We had the good fortune of connecting with Black Stax and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Black, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Continued communication with like minded people who genuinely strive for endless growth and who also understands that there are multiple routes to a common goal. Staying mind-full to a persons input. People will shut down if they are felt to feel dismissed.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Dr. Maya Angelou
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We are are duo that uses all forms of Black Music, Art, Culture and Life to represent who we are and what our contribution is to the World of Creativity. From Blues to Jazz, Soul to Rock n Roll, African Drum to Be Bop, Gospel to Opera we use them all to create a unique and Dope style of building on what Hip Hop is around the World! We pride ourselves on making good music from 8-80 is our audience!
We got here with belief, encouragement, challenges, wins and life experiences. It’s never easy when you travel a path of Authenticity, Contribution and Acknowledgement of the shoulders you stand on. We understand that there is nothing new under the Sun but what is your contribution to the current and future generations.
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.
This is in no particular order but here are a few spots we would take our friends if they visit Seattle:
– Rumba Notes
– Weed dispensaries
– Great Wolf Lodge
– A Residency event (if in session)
– Siver Cloud Hotel in Tacoma
– Catfish Corner
– A studio session with Black Stax
– The Pier
– Mt Rainier
– Black Historical Museum in Tacoma
– Island Soul
– Fats Chicken & Waffles
– Portland (for shopping)
– Jumping Jambalaya
– Glass Museum
– Outlet Malls (north & south of Seattle)
– Vancouver BC
– Beatwalk (if in session)
– Tan Bros for Pho
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Well there’s a complex answer to that question because we are inspired by our Families, the Community we come from, the worldwide Creatives and our life experiences. But, if you’re asking who we’ve partnered with to create our sound and help us with our Creative journey there are a few people we’d like to acknowledge.
Amalia Martino, The Vida Agency (TVA) has been with us since the start and continues to play a key role in helping gain all the resources necessary to continue on this Journey. Mira Kraft is another contributing factor to helping us move the dial locally, nationally and internationally. G Fields is our Trusted Mr Everything when it comes to the production, recording, mixing and band leader for us. Rob Banks Beats has also been a consistent with production with us for the last 5 years. And, we have a Team that we play live with, Cydney Johnson on the keys, Little Nikita in Road Managing and last but never least the Ancestors that protect us and guide us on this Journey. Big Up Stefano from Revolver Concerti in Italy for setting us help to travel and perform throughout the country with all his connections.
We are Forever grateful to all those that make a contribution, wether big or small in supporting our path!
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Cover for ‘ELTSUH’, ‘River’, & ‘Ghost (Cover Me)’ all done by Mira Kraft Photos of hands and on steps taken by Meg Stacker Black & White photo by Juan ‘Lotus’ Guerrero Snachez Logo by Black Stax