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By ANTHONY DOLCE [email protected] Collin Lacki of Brocton has accomplished a lot in his 21 years. In such a short time, Lacki has been in several different bands and even released his own Extended Play last month, titled “Flipside.” And all of his musical accomplishments become even more impressive when you find out he can’t really see. A month before his fifth birthday, Lacki said cataracts were found on his eyes, and since then he has had 13 eye surgeries over the years, and his vision has also fluctuated over that time. When he was around 10, Lacki said his vision was near perfect, but when he was 12 he began to develop glaucoma, causing vision loss in his left eye. Then, at almost 14, he had to undergo surgery on his right eye from which he has never recovered to this day, leaving him with limited sight in his left eye. “Right now I’m pretty much completely blind in my right eye and can see a foot in front of me with my left eye,” Lacki said. Lacki comes from a family with strong military ties and has always seen himself following in the footsteps of the many men in his family before him. However, once his vision got worse and worse, military goals had to be put aside. What should not have been overlooked was his love of music, which began at the age of eight, learning to play the keyboard on his grandfather’s electric organ. “He taught me how to play when I was very young,” he said. “It piqued my curiosity and I’ve had it ever since. I kept the muscle memory of when I played when I was younger and now I learned to play better recently. Lacki was in his first band at age 16, a metal band called Through the Storm, although the band couldn’t weather the storm as all of the members were old enough to go to college. But Through the Storm gave Lacki his first real chance at songwriting. See MUSICIAN, Page A3 Musician “They had a singer who ended up leaving, so I started taking over songwriting and that was my first experience writing music,” he said. declared. “Whether it’s good or not, probably not, I was 16, but that was my first experience of seeing music as an outlet to bring out any kind of emotion and make other people hear it.” Lacki then attended Niagara County Community College, where he really focused on making the piano his main instrument, as opposed to the bass guitar, which was his main instrument in high school. Lacki took private lessons with a few of the teachers, who he said were very good and accommodating to him and how he needed to learn. NCCC, in a rock ensemble class, is also where Lacki met the members of his next band, Tedesco Knows Best, with Tom Tedesco and Connor Best. Together they played their first show in May 2021. “In a rock set, they split us up into bands and made a bunch of bands and we had a performance at the end of the semester,” Lacki said. “Thomas (Tedesco) came to class and wasn’t even a student, and one thing led to another and I joined as a keyboard player. We’ve done a bunch of shows since. With Tedesco Knows Best, Lacki had the chance to open for The Tubes at the Riviera Theater in October 2021, among many other shows. And while staying with the band, Lacki has recently focused more on his own music. Lacki has begun recording his own music two years ago at Arkwright Loft Studios and his latest EP, “Flipside”, he said, really signifies his change of philosophy. “I started to appreciate the world around me and all that what life had to offer despite my vision loss and unlike the music I wrote before, which was very angry and negative,” Lacki said. “This new release definitely depicts my change to a more positive person. “This fall, Lacki will leave the NCCC for r attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he will pursue music therapy, which he describes as his ironclad dream job. “The trope with musicians is that they have to find a real job, so I want music therapy to be my real job,” Lacki said. “It’s my security. I was in a deep depression and music pulled me out of it. Music has helped me so much and if I can do the same with other people in music therapy, and if I can help people do something I love, that’s the dream job. But there is a dream job above the dream job: Performing. Ultimately, Lacki wants to be a performing artist first and foremost. After his first performances at the age of 16 in Brocton, he just can’t get that initial taste out of his mouth. “After tasting for the first time, I can’t go back,” Lacki said. “I would like to be a performing musician for a living, so whether it’s through therapy or performance, I want to spread good messages through my songs.” Lacki’s EP is available to listen to on all platforms including YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music and more. You can also find Lacki on his Facebook page, Collin Lacki Music. The Tedesco Knows Best Facebook page can also be found by searching for the group name. Photo submitted Collin Lacki released his own Extended Play titled “Flipside” last month.

