“Just never get discouraged but how long it’s taking because usually the quicker they come the faster they go. I’ve seen a lot of people fall off in front of my eyes right when it seemed like they were gaining a buzz.”
Check out the interview with Lxrd G-Rxd exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
L.G.R: Well, it was always something I would play around with, to be honest. My environment was always surrounded by some type of music. So I guess it was something that was always there that I never really paid attention to as a child. It’s funny because growing up my Dad used to have me beatbox in front of family and friends. Looking back on it I laugh but it was pretty dope. It wasn’t until I got kicked out of my high school my senior that I actually started to explore creating music to call my own. I can still remember my first studio session at one of my boys’ crib. It just felt right hearing my voice watching everybody go crazy in his living room. Those were the vibes man we spent a lot of time in there just trying to find ourselves musically. I wouldn’t trade those experiences from then til now because I learned so many valuable lessons. Of course, it’s been a lot of bumps in the road but that’s with anything in life, but u have to learn to fall in love with the grind. My main goal is to give the listener an experience that will stick for eternity.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest advice would probably be to not set any limitations on yourself. There’s going to be enough people doing that on the sidelines. Along with making sure your art is protected you have to also make sure your in it for the right reasons. If all you want is the fame and fortune it will show up quicker than you might expect. I will say that it’s different for different people, one man it might take ten years while another only two months. Just never get discouraged but how long it’s taking because usually the quicker they come the faster they go. I’ve seen a lot of people fall off in front of my eyes right when it seemed like they were gaining a buzz.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I would say the only challenge is myself. I’m not going to blame something I can control on the next man or circumstance. I think everybody is there own worst critic but I don’t think everybody faces that criticism head on. This is just me personally, and I’m saying this because it’s a lot easier to fool yourself than face the truth. My biggest challenge for me is understanding that everything I do is not going to be perfect, but I also feel that my imperfections is what makes me perfect as a whole. It’s all how u perceive it, that’s all life is anyway.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
There’s really no set formula. And that’s just me being real with you. I mean yea, you can the follow the blueprint from those who have gone before you but ultimately you have to write your own story. We live in an era now where it’s more clear than ever that there really aren’t any rules to go about when it comes to music. Just do what you feel because the people can feel instantly if something isn’t organic. You want to talk about leaving a lasting impression, because more often than not all you have is one shot at a new fan or listener. So just do what you feel no matter how crazy it may seem. I will say that connecting with people on a more personal level goes a long way and would save you a lot of the extra motions.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
You got to love it. It’s a lot of people in my city that do this, and it’s growing by the hundreds every day so you can only imagine the clutter in the music scene. It’s a little bit of what drives me though, I get excited when I see other artists in my city getting recognition because it just shows me it’s not as far as you think. On the other side, with so much people doing it you can easily get lost in the wave. It’s a lot of talent in my city though and we all challenge each other on a bigger scale that was not even conscious of.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
No disrespect but I used to view things that way. Until I sat back and observed how fast things can change in one month let alone a year. I would kind of be doing myself an injustice by not solely focusing on the day at hand. I determine tomorrow’s outlook by what I do today. So I can’t really give you an honest answer because my whole view of life might change tomorrow. I’m just trying to flow through life like water, adapting to all things and situations surrounding me.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Everything….everything is my biggest inspiration. I feel like it something to be learned from everything. Nothing in life exists without a purpose, without a purpose your dead. So my job is to find that purpose through my everyday motions and reflect it. I just so happen to have the gift of music so that’s the lens I choose to shine my light through. I can’t look up to anybody, I can’t afford to. In order to look up, I would have to be under. And quite frankly I know my capabilities and I humbly boast it at all times. I really mean that to the core though, once I came to this realization I let go of a lot of the things that were holding me back.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I feel like we’re in a different time now. We in this day and age have perfected the feeling in music in my opinion. It’s not so much what you’re listening to but more so the feeling u get when hearing it. Especially now where fans pretty much stick to certain types of sounds that they like or prefer to listen to. I love the music today, it keeps my mind open in a sense. I personally pride myself on substance but I’ve grown to understand sometimes it doesn’t need to be required to make a good song.
Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
No thank you for having me. I appreciate you asking and gaining insight to my life. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter @lxrd_g_rxd. Also, my SoundCloud is Lxrd G-Rxd.