Konrad Wert’s first exposure to music was in the small Mennonite community where he grew up in southern Florida. The church setting taught him how to sing, and he later started picking up stringed instruments when his mother enrolled him in public school. Years later, it was a fellow student who inspired Wert to take music in a different direction.
“I remember a guy who was a sophomore and he was playing all these ballads like Guns N’ Roses, and he was telling us about how he would go out on the street and perform and make money,” Wert said. “I was playing out more, playing on the street more, and I realized, hey, you can make a little bit of money.”