If you’re teaching yourself how to play instruments, record music and perform to a live audience -- and maybe even earn a sustainable livelihood along the way -- success isn’t as far off as you think.
Case-in-point, Lætitia Tamko who started recording poignant indie rock and electronic music under the name Vagabon three years ago. Her debut LP Infinite Worlds dropped in March and she’s already enjoyed her first headlining tour, sprawling festival crowds, support slots for Tegan and Sara, and a coveted Best New Music nod on Pitchfork.
“I’ve been living in the U.S. since I was 13 and have lived in New York the entire time,” Tamko tells Billboard on this week’s #AlternativeFacts podcast. “Before that, I lived in Cameroon, where my family’s from. I went double-major in engineering when I was at school and started playing music in 2014 when I was about to graduate.”