My name is Ant Utama, a singer-songwriter from New Zealand, now based in Germany. Back home I worked a 9-5 job in Marketing, in my comfort zone with the security of a steady income. I used to see music as an unattainable dream, but 18 months ago, against the wishes of my parents, I packed up what courage I could fit in a backpack and headed to Germany to follow my heart.
I found myself living by busking the streets of Cologne and from interactions with friendly passerby’s I realised I wasn’t the only one going through a transformative journey. So many people are hustling. To change career paths, start new businesses or simply do what makes them happy. Almost all of the time, they were up against the criticism of family, friends and society as a whole.
Armed with my new experiences and encounters, I found my purpose as an artist. It was to inspire and encourage people to be brave and pursue their dreams and aspirations, through my music. To help those who are already well on their way continue their momentum, and to give others that little push they need to take the leap. That is my mission.
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