We had the good fortune of connecting with musical artist Drawn To The Sky and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Drawn To The Sky, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think my favorite quote of all time is “Risk. Fail. Risk again.” The ability to overcome fear and take a leap of faith is honorable in itself. But then to fall flat on your face and get right back up with the same gusto – that’s something else entirely. Growing up in small-town Minnesota, I had a lot of fear and insecurities as a kid. The only way I saw to overcome that fear, was to develop skills that people would respect me for. I eventually got very good at playing the electric guitar and weightlifting, along with many other high school sports. As a teenager these feats were extremely valuable social currency. This totally reshaped my self-image from someone who saw myself as shy, to now being very confident. It wasn’t until graduating high school that I realized I was going to have to start that process all over again. In the school system, you don’t have to take that many risks to succeed. You just have to show up and be disciplined. In the real-world, the playing field is significantly broader & you’re no longer a big fish in a small pond. To truly get ahead, you have to take massive action and massive risks. Those risks become a lot harder once personal finances are involved, and many people just aren’t willing to take them. Luckily I’ve been blessed with people around me that support me and my vision, and because of this I’ve definitely been able to take huge risks without total financial despair – although I’ve been dangerously close many times 😉 But that’s where all the lessons come from. Adversity is the great teacher of life, and without it you’re unable to gain true perspective & wisdom. If there’s anything my small amount of success has taught me thus far… it’s to TAKE THAT RISK. Jump in the water. Make that phone call. Because In the words of Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now, you’ll be more disappointed by the things you DIDN’T do, rather than the things you DID do.”
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 grew up an hour away from Minneapolis/St. Paul in an area called the Minnesota River Valley. It’s a very quiet and peaceful place, but I always felt a bit different and disconnected from the people around me. I was pretty socially awkward in school and life at home wasn’t always the easiest either. At 11 years old I picked up my first guitar and finally found something I was good at. This helped give me confidence to learn other skills as well. In high school I eventually I started to sing and write my own songs – mostly about girls and wanting to “get the hell out of dodge.” It wasn’t until I was 22 that I decided to pursue music full-time as a recording artist. In 2017 I released my first EP under the artist name “Drawn To The Sky.” Musically my style reflects a lot of the punk bands I listened to growing up, as well as my love of rap & hip-hop instrumentals. I also listened to a ton of 80’s hair metal as a kid, so I like to throw a crazy guitar solo in my songs once in a while for fun. It’s so cliche, but I try stay away from labelling my music to any sort of genre. I like to use a lot of different instruments & sounds in the studio, so I’m only limited to what I feel like making on any particular day.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Having lived in Ocean Park/Santa Monica for over 2 years, I’d say the beach is my most frequent spot to let loose. I’m only 2 blocks from the water, so every morning I take a run dipping my toes between the ocean and sand. I grew up living around cornfields my whole life, so every day here is a magical experience. One thing I like most about LA is the surrounding nature, so I always enjoy heading up to the mountains near Malibu and Monte Nido for some breathtaking views! I’m also a big fan of hiking, so I like to spend a few hours a week in Topanga Canyon or the Hollywood Hills to get those extra steps in. As far as eating goes, one of my favorite spots is an Indian place called “Samosa House” in Santa Monica. Because It’s right next to my apartment, I admit I probably go there way too much, haha.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my beautiful girlfriend Ali O’Brien for being the most unbelievably supportive and kind person you will ever meet! Her talent and hard-work has played a massive part in my success. Creatively, she takes almost all of my photos for social media and assists every music video. She’s the reason I was able to move to Los Angeles to pursue working in the music industry, as well as the reason I’ve been able to invest so much of my money into music. I am eternally grateful for her and everything she does for me.
Personal Photo Credit: Joshua Kloster All other photos: Alison O’Brien