We had the good fortune of connecting with Bob Li and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bob, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
Making the investment to rent a studio space twice a week. I personally felt like I needed a separate place to work without distractions, and once I found that I started making much higher quality music. It also became so much easier to collaborate with others. I started finishing more songs, reaching out to more people, and getting more opportunities through word of mouth. It was a leap of faith but as a result I’ve been able to grow my career and work with so many talented artists. I’ve had it for a year now and would definitely say it’s paid off!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I make a mix of indie pop and hip hop, and I’d say my strength is being able to adapt my style to fit the voices of different artists while still maintaining a unique sound. I’m proud of every song I’ve released because I feel like I’ve learned so much in the process of making each one. And similarly I’m so excited about all the music to come in the future because of all the new things I’ll be learning from doing so. I can’t wait to work with more people on visuals, live performances, and also help so many amazing artists with their own projects as well.
I got to where I am today by just having a vision and trying to get a little bit better at my craft every day. Whenever there was something I wanted to know I went out of my way to figure it out. How do you make that sound? How do you play that on the guitar? How do you market your music? Who can I ask for help? Not gonna lie it was really hard. And it still is. I spent years and years working on music with very little external reward. But during that time I was feeling myself improve and I just felt like one day I could absolutely get to where I wanted to be. And even though it was difficult, looking back every hour I spent was so worth it and that’s such a gratifying feeling. There are still so many goals I want to accomplish, and I’m always going to be working to inch closer every day.
The biggest thing I want people to get from my brand is that you can really do anything. If there’s something you want to do, find time to work at it every day and don’t give up. Who cares how long it takes. If it’s something you like doing then just do it. You’re gonna fail a lot but after a while you’ll get way better and once you see your progress it feels so good and that’s a really beautiful thing to experience.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live right next to K-town so I’d definitely take them somewhere there to eat. Specifically this place called Sea Story it’s the best restaurant there. We’d be going to the Tacos Tamix truck on Hoover a lot too. There’s also this cafe in K-town called Nothing But Coffee that has these charcoal lattes that I would definitely recommend. And then I’d take them to all the amazing small concerts being thrown around the city and give them a taste of the local artist community here.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Yep! Shoutout to my mom and dad for believing in me and being okay with me going down an unconventional path. Ever since I was 18 and I told them I wanted to do music they’ve done their best to understand it even though it must’ve been hard and I feel like most parents’ first reaction would be to tell their kid to get a real job.
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