Ultra Violet Live competitor profile: The Stoic Poets
February 24, 2014
Name: The Stoic Poets
Members: Pat Birk, Camille Getz, Ned Stevens and Henry Vaughn
Dorm: Coral Towers residence hall
What is your biggest inspiration?
Pat: I don’t really have one. I love The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin and really a ton of other stuff. I’m inspired by my dad, who taught me to play guitar, and my mom, who encouraged me to try music in the first place.
Camille: I’m inspired by musical child prodigies because they make me wonder what I’m doing with my life.
Ned: My biggest inspiration is probably my dad. He’s a musician and he has always made it possible for me to love music while still taking it seriously.
How long have you been performing and what made you interested in performing in the first place?
Pat: I’ve been performing since I was 4 years old, when I started playing piano. I didn’t sing with a band until I was 14. It just looked like it was a lot of fun, so I figured I’d try it. Also, I wasn’t good at
Camille: I started playing violin and viola when I was four because I had a friend who played the violin and I wanted to try it too. I started performing with string quartets and youth symphonies beginning in middle school.
Ned: I’ve been playing since I was a little kid and started performing with my dad at an early age, so it’s something that’s always been a part of my life.
Henry: I’ve been performing for my whole life. I do it for the honeys.
What made you decide to participate in the UVL Prelims?
Pat: I went to UVL last year and was super impressed and I decided I wanted to try and play in it this year.
Camille: Pat told me that he was entering UVL and I thought it’d be fun to join.
Ned: I participated in the prelims last year, but my group didn’t prepare nearly as much as we should have, so when Pat asked me to do it this year I decided it would be fun to try again.
Henry: I was forced to.
What was the first thing that went through your mind when you found out you were advancing to the finals at Skirball?
Pat: I was pretty excited. But it also made me hope that we had just gotten the ball rolling on something that would go beyond UVL.
Camille: “Now I have to figure out what to wear.”
Ned: Just pure excitement. It’ll be probably the biggest audience I’ve ever played for, which is probably the thing that excites me most as a performer.
Henry: I joined the band after that happened. So basically a tower of money.
What would winning UVL mean to you?
Pat: Winning would be great, but I’m really more excited to try and put on a great show and reach as many people as possible.
Camille: My parents are coming out from California to see me, so winning would just make me really proud.
Ned: Winning UVL would be simultaneously so gratifying and so motivating. It’s a wonderful feeling to see all the work you’ve put in as an individual and as a member of a group start to yield tangible results.
Henry: It would mean that we won UVL.
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Feb. 24 print edition. Bryna Shuman is features editor. Email her at [email protected]