While many of her peers listen to just about everything from their musical idols, local teen Aniko Forgo has gone a step further.
After attending a concert by Vernon-raised musician Andrew Allen last year, Forgo was inspired to not only make contact with the hit singer-songwriter, who now lives in L.A., she became one his most ardent supporters.
Not only has she shared his music, videos and news with her friends and on her social networks, Forgo has started a new project, conducting a series of interviews with local musicians.
Entitled Getting to Know: her first interview, being published today in this very newspaper, is with none other than Allen who is returning home for the holidays and will give a concert at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Wednesday, Dec. 18.
“I initially saw Andrew perform in concert with Stef Lang and Collin Bullock and met him after the show. He was so nice. I later sent him a message on Facebook and he sent a reply back and we started talking,” said Forgo, a Grade 12 student at Kalamalka Secondary School, coincidently the same school that Allen graduated from in 1999.
“I’ve been to every show of his ever since.”
Forgo has also used her connection with Allen to contact other musicians.
Two of them, Windmills (Cory Myraas) and Jodi Pederson, have opened for and performed with Allen. They, like Allen, are making a name for themselves beyond these borders.
Those subsequent interviews (in Q&A fashion) will be printed in upcoming editions of The Morning Star.
The interviews have even come with endorsements by the musicians themselves.
“My heart was filled with joy when Aniko contacted me to inquire writing a Q&A article about myself and my music,” said Pederson, who is now based in Vancouver.
“It’s not everyday you see such a selfless act, and I believe it deserves to be commended.”
As for Forgo’s intentions, it is simply a way of sharing her love of music and supporting the talent that’s out there.
“I try to befriend them more than just be a fan. I treat them like normal people, and talk to them right away,” said Forgo, who is still figuring out where she wants to go from here.
A job as an entertainment reporter or music promoter looks promising.
“I am just enjoying doing this for fun right now, but it would be neat if I got a career out of this. I like to write. I like music. I hope to find something in the middle. I’ve even considered audio engineering,” she said.