We had the good fortune of connecting with Charlie Scovill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charlie, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
The journey to finding your most effective way of working in a creative field, while also living, is probably the most difficult thing, but the most rewarding. I know a lot of people who make their living from writing, acting, singing, drawing. One can feel a constant pressure to create, knowing it’s all they have. I’m sure a lot of us have heard the saying “work smarter, not harder”. The most difficult thing is figuring out how to work smarter. The journey to get there might be a life-long process of refinement, but it’s creative nirvana that we all wish to achieve. It’s easy to be busy and run yourself to a pulp if you aren’t careful.
Taking breaks and stepping back is key, moments away from your project will yield insight you can’t achieve if you’re constantly “in it”. For me as a producer, that’s why I have a sound system in every room in my house, and a massive one in my car. I love to sit down and hear things in different environments, so I can get clarity about what needs to be done. All of the most prolific and successful creative people in my life have some sort of routine involving taking care of the body (yoga, meditation, breathing, cooking), and also hold plenty of space for themselves. Dark hours, off the grid. No screens. Not reachable during certain times. Creating time just for you, to do whatever you want. Even if that’s nothing. I occasionally draw/paint, as I’m not classically trained in this way, I don’t feel aware of any rules I need to follow, or people I need to please.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
On an artistic level, the last few years have been focused primarily on collaborating, and stepping into the role of being a producer. On a business level, I’ve been running my own recording studio for almost two years now. Each has their own sets of challenges, but overall it’s been an absolutely wonderful experience.
To me, collaboration means being able to get to present with somebody and start to explore musical ideas together. Being a producer, in my mind, feels like somebody who makes forwardly definitive choices without compromising the integrity of a project. within that limitation, if you even think of it that way, lies a lot of room to create some really powerful music.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Bourgeois Pig is one of the most interesting spots in LA.
Any Tacos Tu Madre spot has fantastic food.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Everyone who has become a part of the Studio Kingswell journey. Without your support, none of this would be possible.
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