Ever wondered what your fellow Lyft drivers do when they slide out of Driver Mode? In this new series, we’re taking you behind the ’stache to learn more about the souls powering our movement. Kicking off the series is a singer-songwriter straight from Music City. Meet Aubryn, known in Nashville as IndieLyft.
When she’s not sporting the ’stache, she creates songs, performs, and even has a weekly webcam concert series interviewing local musicians. Check out her work, and learn a little about how Lyft makes her music easier to pursue:
When did you start creating your own music?
Well, I've been singing since before I could talk according to my mom — I used to get in trouble in school for singing all the time — and I've been coming up with lyrics and melodies for longer than I can remember. But the first song that I wrote on an instrument was actually a book report for my seventh-grade class.
What are your goals for your music?
Currently, I have two main goals: One is to get some of my songs published and recorded by major artists, and the other is to build enough of a fan base around the world that I can make a living entirely off of my music, and then some so I can help other amazing musicians I meet reach larger audiences as well.
I want to create a community of amazing musicians who are not only talented, but genuinely good people who deserve success — whatever that means to them. It's really important to help and support each other.
How would you describe your style of music?
I've been calling it soulful bluesy Americana, though it really depends on who I'm singing or playing with. I have a duo called Black Rose Bettys which is Rootsy Folk with Bluegrassy harmonies. Think: The Civil Wars meets the Soggy Bottom Boys from Oh Brother Where Art Thou, but female). I feel like production has a lot to do with genre as well.
How has Lyft helped you pursue your goals?
Lyft has also connected me with other musicians that I happen to pick up or who are also Lyft drivers, who I perhaps never would have met had I not become a Lyft driver. You literally never know who you're going to pick up.
What's your favorite song?
That's a tough one! If I had to choose a song from a local/independent artist I'd have to say "What Money Does" by Adam James. There's another song that's way up there by a guy named Jude called "I Know" which was on the City of Angels soundtrack as well as an episode of House. I also think "I Can't Make You Love Me" may possibly be one of the greatest songs ever written. I like songs that have a message and really mean something.
How have you incorporated music into your Lyft?
I've taken it a step further with my theme IndieLyft because helping spread great music is a huge passion of mine. Each week, I have the "IndieLyft Showdown" where I play two songs from independent artists for my passengers and have them vote on which one they like the best. Whoever wins that week gets to move on to the next week, which means another week of real people getting to hear their music.
I created www.indielyft.com so that people online can check out this week's featured artists. I have the website info for both artists, and a Soundcloud widget so people can hear the songs of the week and lyrics, so they can get more attached to the songs. People seem to love it and think it's a great idea. I'd love to expand with other drivers in different cities eventually.
How do you balance your music with your Lyfting?
Lyft has given me flexibility that I would not have had if I were to stay with my day job. I can go out on tour and build my audience in other cities around the US or even around the world and just not schedule hours with Lyft when I know that I can't work. I know that when I get back I won't have to be freaking out about money because I can go back to driving.
Check out more of Aubryn's work at www.AubrynMusic.com, and tune in next week for another Out of Driver Mode introduction to another member of our growing family.