!
Everyone can support my work by just sharing my music with friends and family if they find any joy or inspiration from it. I don’t have any merchandise out right now to support myself, but will soon with the release of a new music video and new music in the coming months!
- Website: www.sheridanreed.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sheridanreed/
Adrian Watts, Vincent Limon, Nick Swift, Tory Elena (artwork)