We had the good fortune of connecting with Droid Bishop and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Droid, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
As a fairly neurotic person, I’m not a huge physical risk taker. I wanted to be a professional skateboarder when I was younger but I knew, being afraid to “go big or go home” , I could never truly make it in the big leagues. That’s when I fully shifted gears and committed to my other life blood, Music. At about age 15, school was definitely getting in the way of wanting to be a creative eagle who freely soars through a trail of good and bad life decisions so I decided to leave. Now, you may be asking yourself, “Is he still talking about Risk?” and I would venture to say that dropping out of high school to pursue a career in the Arts & Entertainment industry is a huge risk in itself. Anyone who starts a business or is in a passionate pursuit of any endeavor is automatically taking a risk and that goes beyond the financial, I think a lot of people aren’t willing to risk being who they truly are or to achieve their true goals. Human’s enjoy comfort but if you’re comfortable , you aren’t growing. In regards to my music, I have won and lost fans over my pursuit of who I want to be as an artist and what I want to creatively contribute to the world. I’m trying to build a unique sound and that comes with a lot of risk. A few years ago, I began singing , playing guitar, and bringing jazz and orchestral elements into the synthwave/electronic music scene that I reside in and , sure it may not be everyones cup of tea, but it was a risk I took of being true to myself and I think it has paid off so far. In world of mediocrity and over saturation, do we not dare risk it all for the chance of excellence and a glimpse of awe inspiring beauty? I don’t believe in good, only Great. These days, it is all about “go big or go home”. So, take a risk. It may change your life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a musician/composer/producer, I have spent my 35 years listening to and absorbing the sounds from all genres of music, movies, and the life around me. I believe my love of all kinds of art has given me a unique approach to my compositional/songwriting style. I like to incorporate a lot of musical flavors and colors from the past and future in the electronic music I make.
Probably, the biggest struggle I’ve dealt with is alcoholism and drug addiction. Very cliched , I know , but its sad to say that most artists and creative people have a lot of problems : ) I thought that it was ok to be like this because most of my heroes went down the same path but that is total bullshit . After many years of touring in other bands, I had hit rock bottom in 2017. I knew that , in order to achieve my goals, I had to put the bottle down. It has been about 4 years and my life and work is of much higher quality.
As I keep going on this technicolored journey, I just want to be known as a dude who absolutely dedicated his mind and heart to making music that matters. I don’t claim to have achieved this, but my main goal is to make music or moments that truly take a person out of the physical world for a short period of time.
What you want people to know about your brand? Dedicated my heart and mind to making music.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As much as it’s got its problems, I love Los Angeles. I’ll assume this friend doesn’t live here and I’d first take them around the hills and up to Griffith Observatory to scope the lay of the land. We would definitely have to hit up Universal Studios and some other historical Hollywood gems. I like to drive so a trip up PCH would be a choice day in LA. Hopefully there is some live music to check out as well!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a huge shoutout to the listeners and supporters of my music. Artists and creators are nothing without the fans and its super important to be humble and grateful that anyone spends any of their time enjoying something you have made. It’s like that old saying .. “If an artist makes a song but no one is around to hear it, does it really exist? ”
Retro Portrait – Jeff Block aka @cre80s L1050812.jpg & L1130883 – Danny Garcia aka @dgtal IMG_3905.jpg – Ben French