I’m so willing to say anything that i stop myself from saying mostly everything I want to. While that’s still something I will do more-so about negative things, I want to feel free enough to say the simple things on my mind. I’m a kid with a laptop and hopes of success just like most of you reading this. I think i can finally be myself and musically be open to you guys here and there.
Apparently I’m a ‘rising star’ but i don’t view myself that way. Everyday i just think of what i can do to get out of the bottom. I’m the type of guy that if i’m winning by 30 at halftime, I work like the team losing by 30 that still has a chance to win it. I work like no one has heard of me. In reality, with much respect to every person who currently listens to me and loves me, no one has really heard of me. Billions on this earth, but only about 4,000 of them consistently listen to me. That’s huge in the sense that i’m plus 4,000 since June of 2012, but it’s also very small when arenas seat 18,000 and stadiums 90,000. With music being an extension of my passion to personally help people, helping 4,000 is awesome, but there are artists who are in it for themselves that stand in front of 6 times that number on a standard basis. So even if i am a ‘rising star’, it’s halftime and i’m losing by 30.
I remember sitting in my room as ‘Xay Crosby’, the soulful R&B crooner, watching LMFAO videos. The entire time i thought, “I use to do that. I wanna have fun again.” The dilemma was my soothing vocal style, versus an electronic sound. How possible was it going to be to make it work, yet still do smooth records? I mean you can’t genre mix on a consistent basis, nobody has ever done that. wait…..nobody has ever done that.
With God’s grace, i’ve been able to build an entire brand off mixing genres. Our (STRT TRBL) next challenge is to make it a mainstream success. Could a cross genre artist, with my content, build a loyal fan base when the artist changes their base sound so much that they have no base sound? 2 things could happen. Either I will have sporadic fans who just like a few songs, or i will have one of the world’s most diverse fan bases. I want one of the world’s most diverse fan bases. That means you’ll be at a SPZRKT show (after you finally figured out how to pronounce it) and realize just how many different people you have something in common with. All brought together by songs of love, hope, & TURN UP.
I’ve set impossible goals, but i’ve also reached a handful of impossible goals as well. I’ve had plenty of help along the way. (Sango, Soulection, Stwo, Live Mixtapes). They all saw something in me. But there’s nothing to see if i never put in that work. Impossible as my goals may seem, i’m committed to the work.
I want the #1 Pop album spot.
Likely the toughest genre to reach that spot in, but whether with Bonfire, or the next album, i will achieve it. And it will be because of God, my hard working team at STRT TRBL, and each and every one of you who have supported me for so long, or who have recently given me a chance. Isn’t it amazing, that other #DREAMERS make your dreams come true?