Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Talent led me here, passion is making me stay.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
Growing a legitimate fan base. Influencing people, I’ve never met with my music and content. I receive messages of support every single day from a “fan”. It’s surreal at times. Also talking with record labels and people I look up to in the music industry are always crazy moments.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Support the people you like and relate to. Be as humble as possible and if you’re a fan of something or someone, never be afraid to reach out. Follower counts, stream counts or their annual income doesn’t matter. This industry thrives off give and take relationships – give respect and support where it’s due and watch the same happen to you.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
This question makes me laugh. Of course, there is. My mom is one of my biggest fans but just doesn’t quite get the industry. She likes to see tangible results such as money, articles or a co-sign from somebody she knows and respects. However, she believes in me to the fullest. I am more grateful towards a few girls that I’ve spent my time with, though. They know who they are. These people never ever let me quit on my bad days. These people saw how happy creating music and releasing it to the world made me. These people helped me realize that being myself is all I can do. This industry can suck your soul and make you forget who you are. These special few people always made me remember who I am, what I’m capable of and what I’m about to be. Thanks, ladies!
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
There are a few ways I’m able to do this, now. I am not a man who walks the most righteous of paths, but I do think that I am a good person in some sense of the word. Now, I have kids and talented artists that are really looking up to me. I’m able to give some sort of mentorship to these guys and gals and it makes me feel incredible. My music is emotionally driven and usually has a depressing undertone. I talk about my experience with life, mostly the negative ones. But those songs, in turn, do something positive to the ones listening to it. I’ve received countless messages of support telling me how I’ve gotten somebody through the night, made somebody forget about an ex or be able to move on, people who have quit doing drugs because of my music, etc. It’s overwhelming at times because now, my music has become bigger than me. I have a responsibility and that’s crazy. I’m still learning how to be responsible for my responsibilities. But I love music and I love the people it impacts. I hope I get to do this forever and continue to bring more “goodness” to the people who can receive it.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Agree to Disagree.” that quote is hard to explain how much it means to me. To keep it short, my mother is my best friend in the whole world, growing up our relationship was extremely complex due to various dysfunctions happening in our household and our persons. I grew up around a lot of abuse and addiction and because of that, I was a very angry kid at times. When my mom got sober, we would still always argue as I was (and still am) a hothead. When things got bad, she would just say we should “Agree to Disagree”. When she explained to me what that means, it changed my life. I apply it everywhere now in my adult life. It’s saved me from burning bridges with people and making a fool out of myself, in most cases at least! It’s taught me how important it is to just bite your tongue at times. Some things aren’t even worth your energy and aren’t worth fighting for, or over.