I, Thadeus Duval, was born in Paris, France on the 31st of January in 1990. Shortly after my only brother was born, my family and I relocated to Miami, FL to live in a slightly smaller city as well as be closer to the paternal side of my family, all of whom live in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. After growing up through the local public school system and experiencing a wonderful childhood with the neighborhood kids (skateboarding, manhunt, flag football, going to the movies every weekend, etc.), I began to develop a passion for music at around the age of 10. The first instrument I was introduced to was the double bass.
I pursued my musical interests by playing in the orchestral, jazz, and concert bands of Nautilus Middle School and when it was time to decide what I was going to do for high school I chose to apply to an Magnet High School by the name of New World School of the Arts. Fortunately, or unfortunately, I got in and was given the chance to consistently develop my bass playing for 4 more years. There is nothing really noteworthy to say about these 4 years of my life other than that I met some people who influenced me and that I figured out I was gay towards the later part of it. (Admittedly, that would not be doing quite enough justice to that part of my life. At New World, I had some great teachers who inspired a love of jazz, mathematics, and history in me and I met some people who I still am in contact with today.)
Anyway I wrote my first jazz compositions and recording my first rap E.P. while I was a senior in high school, and, without thinking twice about it, I found myself applying to colleges around the U.S.A. with the intention of pursuing a degree in Music Performance. Where I ended up was Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. I pursued my bass playing pretty intensely over my Freshman and Sophomore years at Northwestern and eventually developed chronic tendonitis in both arms, thereby cutting any hopes of a professional career as a Double Bassist quite short.
Due to the injury, I decided that I should take the year off and hopefully rehabilitate myself in order to pick up where I left off once I was healed. My parents supported this decision and have supported, financially and emotionally, every decision I have ever made in my life and for that I can say that I love my parents and would not trade them for any others in the world. Anyhow, I spent my time during this 'year off' by reading and I read some amazing books. I also picked up Logic (a music production application) and learned that I could make albums entirely by myself with my computer. As the year went by, my arm was not getting better and so I just kept on reading and reading (I read about 40 books that year) and producing music (I produced 4 albums that year) and when it was time for me to pick up my schooling where I had left off, I decided to re-enter Northwestern as an Ad-Hoc Music Major with a Minor in Computer Science.
And now, a year later after that fateful decision, I am a senior at Northwestern who is on track to complete his Major and Minor in the Spring of 2014 and that's about it. I have a 3.2 GPA and love my life.
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