My name is Antonio Ruiz, and for my independent project, I made a Lo-Fi-based album. Lo-Fi (Low Fidelity), is a genre of music typically found in many different playlists meant for relaxing and studying. This was the main goal of my project, to find music that others can study or even nap too. Starting out, I didn’t really know what Lo-Fi was. I knew that it was music for others to study, but I didn’t understand why. After listening to countless hours of the genre, I was able to pinpoint the different ways in which Lo-Fi allows others to study. First of all, it is instrumental. I don’t find myself to be a particularly talented singer/rapper, so Lo-Fi allowed my compositional skills to be in the spotlight. Because Lo-Fi typically does not have any vocals, it allows the listener to focus on another thing, almost like it’s just background noise. Another reason that Lo-Fi is great to listen to is because of the way it’s meant to please the listener. A lot of Lo-Fi songs are sad, but I made it my goal to try to distance myself from that. Most of my songs have a bit of spirit in them. My process of creating a song was different from most. I had about 3 songs all in progress at the same time. This was so if I learned something new, whether it be technique or music related, all my songs in progress would benefit. However, this made the whole process a significant amount slower. Throughout working on my project, I interviewed a few members of the music community. I started out with my Piano teacher, who has become a successful artist who knows about the industry. I later interviewed a full-time producer named Daniel Olson. He and I were able to talk about the future and what this project could lead to. Lastly, I interviewed my nanny of 10 years who has now moved on to Spotify. She was able to explain the business aspect of music, and sent me many resources detailing how to get my music out there. Through the use of my project, I hope to further my knowledge of the music industry and hopefully find a career out of it one day. Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy my music.