Who is Alise Koa?
Why start a podcast?
Hi I'm ALise,

I was born on Hawaii, grew up in Germany (yes I'm bilingual) and went to Birmingham England for two years to follow my passion of songwriting.

I don't know why, but I was drown to the guitar since I was a little kid and I finally got my mom to buy me my first guitar from target! With 14 I wrote my first song about my dog (kinda embarrassed to admit it, but I'm cool with it now. You have to start somewhere right?). 

Songwriting became therapeutic to me. An outlet to deal with all my thoughts and emotions. In some wired way it was freeing to let everything out. I was able to create something from nothing. Something that was mine. I wrote song after song after song. And as time passed, I noticed more people connecting with my songs. They'd tell me that they were going through something similar and thanked me for writing about it. I realised that these songs weren't mine to keep as a "therapy session", but a connection point for others. Telling them that they aren't alone! 

But over time, I felt like I was running out of things to write about. What should I write about next? I knew I loved music and wanted nothing else but to write music. But I felt stuck! I'd start a song, but never finish. I came up with a great chorus, but didn't know how to come up with the verses. Sometimes by chance I'd write one or two great songs, but didn't know what I was doing! I was winging it... 
One day a friend of mine showed me a university in Birmingham England she was thinking of going to. At this point I never thought of going to university to study music. It felt like cheating. That's not something a real musician would do. That's too easy. They just teach you how to be a good musician? Then I found out that Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Jess Glyn and many more went to the same collage, (university in England) only in London. Long story short, I applied and got excepted. I was so excited to say the least! I took my backpack, a suitcase and of course my guitar. Off I went to England. To a country I didn't know. With no backup plan. Only a dream.

I got to meat so many amazing musicians that I'm now proud to call my friends. I grew so much as a person, musician and songwriter. Not because I was doing what I loved, but because I was constantly pushed out of my comfort zone! I had talented teachers that believed in me and my music. Even though it was though, I loved every minute of it and England has a special place in my heart! ❤️❤️❤️ 
Going back home to Germany was tough, but I was only going to stay there for a couple of months to make some money and go back to the island where everything started. Hawaii. I'm fascinated by their music. How they can make you dance with just a rhythm we call HULA. I wanted to go there and learn more.
But God had other plans for me. Instead I got to meat my now husband Toni, which I'm for ever grateful for. He's a music freak just like me and together we own about 15 guitars! 
One day a friend of mine showed me a university in Birmingham England she was thinking of going to. At this point I never thought of going to university to study music. It felt like cheating. That's not something a real musician would do. That's too easy. They just teach you how to be a good musician? Then I found out that Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Jess Glyn and many more went to the same collage, (university in England) only in London. Long story short, I applied and got excepted. I was so excited to say the least! I took my backpack, a suitcase and of course my guitar. Off I went to England. To a country I didn't know. With no backup plan. Only a dream.

I got to meat so many amazing musicians that I'm now proud to call my friends. I grew so much as a person, musician and songwriter. Not because I was doing what I loved, but because I was constantly pushed out of my comfort zone! I had talented teachers that believed in me and my music. Even though it was though, I loved every minute of it and England has a special place in my heart! ❤️❤️❤️ 
I don't know why, but I was drown to the guitar since I was a little kid and I finally got my mom to buy me my first guitar from target! With 14 I wrote my first song about my dog (kinda embarrassed to admit it, but I'm cool with it now. You have to start somewhere right?). 

Songwriting became therapeutic to me. An outlet to deal with all my thoughts and emotions. In some wired way it was freeing to let everything out. I was able to create something from nothing. Something that was mine. I wrote song after song after song. And as time passed, I noticed more people connecting with my songs. They'd tell me that they were going through something similar and thanked me for writing about it. I realised that these songs weren't mine to keep as a "therapy session", but a connection point for others. Telling them that they aren't alone! 

But over time, I felt like I was running out of things to write about. What should I write about next? I knew I loved music and wanted nothing else but to write music. But I felt stuck! I'd start a song, but never finish. I came up with a great chorus, but didn't know how to come up with the verses. Sometimes by chance I'd write one or two great songs, but didn't know what I was doing! I was winging it... 
Going back home to Germany was tough, but I was only going to stay there for a couple of months to make some money and go back to the island where everything started. Hawaii. I'm fascinated by their music. How they can make you dance with just a rhythm we call HULA. I wanted to go there and learn more.
But God had other plans for me. Instead I got to meat my now husband Toni, which I'm for ever grateful for. He's a music freak just like me and together we own about 15 guitars! 
Why I Write music?
Why start a podcast?
1. This is a podcast FOR MUSICIANS FROM MUSICIANS 
The Musicians Secrets Podcast was born out of the COVID pandemic. I was sick of hearing on the news, radio and people what I can't do anymore. You're not allowed to play gigs and have live performances any more. You can't do this and you can't do that! All this negativity was pulling me down and I didn't want to be part of it anymore!

I took this special time to focus on something I love and help others in the process as well that are in similar situations as me. Something that would spread positivity

There are so many talented musicians and songwriters out there, that aren't getting heard. The "Musicians Secrets Podcast" is the voice for independent and talented musicians that aren't getting the recognition they deserve. A podcast from musicians for musicians. If you want to support amazing musicians from all over the world, then this is your podcast!
2. Give hope to the next generation of musicians 
Growing up I thought you needed to be signed to a label to "make it" in the music business. Later in life I realised how wrong I was! Through my music degree in England I got to meet so many independent talented musicians that were making a living off of their music and therefor braking those false believes I grew up with. The more musicians I talk to, the more I realise how wrong my perception and ideas of songwriters were. 

By giving these musicians this platform to share their stories, I hope that it will give you the courage to start making music too. To pick up that dusty guitar, to start playing live gigs and most importantly share your stories through songwriting. There isn't one set way to be a musician! Everyone on this podcast come from different walks of life. The only thing connecting them is music. The only one that qualifies you as a songwriter, is you! And your time is now! 
We are stronger together! 

Much Love,
Alise & Toni

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