Collin Lacki of Brocton has accomplished a lot in his 21 years. In such a short time, Lacki has been in several different bands and even released his own Extended Play last month, titled “Opposite side.” And all of his musical accomplishments become even more impressive when you find out he can’t really see.

A month before his fifth birthday, Lacki said cataracts were found on his eyes, and since then he has had 13 eye surgeries over the years, and his vision has also fluctuated over that time. When he was around 10, Lacki said his vision was near perfect, but when he was 12 he began to develop glaucoma, causing vision loss in his left eye. Then, at almost 14, he had to undergo surgery on his right eye from which he has never recovered to this day, leaving him with limited sight in his left eye.

“Currently I’m pretty much completely blind in my right eye and can see a foot in front of me with my left eye,” Lacki said.

Lacki comes from a family with strong military ties and has always seen himself following in the footsteps of the many men in his family before him. However, once his vision got worse and worse, military goals had to be put aside. What should not have been overlooked was his love of music, which began at the age of eight, learning to play the keyboard on his grandfather’s electric organ.

“He taught me to play when I was very young” he said. “It piqued my curiosity and I’ve had it ever since. I kept the muscle memory of when I played when I was younger and now I learned to play better recently.

Lacki was in his first band at age 16, a metal band called Through the Storm, although the band couldn’t weather the storm as all of the members were old enough to go to college. But Through the Storm gave Lacki his first real chance at songwriting.

“They had a singer who ended up leaving, so I started taking over songwriting and that was my first experience writing music,” he said. “Whether it’s good or not, probably not, I was 16, but that was my first experience of seeing music as an outlet to bring out any kind of emotion and make other people hear it.”

Lacki then attended Niagara County Community College, where he really focused on making the piano his main instrument, as opposed to the bass guitar, which was his main instrument in high school. Lacki took private lessons with a few of the teachers, who he said were very good and accommodating to him and how he needed to learn. NCCC, in a rock ensemble class, is also where Lacki met the members of his next band, Tedesco Knows Best, with Tom Tedesco and Connor Best. Together they played their first show in May 2021.

“At a rock ensemble, they would break us up into bands and make a bunch of bands and we had a performance at the end of the semester,” Lacki said. “Thomas (Tedesco) came to class and wasn’t even a student, and one thing led to another and I joined as a keyboard player. We’ve done a bunch of shows since.

With Tedesco Knows Best, Lacki had the chance to open for The Tubes at the Riviera Theater in October 2021, among many other shows. And while staying with the band, Lacki has recently focused more on his own music. Lacki started recording his own music two years ago at Arkwright Loft Studios and his latest EP, “Opposite side,” he said really means his change in philosophy.

“I started to appreciate the world around me and all that life had to offer despite my vision loss and unlike the music I was writing before, which was very angry and negative,” Lacki said. “This new version definitely depicts my change to become a more positive person.”

This fall, Lacki will leave the NCCC to attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he will pursue music therapy, which he describes as his ironclad dream job.

“The trope with musicians is that they have to find a real job, so I want music therapy to be my real job,” Lacki said. “It’s my security. I was in a deep depression and music pulled me out of it.

Music has helped me so much and if I can do the same with other people in music therapy, and if I can help people do something I love, that’s the dream job.

But there is a dream job above the dream job: Performing. Ultimately, Lacki wants to be a performing artist first and foremost. After his first performances at the age of 16 in Brocton, he just can’t get that initial taste out of his mouth.

“After tasting for the first time, I can’t go back” Lacki said. “I would like to be a performing musician for a living, so whether it’s through therapy or performance, I want to spread good messages through my songs.”

Lacki’s EP is available to listen to on all platforms including YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music and more. You can also find Lacki on his Facebook page, Collin Lacki Music. The Tedesco Knows Best Facebook page can also be found by searching for the group name.



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