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(Musical) keys to success

EarthEarth Patravee
Course: Diploma of Music in Songwriting, 2016
Institution: JMC Academy
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Since graduating from Australia’s JMC Academy with a Diploma of music in songwriting, Earth Patravee has gone on to become one of Thailand’s most popular music artists. Her most recent music clip on YouTube has reached a massive 3.84 million views and she has a fanbase of more than 423,000 followers on Facebook.

Earth has also been selected as an ambassador for Spotify’s ‘Equal Project’, launched in March 2021. The project is designed to foster equity for young women in audio projects.

Despite the inability to perform to fans in recent times, and lost income from live concerts, Earth has kept on writing and recording new music from home.

She says technology has been a saving grace.

“I was lucky to get to play online concerts, and making video clips on YouTube really helps,” says Earth.

Before coming to JMC Academy in 2016, the 29-year-old had already released three singles and performed live in Thailand.

It was a good experience until I found myself kind of stuck,” she explains.

I wanted to understand music better. My goal was to be a singer-songwriter, so writing my own song felt primal for me.

Earth says her Australian education experience was seeded when she went to Melbourne for a holiday.

“I felt like I could fit in there and later I found that JMC had the perfect course for me, so I didn’t hesitate to go there.

“Some say that songwriting is a hard thing to teach another person, but I really believed that it is a form of art that can be learnt and practiced and JMC really confirmed my belief.

While in Melbourne she lived in a Flinders street studio apartment, surrounded by a hive of creativity.

“In Melbourne, I had plenty of chances to go to concerts just by walking or by tram, I visited artsy markets every weekend, and hung out by the public spaces like the State Library or parks. It just made me so happy.

JMC was also a very friendly place for her to learn the craft.

“I love that all the teachers are professional musicians who also work and live in the music field,” she says.

“Having a chance to go see your teacher perform at their own gig is an experience beyond studying. We can kind of get to understand their way of living as well."

The young star says her fame wasn’t a break, but really a wave that was created when she began singing cover songs on her YouTube account. It was around this time she started being recognised.

“For me fame in the music industry is in some way like a wave that will fall down from time to time if you don’t have the song that can keep you going. And it will rise up whenever your song is being loved by the audience. I really like it though because it means that all we have to do is keep on coming up with songs we love.

Earth says she hopes to return to the live music scene soon as this is where she gets the most ‘buzz’ out of the music she creates.

I think this pandemic has really affected our plans, but we should try our best not to let it deter our goals.

“It’s true that it’s hard to plan our lives in the long term but maybe we can try to set our goals day by day. If studying in Australia is your main goal, what we can do in the meantime is to get closer to that goal. Or even better, if you have your dream goal, like for me I wanted to be a better musician, what you can do is to be a better version of yourself everyday.”

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