Chasing his dreams in spite of the pandemic

Devin Martin
Updated: March 07, 2021 06:30 PM
Created: March 06, 2021 06:42 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Musician Rémi Moulder is chasing his dreams, one step at a time.

Rémi, who is a Rochester native, goes to school at the California Jazz Conservatory where he studies jazz guitar. There, he's in a country band called the Brodie Stewart Band. 

But because of the pandemic, the last time they performed together was March 2020. 

Rémi says COVID-19 forced him to come back home.  Now, he's here working on his craft as the pandemic continues, "The people here at the Farmers Market are really sweet and nice. It felt good to be out and playing for some people," Moulder said. "It forced me to go down this route of learning how to be a little bit more of a solo artist and focus on singing, songwriting, producing my own show that's small enough where I can take it wherever."

And it's working, he's dedicated to making his shows the best they can be, "I'm going to continue developing this show. There's more work that needs to be done in it," Moulder said. 

Rémi performed at the Rochester Farmers Market for three hours Saturday and he says every song, word, and note gives him hope, "Doing stuff like this has made me a little bit more hopeful. Being a musician is hard in its own right even when things are normal. Two years ago if you told me I was going to be doing something like this, I would have been like no, that's not for me. But it's weird how the pandemic has forced me to adapt," Moulder said. 

Music runs in Rémi's family. He also had guitar lessons since he was a kid. The biggest thing his parents told him, as long as he's having fun, it's worth it. 

You can feel his passion for music, "I love so many different types of music. I feel like my show shows that. There's a never-ending possibility with it. I'll always be a music student, I'll always be studying and there's always new stuff to learn. So that's exciting for me. This is something I'll do for the rest of my life," Moulder said. 

The Rochester Farmers Market is seeking performers to play music for their weekly markets. It is a paid opportunity. 

Mike Schmitt is the president of Friends of the Farmers Markets. He says these events help musicians, knowing small gigs can be hard to find right now, "To give them a livelihood and to allow us to give back to our community the same way our patrons give back to the farmers market, we're very proud," Schmitt said. "We look forward to having musicians at every open market that we have May through October this year."

If you or someone you know who is a performer, musician, or singer, visit this link to sign-up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScmyHaj7sc4UVXTigNQvr5Bhd6z5mdUOvpr6_da3ukNNNG93w/viewform


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