We had the good fortune of connecting with Griff Clawson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Griff, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think without taking risks you limit your potential. I always believed that the best movies, artists, businesses, love stories etc. all had a little bit of risk in their story. Sounds soo cheesy but life lives outside the lines and if you don’t take risks you miss the bits of life that become your favorite. My happiest memories and connections all undoubtedly came from taking some sort of risk !!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think trying to be different in a time where everybody has the ability to express themselves in an artistic way is a double edged sword. Lately, I’ve seen and learned first hand that the more authentic and meaningful differences we create stem from being ourselves, instead of trying to be unlike someone else. It’s something that’s much easier said than done, but with my art I try to take the different parts and phases of my life and let them speak for themselves in my music. I like sounds from the 70’s and 90’s but lyrics about tiny contemporary moments. I like being funny and candid on social media but mixing that personality into more thought out content. I’m excited about the sound i’m discovering for myself and can say that it was worth waiting for. You can’t force-define who you are, especially when you’re still getting to know yourself. I want people to know that every moment of each song is from the heart and intended. The music I’m releasing and already working on is me through and through and hopefully a clear window into who i am and how i feel.
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.
Assuming covid is not a thing during this trip, we’re going on a week-long food tour of LA. One of my favorite things about LA are the small restaurants and shops that have been there for 30+ years. The food and experience of eating there alone is special to me and priceless. I love when I’m sitting down at Cholada on PCH in malibu and eating some of the best thai food in LA served by the owner, and exactly where you’d least expect it. Beyond making sure we’re getting the best of every type of food from every part of town, we’d be spending our nights out in studio city and silver lake at some of their unique bars, and inevitably ending up at friends houses at different parts of the city. One of the best things about LA is also the worst, it’s size – but since it’s so big you end up making friends all over the city and getting to taste (no pun intended) what it’s like to live in different parts of the city. Very great if you don’t mind a little driving. 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?
I have to shout out the people that gave me a chance in music when i had barely even written a song yet. People took chances on me that landed me places i never would have expected – so, to the big brothers, sisters, and colleagues that helped me get my feet in music, thank you. Who else deserves a little credit? Well i’d say my mom but she deserves more than a little credit. I simply wouldn’t be in music if it were not for her and my family’s unwavering help and support along the way.
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