For the second time in three years, CDS senior T.C. Le has won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for electronic music. His winning song “Parallel VIP” and finalist piece “Titan Serum” show his growth over the past two years in the electronic music arena.
Senior, T.C. Le, aka Tsoysauce, has been creating music for as long as he can remember. First with the piano at the age of six, then moving on to the trumpet in middle school and picking up the drums and snare in 8th grade. When Carrollwood Day School started a spirit band, T.C. was just starting high school and was excited to join. His love for music continued and in 2019 he was invited to play at Carnegie Hall, which was one of his most memorable musical moments.
When the pandemic forced more time at home, T.C. took this opportunity to take his music to the next level. His equipment grew to meet his imagination and he utilized software, mixers, audio tracks, and sometimes even his friends’ voices. He has Spotify and YouTube channels showcasing his work and has performed at various venues over the past couple of years.
In 2020, Tsoysauce won his first John Lennon Electronic division award. He followed that win up with an invitation to feature an original composition at the annual Florida Music Educators Convention making him a 6-time presenter at the convention. That was as a sophomore in high school. Then in 2022, the summer before T.C.’s senior year, he was thrilled to be invited to the 18th annual Grammy Camp program in Los Angeles. One of only 81 high school students nationwide to be invited he was able to work with music industry professionals and collaborate with other musicians across the country.
T.C. has been accepted into Berklee College of Music and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins. He is not sure which direction he will go as of this press release. Carrollwood Day School and his music teacher, James Mayo, can’t wait to see what the future holds, but we’re sure you’ll be hearing his name in the future.