• Allie Russell

Spencer on his life-changing transition into music

Let's be real, the music industry is a shitshow. It's gotten worse and worse over the years and is now run by a small elite with thousands of struggling artists fighting for scraps. It's a brutal industry and we have an artist interview today with Spencer, who is no stranger to the madness. This is Spencer, on 24 Carat Sounds.

What is your musical background? How did you get into music?

I had an honest night of the soul when I was 21. I sat up all night; watched the sun rise. I wasn’t proud of who I was, and I didn’t like the path I was heading down. I knew I was capable of more and I wanted to be more than what was easy. Music was something that I’d always loved but I never believed it was possible for me. When I woke that day, that day that changed my life, I had never done anything musical and I had never considered it before but once I made that decision, everything in my life has been dedicated to this goal.

What's the role of an artist in the society?

I think everyone has a different answer to this. I think it’s deeply personal but to me, it’s about pursuing the best version of yourself, challenging yourself and when given the platform to take positions, speak truth to power and make lives better for people who don’t have what you have. Voting rights, equality in opportunity for every kid in this country are just two of the things that are important to me, and I plan to use my platform to advance those causes.

Who do you work with on a day to day basis?

I had a partner. But he betrayed me. Some people can’t handle the long road that this is. My trust, my faith in people has burned me too many times to count but this time was the worst. I work by myself now on a day-to-day basis. I collaborate with different beat makers but writing, vocals and the production that comes with it is all me now. It’s better that way. I’ve had a hard time finding people who are willing to sacrifice, people I can trust, who are also capable of moving at the pace I want to move at.

How do you go about honing your music skills?

Just put in the hours. Because this is a job. It’s a passion and an art, yes, but it’s real work. This profession comes with lots of failure, lots of learning. Anyone can do something occasionally but you’re only a musician if you keep making music. Work, work work.

Describe your dream project

Something beautiful and dark. Something that’s succinct and cohesive while also showcasing range. I think range and cohesiveness is the mark of a truly great artist, as well as being prolific enough to release captivating work on a regular basis.

How do you know when a song is finished?

Yeah, that’s a hard one. Part of being an artist is the unknown, right? Because it’s not an exact science. That’s something I struggled with for a long time, the not knowing. But at the end of the day, you must trust yourself, know that the writing is pure and good and honest and after you’ve done everything you can think of to make it the best you possibly can, you just cross your fingers and hope for the fucking best.

What is the biggest mistake you have made in your career to this point?

Trusting the wrong people. People who were selfish, people who were liars, people who only wanted to be around when it was convenient for them. I hate to admit it, but I’ve grown more isolated. Cost of growth, I guess.

Anything you would like to tell your fans?

Just thank you. When you’re building something, it comes with its peaks and valleys. Knowing that there people out there that I’m connecting with, fans who believe in me, it’s everything when things get dark so just a sincere, sincere thank you to everyone who’s joined me on this road so far. We’ve got a long way to go from here and this is only the beginning.

Thank you for being on 24 Carat Sounds, Spencer! We wish you all the best in your future projects, and hope to see you back on here.