Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I started writing music as a child, because I was moved from school to school every year, and the music was my only consistency. I played the piano, guitar, and drums. I was in several punk bands as a teenager, then started producing hip hop with a program called Acid Pro around 2007. I later got scouted as a producer by Atlantic Records’ Mike Carran, then started taking music production seriously. I started producing for several other camps, for artists from Snoop Dogg to Nipsey Hussle. I wrote music for years as a producer/songwriter at DJ Skee’s camp “SkeeLive” and after that, I decided to pursue a solo career as Lox Chatterbox. I placed several tracks with Mt. Dew, NBC, Fox Sports, and tons of NHL, NBA, and NCAA games. My music slowly acquired a grassroots following from getting high exposure on SoundCloud and youtube channels from 2015-2017 or so. In 2018 I had about with gastric cancer, I moved to Canada, got healthy, and have just recently returned to California to start creating music again full time. Some of my more popular releases are “Dead To Me”, “Confess”, and “Controls”.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
I have no idea, to be honest. I met 2chainz and Logic back in 2011/2012 before they were huge artists, I had no idea the giant level of stars that they would one day become. Also working with Snoop Dogg and Nipsey Hussle was pretty cool. I’ve got to open up for Ice Cube when I was 19. I did a show with Jedi Mind Tricks and accidentally drank Vinny Paz’s Corvosier and he got super pissed. I went to Ariana Grande’s brother Frankies’ Bday party and met her and their parents once. I did a music video with the Ganja Girls, who ended up becoming famous porn stars, which is pretty hilarious. I got to meet some of my biggest influences like Del the funkyhomosapian, Planet Asia, and Rass Kass. Not too sure if anything is really interesting though.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
I think balance is important, I try to maintain a healthy work/play balance and spend a lot of time keeping both my body and my brain healthy. Don’t underestimate sleep and a healthy diet. It’s very conductive to creativity. Socializing, exercise, traveling, these are things that I get inspiration from but I have to remind myself to make time for. As they say, treat yo self.
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?
An engineer named Jamie Kuse from Vancouver taught me so much as a young producer, he hooked me up with plugins and programs- he helped me with mixing and mastering, everything. I owe a lot to him, still to this day. He was a huge inspiration as a producer and engineer and motivated me to work on the quality of my work. He also taught me to be humble and open to positive criticism.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I try to inspire people to think for their own, I think music is a powerful tool to inspire individualism and creativity. “Don’t be scared to be yourself“- “you’re not the only one that feels this way”- I think that message helps inspire people to make the world a better place, by taking chances and making waves.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
When I was a child, my father once told me “don’t look at the mountain, just keep climbing” and that really stuck with me. There have been many times in my life where I have felt overwhelmed and against impossible odds, rather than focusing on the obstacles and that bit of wisdom helped me keep moving forward.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
@loxchatterbox on Instagram, Youtube and Twitter.