'Just do it'
A Southland teenager is taking a do-it-yourself approach to the music industry to inspire other young people to follow their dreams.
Central Southland College pupil Lily Jackson, 17, is recording an album on her school's computers, hoping to encourage other teenagers to get out there and make use of the facilities schools provide.
''It takes a lot of time and a lot of practice but if you want to do something ... just do it.''
Lily set herself a deadline of August, and hoped to hold an album launch at the school, with other Invercargill bands.
She said she chose the deadline because it was about the time she had to start studying for NCEA exams, and did not want her music to interrupt with her studies.
''I said to myself that if I'm going to do this, it can't take [time] out of my school work. If it does, I'll have to stop it.''
Her music relies heavily on guitar and ukelele, her instruments of choice, and Lily said her album would probably fall between genres.
''I call it folk pop. It's kind of got a folk twist but it's catchy.''
Although she only started playing guitar at high school, Lily said she had always been interested in music.
In kindergarten, she would round up other children and perform for them, and in primary school, she was known for her impromptu concerts in trees, she said.
Lily said she planned to call her album ''Stars and Secrets'' after one of the tracks she had written.
The Southland Times