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Who What Why: Insa Schumann

31st March 2021

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As part of our Music Made Us campaign, BIMM student Insa Schumann tells us what inspired her route into music, why she chose to study Vocals, and what drew her to Hamburg.

Who inspired your route into music?

It is honestly so hard for me to name one particular person who inspired my route into music. Music always played a big role in my life and family. When I was a child, we used to always sing at home. I remember going to my first musical theatre when I was five-years-old, and I was so amazed by it; I wanted to become a musical theatre actress.

My desire to do music as my profession faded as I got older because I simply thought I’d never be good enough. I had always loved music. I sang in different choirs and school bands, played piano and guitar. But I guess it would have been my best friend who actually sparked my dream of becoming an artist. I got to know her while rehearsing some songs for a social evening at school and we immediately clicked. Later, we started writing our first own songs together, recorded an EP and went on two busking tours through Germany. Ever since meeting her, I knew I wanted to become a full-time artist.

Your voice is the most personal instrument you could play.

What made you choose to study Vocals?

I was a bit torn between Songwriting and Vocals when I decided I wanted to study at BIMM. I have always loved songwriting and wanted to learn more about it, improve my writing skills, gain new perspectives.

But I guess singing has always been my biggest passion and there is just so much I still need to learn and want to get to know about my voice. In my opinion, your voice is the most personal instrument you could play, and I want to learn how to use it healthily and express my emotions with it.

Why is Hamburg right for you?

Obviously, Hamburg has a great history regarding the music industry and is often called a music metropolis. The city offers a wide range of bars and clubs to play or see a live show at. But I wouldn’t say that this necessarily majorly influenced my decision.

I grew up in a small town right in the middle of the Hamburg-Hannover-Bremen Bermuda Triangle. When I was younger, we always used to take the train to Hamburg to go shopping or see a live concert so it feels kind of like home to me. Also, I am really drawn to water, which Hamburg has a lot of. It’s hard to explain but Hamburg just felt right.

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Matt Leppier

Matt Leppier works as a Senior Marketing Officer for BIMM University's central marketing team. Alongside this, runs Off Licence Magazine as a Managing Editor, and hosts a radio shows on Balamii. He loves travel, collecting records, DJing and following the NBA.