Coupled with every story of success is a story of struggle, hard work, and persistent ambition. Totem Star gives young artists the opportunity to rub shoulders with guest artists and music industry professionals during intimate Q&A sessions called The Story. Hearing stories straight from the best in the biz sends a strong message: There is no fast track to creative excellence. Only one percent of the game is talent and skill. The rest is commitment and perseverance.


Note: We should mention that The Story was, is, and always will be a conversation between our special guests and youth attendees. Grown ups are more than welcome to attend but we ask that you participate by supporting youth voice and observing in silence.

Past Guests of The Story:
Momma Nikki
Gabriel Teodros
Clinton Fearon
Guayaba & doNormaal
Nikkita Oliver (Seattle Peoples Party)
Wil-Dog Abers (Ozomatli)
Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest)
Justo (The Physics)
Brian Myers (Blue Scholars)
Prometheus Brown (Blue Scholars)
Catherine Harris-White a.k.a. Sassy Black
Daniel Pak and Thaddeus Turner (Thaddillac)
Aaron Walker-Loud (Big World Breaks) and Jazmyn Scott (The Town Entertainment)
Owuor Arunga and Greg Kramer (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) 
Otieno Terry and Max Levin