Chicago, IL, June 06, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- A young Chicago singer-songwriter and guitarist, Peter Sebastian finds inspiration all around him. He surpasses the constraints of genre to produce songs that are motivated by his multiculturalism, intellectualism, and passion for social justice.
On Saturday, June 8th, Peter will be competing in a music contest at Board and Barrel in his hometown of Naperville, Illinois, for the chance to win a gig there, studio time, and air time on WGN radio, one of Chicago’s most popular stations. This would allow him to promote his compassionate, purposeful songs to a wider audience.
Peter’s passion for music began when he was nine years old, after his uncle gave him a guitar and he became fascinated by its sound. From there, Peter listened to music that challenged the norms. In light of this, he remarks, “I felt like it was a duty to create a sense of rebellion to societal standards, and I think art is probably the only way that there could ever be a sense of true justice in this world.”
When he was eighteen, Peter won a Battle of the Bands competition, which inspired him to seriously pursue music as a career. For years, he wrote lyrics and composed music, eventually getting discovered by Jason Patrick Meyers, a radio DJ in Cleveland. Peter calls getting his music publicized for the first time “a dream come true” that motivated him to perform more, in hopes of spreading his message of justice.
As a musician, Peter draws on a variety of inspirations. He feeds off of the intense, chaotic vibes of the city of Chicago, while also attempting to emulate nature. He also cites shamanism, which involves accessing different states of consciousness beyond this world, as a vital factor of the musical journey, as well as Latino culture.
Peter emphasizes the connection between shamanism and rock and roll, noting, “If people can grasp other worldly forces as an intermediary with a sense of reason at the same time, then there can be a greater sense of meaning and a greater function that the artist can hold overall in society.”
As someone of Puerto Rican and Greek descent, multiculturalism plays a big role in Peter’s life. He attributes his passion to his Puerto Rican roots and his reason to his Greek heritage, the two working together seamlessly as he creates his music. Not only is he driven by the shamanism tied to Latino culture, but he also finds inspiration through the rich philosophical history of the Greeks.
For the final round of the Board and Barrel music contest on Saturday, Peter hopes to have a large audience to support him. His songs are carefully and beautifully written, and could make a true difference if they were broadcasted through a mass media outlet like WGN. Peter Sebastian is a brilliant songwriter and performer, who is breaking barriers in both music and culture.