Austin Lakata was obsessed with writing rock songs as a student. But instead of being in a band and collaborating with people, he found it satisfying to write all of the parts himself. It wasn't until late in school that he was willing to expand his horizons, and try writing music for the school concert band. His enjoyment of composing comes from the fact that it is a totally independent process. "In the end its your song, and you're the one that has to put it onto the paper."