We had the good fortune of connecting with Asanté and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Asanté, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Wow… this is a loaded question.., but my happiness stems from my faith. I’m a firm believer in God and while “happiness” is fleeting and difficult to maintain, He is the opposite: all-powerful, omnipresent and omnipotent. I live life knowing that just as happiness is temporary, sadness is the same and working on being happy can prolong the feeling, abundantly.

I was taught from a very young age to look at my blessings, rather than what I might “lack”. Whether those blessings be family, artistic abilities or even a ray of sunshine on an otherwise gloomy day doesn’t matter. What matters is the fact that there is still a reason to smile (as cliché as that sounds).

I believe people feel happier when they feel more in control of their lives or circumstances occurring in their lives, but we live a wildly unpredictable existence. Looking at my blessings, no matter how small they may seem, gives me some control in knowing that even on my loneliest days, somebody is watching out for me. In a sense, I find control by letting go of the desire for control (notice how I didn’t say need). I know that regardless of what sadness I may feel, it is temporary, while my God is everlasting.

With all that being said (hahah), I find joy in spending time with my family and friends. I find excitement in creating and listening to music. I even find bliss in a cup of coffee or some gorgeous ice cream on a hot day… or any day. I try to be grateful; therefore, I can’t help, but find happiness.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is a direct reflection of who I am and what I’m experiencing at any given moment. I think it’s a personal- universal experience hahah. Most people have felt what I put into music, even if they haven’t been through the exact same joys or struggles, word for word.

My journey has been an interesting one, but the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to take time to really know what I want. There were times in my life when I didn’t want to pursue music or acting, but found I was just uninspired. There were others where I was just too impatient to wait and got myself into situations that didn’t benefit me, rushing into things with people who weren’t helping me build healthy habits.

My focus now is to make people feel. When people hear my music or see a project I’ve done, I want them to know that they aren’t alone. That sometimes I’m sad, sometimes I’m angry, others I’m the happiest person, but that it’s okay to let yourself feel. The only way to even appreciate happiness is to understand the hurt. We just have to learn how not to dwell on it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d say I’m a homebody, but I think I just like being home… with people I love around me. We’d spend a lot of time with my close friends, playing games, watching movies and making music. We might visit an escape room, Six Flags, the beach and a couple restaurants, but I enjoy creating and being around people I vibe with the most. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout goes to my family and my girlfriend. They put up with me through it all and really drive me to be a better human being, first, then a better creative. Learning myself with them allows my craft to evolve naturally and fluidly. Love to them, always.


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Youtube: Asanté Ervin

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