4 CSU freshmen pursue music career together

Isabelle Rayburn

Music can be seen as a universal language to many people, but for these musicians, music is their life. 

Four freshmen Colorado State University students started jamming together in a music room in the dorms about a month ago. One day, they made a song, and it flowed nicely without trying. Now they plan to make a band. 


Undeclared freshman Bronson Rivera, undeclared freshman Sophia Luna, undeclared freshman Angel Salazar and undeclared  freshman Andy Truong started writing music about a month ago. They have written five songs, and have been working on an untitled EP. (Seth Bodine | Collegian)

“Music has got me through a lot of stuff,”undeclared freshman Angel Salazar said.  “I always put on a song to kind of take me down from all that stress and anxiety. Or when I’m happy, I always have a happy playlist. It’s molded me in a sense because music is an art like poetry, and the lyrics always have a message.”  

Salazar isn’t the only one who feels this way about music. 

“Music is an escape for me from the real world,” undeclared freshman Andy Truong said. “Music is sort of the thing that you don’t stress about. You could pretty much do anything with music.”

The group plays alternative music, but undeclared freshman Bronson Rivera said they didn’t choose the genre, it chose them. 

“When I listen to music and just let it consume every atom in my bones, I become more than myself,” Rivera said. “I become the voice that is singing in the lyrics. I become the person it was written for”

At the end of the day, the band has some advice to others who want to start making music. They all believe that the music industry doesn’t see many minorities and that they can fight that and pave the way for other minorities. 

“Work hard at it, practice makes perfect,” Rivera said. “Make music that you would listen to, and create it from the heart use any spontaneous idea. The wilder, the better. Give it your own voice. And lastly, believe. It’s amazing what people can do when they believe in something greater than themselves”

Rivera is a poet, so he helps with song lyrics. Salazar and other group member, undeclared freshman Sophia Luna, sing. Truong and Luna play guitar.  

It’s amazing what people can do when they believe in something greater than themselves”-Bronson Rivera, Undeclared CSU student

The group is in contact with  Jered Lish, the person who guided actor William Shewfelt. He told them to make an EP, and they are hoping that he paves the way for them to get their career started.  

“The greatest obstacle is yourself; many people can tell you that you’re great and you’re good, but at the end of the day, if you don’t believe in yourself, you’re going to bring yourself down,” Salazar said.


Collegian reporter Isabelle Rayburn can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com or on Twitter @Seiss_Diosaa.