We had the good fortune of connecting with Caid and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Caid, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Finding a balance with work and my daily living has been a challenge in itself. I accumulated many passions through my short time of existence. Drawing, painting, playing guitar and sax, rock climbing, fishing and hunting, martial arts, photography and going on adventures. All which could be considered, my outlets. So finding time in life to continue all of these as well as making music my career was tough. Not to mention squeezing in time for the responsibilities of day to day living. I’ve always been a hard worker and I always try to find the most efficient way to do things. As I matured as a hip hop artist I started noticing all the little hurtles and obstacles that were in my way. Jobs, people, self doubt, money and the list goes on. It took me years to figure out a way out of the 9-5 and everyday hustle. My craft needed more time and more of my attention. I decided to make music my 9-5. I opened a recording studio, Co-Lab Entertainment. While running my studio I was still working my 9-5 to supplement income. I was also in a relationship with a talented woman. This was when I realized how important balance was. Ultimately, I had to close my studio and my relationship ended shortly after. All because I was spreading myself too thin. People at my studio began stealing and disrespecting the space. My lady was upset at my absence and lack of emotional investment into our lives. It was back to the drawing board. Now, balancing my life comes as number one priority. I delegate tasks that I know I am lacking ability, energy, knowledge or time to complete myself. In that I found power and confidence. Figuring out my weaknesses and staying truthful to self was the key to unlocking the doors to success. Working to invest in a team verses investing in equipment has been much more beneficial to my growth. Not only as an artist but a human. After all, we are the gods of our universe.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My expansive skill set keeps me rolling strong. I truly believe by focusing on the quality of the craft and putting forth my best effort, the results speak for themselves. That fuels the recommendations and ultimately lands most of my gigs. Also, knowing when to say no has been highly beneficial. It greatly reduces stress. Having many skills helps me change with the times. If I can’t make music, I can draw. Can’t draw? Then I go climb. It keeps the creative juices fresh and flowing. If I need money I can offer services in drawing, music production, construction and countless other trades. The only downfall, the amount of time it takes to learn any given trade. As the saying goes “patience is a virtue”.
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.
Day 1: 10 am Breakfast at Tia Betty Blues for our traditional authentic New Mexican food. 12pm head to the Jemez mountains. 2pm have traditional Native American food from Jemez Pueblo. Set up camp and pop open a Sant Fe Brewery Happy Camper IPA. Catch up on what’s new and smoke a blunt. 5pm start a fire to cook dinner. We would cook some wild meat that I hunted and play some music and watch the night sky til we passed out. Day 2: 6am make coffee and smoke a joint. Pack our bags and climbing gear. 8am get to the crag, set up ropes and crash pads and cooks some breakfast burritos. 9am: climb until we can’t close our hands. After climbing we will eat lunch and go on a hike through the streams to cool off and fish. As the sun begins to dip I. The sky we will make our way back to camp to start a fire for dinner. We will cook the fish we caught and smoke another blunt by the fire. After a few days of this we would head back to civilization to wash our hippie asses. Day 6: 8am coffee and breakfast at home. 10am head to local art gallery for art expo. Noon: head to 66 diner to get some good ol diner food with that southwest spin and some damn good shakes! 2pm hit a locals farmers market to get some local swag and produce. 4pm go home and start to cook dinner 6pm kick it at the casa and listen to some music and puff on some trees. 8pm get ready to hit the venue for a hip hop show. 12am head back to the casa with some friends for an after party. Day 7: sleep away the hangover until at least 11am. Wake up and get tia betty blues before I gotta take homie to the airport.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First I’d like to thank my parents Susie Moyer and Dean Shelton for giving me life and doing their best to give me a platform to build my life. Daniel Holliday for being my partner in crime in 2nd Suns and countless adventures. Phillip Lucero for going through some of the roughest times in my life with me and never letting me bend. Jeremy Sherrod for helping me with filming and music when he was going through his own shit. Anthony Lugo for being the best adventure partner a man could ask for and someone I can always count on being real with me. My late grandmothers Terry Shelton and Edna Webb for showing me what unconditional love is (My mother included in this one). Jimmy J Medina for making some dope beats. Bonnie Hagar for being by my side while I worked my ass off. Helping me live a lot more comfortably than I was before we met and showing me what having a lover feels like. Jason Corey Barber for always believing in me and being there when most people weren’t and helping me get good photos and footage. Kelli Chesire for helping me in life and supporting my crafts and me as a human. Radium Media for being a team who knows what the struggle is and all the help and information they provide. I’m happy to be on a team! Thank you Bradly and Will for the support and mentoring. I feel powerful with such knowledge beside me. Lastly, all the emcees that helped me with their music. Eyedea (R.EYE.P), Aesop Rock Slug, Brother Ali, Sage Francis, B. Dolan and countless others.
Anthony Lugo Jesse Shelton