What is your relationship to the piano?
It was a funny journey...From age 14 to 16 I was a hip-hop lyricist and artist. At age 16 I decided to try my hand at production after my best friend, who was the producer of the group, got involved with some other activities during our after school music time. Mainly having a girlfriend... LOL...
After a couple months of trying my hand at production I realized that I had a knack for it. And then decided that if I could do this this well without a musical education I could take my music to the next level with studying formally. So, at age 17 I grabbed my fathers adult piano course books that he wasn’t using and taught myself how to read music.
I also was so infatuated with the hip-hop band The Roots that I wanted to take my group and turn our three man rap group into a three man instrumental trio and rap group where we wrapped and played our instruments.
By age 18 I took a liking to the live gospel music of the church that I was attending and it peaked my interest to become a pianist/organist.
At age 21 I landed at my first job as a Church Musician; quit my 9-to-5 and studied music for 30 hours a week while working for the church for about 10 hours per week. Over the next couple of years I used that freedom to study other genres of music and also to become a jazz and improvising piano artist.
How did you learn how to play the piano?
At age 19 I was fortunate to find a mentor who would take me under his wing to give me weekly lessons for gospel piano, music theory and personal and business etiquette.
What is your preparation before a performance?
Before a performance I like to take some time to meditate, relax, listen to some of my favorite artists.
What has been your best performance thus far and why?
Although I am now a much more skilled, advanced and imaginative as an artist I feel like my best performance was my very first one in 2001. The reason is that like so many journeys in life the most significant and courageous step is the first one. The courage to be vulnerable and transparent and bear my soul in front of an audience is the most inspiring step of my journey for me. The most fortunate aspect of the equation is that I was in the mist of a community that was supportive, loving, and caring which are the principles that help a human being of any age and of any activity to have the foundation need it for moving toward being and feeling successful.
Where do you see your career in the next five years?
In the next five years I see myself traveling the globe with my concept Street Serenades.
Since May 29, 2020 I have done one hundred and twenty-three pop-up piano concerts all across my community and I am currently creating short tours traveling around the United States. This venture is now the most important type of performance for me. And now my most important stage to me--even though I’ve played on stages such as the Kennedy Center and blues alley--our lakes, porches, sidewalks, parks and streets of our communities!
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About Aaron Hill
Aaron Hill is a bit of a renaissance man and polymath with a wide range of talents and areas of knowledge and expertise in the fields of music, audio engineering, philosophy, theology, psychology, psychotherapy, mindfulness, meditation, business and entrepreneurship to name a few. Hill's educational background includes certifications in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee School of Music and Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts. Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Aaron is a piano artist, composer, producer, audio engineer, talk show host, educator, entrepreneur, creative brand and marketing strategist and thought leader using all his knowledge and expertise to freely help as many as he can in whatever way he can. Hill’s life motto comes from the Mahailia Jackson lyric “If I can help somebody, then my living isn’t in vain”.