The Soundcloud Craze By Katie Holt

Music can inspire millions, and that’s exactly what Freshmen HJ Mirts, Colin Tornstrom, and Junior Tyson Wood want to do. Each of them creates their own music in hopes of making it big and changing the lives of those around them.

Wood has been making music for about three years now and since then, he has only risen in fame. “You can get my music on every platform from Tidal to Spotify. I’ve even had a few shows.”

Wood has big dreams.

“In the next couple of months, I’m hoping to open for a bigger artist like Waka Flocka Flame. It’s a work in progress right now, though. It’s crazy because when I first started, nobody knew me, and everyone who did said my music wasn’t good and wouldn’t make it. But, it’s not like that anymore. I’ve gained a lot of respect, and that’s all I really want in my career.”

In contrast to Wood, Tornstrom has been working on his music for a year, and Mirts has been making music for about three months now.

“I like to write about whatever inspires me,” Tornstrom said.

Mirts said, “My music is me trying to express myself or trying to connect to other people or help them get through hard times. Right now, I’m honestly just toying around with it and having fun.”

Both Mirts’s and Tornstrom’s music is available on YouTube and SoundCloud. Each hope to get their music on Spotify and Apple Music.

As Mirts described, that can be a difficult process. “First, you have to get your music copyrighted and submit those rights so you’re not producing other people’s music and taking their money. Then, you have to find a distribution service if you don’t have a record label.”

You can listen to both Mirts and Tornstrom’s music under their stage names $Shorty and Collin C-Storm, respectively.

Mirts’ name may seem unusual to many, but he explained how he wanted it to be something people could say to others. “It’s pronounced dollar sign shorty. I decided on my name with my friends because how would you be able to say $horty? $Shorty made more sense to us.”

Tornstrom also has a unique stage name. He releases his music under the name C-Storm. “The idea came from my 6th grade P.E. coach at Sacred Heart. He called my brothers Ethan and Joseph E-Strom and J-Strom, but for some reason, he called me C-Storm instead of C-Strom. It became a nickname people called me and it stuck.”

Mirts and Tornstrom have found inspiration in Wood in their own ways. They’ve seen him climb the ladder of success and hope to do the same.

When asked about junior Wood, Mirts became more animated. “He inspires me so much. He has great music and helps me out a lot with my lyrics. When I’m a bigger artist, I hope to make some music together. He’s good at what he does, and I want to get onto that level.”

Meanwhile, Tornstrom finds inspiration in Wood’s success. “It’s cool that he’s able to have his own concerts. I really respect his work as an artist.”

However, Wood had to earn the respect associated with his name. At first, he struggled. “The first show I ever had was a total bust,” Wood said, shaking his head, laughing. “Everyone there was booing me off stage, it was terrible. I could’ve stopped then and let that discourage me, but I just kept going and kept working towards my goal.”

Wood said he recognizes that he can be seen as an inspiration to the two, and he wants them to know they should never give up on their music, regardless of what people say. “I see a lot of myself in them. I was about their age when I started, and no one really believed in me. My advice to them is to keep making music and to keep working on their craft. You can’t rush anything, you have to work hard, but it’ll pay off in the end.”

While Wood inspires the rappers of KCHS, he takes inspiration from Tupac, Biggie, Jay-Z, and Drake. He says the respect associated with their name is what really inspires him.

Each of the rappers of KCHS have their own ideas of what “making it” is.

Mirts says, “I want to do music for the rest of my life. I love rap, it’s what I listen to and what I really know. But really, my goals are for $Shorty to become a household name and to help out my parents financially. “

Tornstrom says, “If everything goes as planned, I’d like this to be my career for the rest of my life. It’s what I’m passionate about. I want a fan base big enough to where I can make a profit because once I have that I can buy new equipment and find ways to improve my music.”

Wood says, “My end goal with this career is to have a well-known name that carries respect. You don’t have to respect my music, but I want you to respect what I do.”

All three rappers hope you enjoy their music and find happiness through it. Their music is all available on SoundCloud, and Wood’s music is available on all streaming platform.