We had the good fortune of connecting with Alfred Nomad and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alfred, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
My favorite current affirmation is “everything will be alright.” This was an affirmation I kept telling myself over the last 3-4 years when I was going through rough times, and couldn’t see the light at the end of the darkness. I would tell myself this affirmation that everything will be alright to keep me going, and get me through. That is how the “Everything Will Be Alright” project and initiative was birthed. This affirmation represents hope. It represents faith. Hope and faith in yourself, in the purpose of it all, in the process to grow in one’s journey. Life truly moves forward in seasons. Not all seasons will be fun or pleasurable. But you have to believe it will all work for the better in the end.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an artist using my gifts to motivate others to do what they love, and believe in themselves. The heartbeat and epicenter of my creativity is music and writing. That’s always been where it starts as the vehicle to more expansive ideas. What sets me apart is that I don’t limit the mediums of my creativity. I create worlds around the music from visually to live experiences, to community initiatives. And I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit around my creations. I don’t wait for opportunities to be given to me. I start and build my own. I have ownership and creative freedom in every aspect of what I do. And most importantly it always has a purpose attached to it with intention to help others. I’m currently most excited about this Everything Will Be Alright project and initiative. This project is me stepping into the realm of the kind of creative I’ve intended to be for years, and will be moving forward. All the lessons, trials and triumphs have lead to this. Mental health was something that has become important in my life, and something I still saw voids in within my community and peers. So I used this project to do something about it. I’ve created spaces for people to not just be “aware” of mental health, but learn real ways to engage in their mental health and learn resources and ways to tend to it. We’ve even raised enough funds to provide free therapy sessions for a black creative. And I still have more in store! I got to where I am today by continuing to create, staying self aware and keeping in mind why I’m doing this, and making the relationships I built with others important. It has not been easy whatsoever. I think the actual artistic creation is the easiest part, but everything else around it can be difficult. And we’ve done everything thus far independently with very limited resources. I’ve overcome challenges by persevering, pooling resources with other likeminded people with similar goals, believing in myself, and always striving to improve each time. I’ve learned along the way that you can’t expect anyone else to be as invested or excited about your dreams as you. You can’t even expect people to see your vision for what you’re planning to do. Not even your closest and most trusted loved ones. If they do that’s amazing, but you can’t let that be the determining factor for what you strive for. And if you stay true to what’s calling you from within eventually the right people will see it and want to be a part of it or support it. I want the world to know that I’m an artist holistically. You can’t summarize me in one box for example as just a rapper or MC. I care about the things and experiences I create, and I care about the people that it means something to. My journey was not a straight and narrow one. I’ve reinvented myself several times, and almost lost everything. But in the losses I found myself and my purpose, more now than ever.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
That is a good question. First of all I love amusement parks and the magic of creative media. So I would absolutely take my friends to Universal Studios. I loved my own trip I took there. I live in Chinatown in downtown LA, and I love Chinese food. So I would have to take my friends to eat at Yang Chow or if it’s a late night food run go eat a hearty meal at Full House Seafood Restaurant. I don’t play video games at home at all anymore, but believe it or not I LOVE going to the arcade. So we could go to some DTLA arcades like EightyTwo or even enjoy some games and bowling at XLanes LA. Hiking is also really nice so I’d encourage going for a peaceful hike. And you can’t come out to LA and not hit up a beach. Malibu is my favorite that I’ve experienced. It’s really peaceful out there. And if we want to make some music or do something creative we can hit up The Rattle LA and get studio time in.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am a nomadic product of a community of loving, considerate and creative people. I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am today without the love and protection of my family, the faith and appreciation for others I learned in my hometown of Indianapolis, IN, the collaborative and vibrant subculture of Atlanta, GA, and the new opportunities and creative community I’ve been blessed to be a part of now in Los Angeles, CA. I would be here all day naming names of all who has looked out for me in some way or inspired me. I want to make sure to shout out my LxVE (Love x Value Everything & Everyone) and TONE team who have been continuously building our own platforms with me over the years. And I must give the biggest dedication to the anchors in my life; my wife, mother, father, and sister.
Other: To get latest project: https://alfrednomad.fanlink.to/ewba Stream exclusive Alfred Nomad content: http://tone.vision/authors/alfred-nomad
Ryan Forsythe Icreate Art