We had the good fortune of connecting with Harlis Sweetwater and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Harlis, why did you pursue a creative career?
I feel that writing, recording and most importantly, PERFORMING music, IS and always has been my calling in life. I feel it’s what I was born to do. There never was a plan B for me. My life has always been about music.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
After age 7 there was never a time that I didnt want to be a musician and sing and play guitar and perform. Ive been fortunate to tour across the country and play some amazing shows and connect with rad people from all over. Its been really cool and super fun. Its been and continues to be a lot of work and Im always learning as I go and making adjustments as an artist and as a one man “mom and pop shop” so to speak. I have to say that the old saying “nothing worth while is ever easy” is very true. But Ive learned that perspective is everything. Ive learned this later in my career but, better late than never. For all the struggles that come with being an independent music artist/creative/musician there are just as many rewards and it really is about seeing the silver lining in the challenges and situations one faces.
But, when you come to the reality that all things are really just a “bridge of incidence” to bring you closer to where you need to be or what you need to know or learn, it makes the journey and dealing with things so much easier.
Still, getting to that point took me quite a long time. But Ive always known my worth and had the drive to do what I wanted to do. Music has always been a bigger force than anything or anyone else in my life. Though it was frustrating then and still can be at times now, to be honest, to come upon obstacles that really challenged me and seem to blatantly stand in the way of my progress… but without such challenges you really cant move forward. I think, knowing THAT, is a true advantage, mentally and emotionally.

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?
Living in Orange County or southern California in general, there are really so many things to do and see. I think if I wanted to show someone from out of town a good time, I would definitely take them to Laguna Beach for some incredible beach views both on the beach and in some of the amazing hiking trails in the hills adjacent to the beach, such as El Morro and Dripping Cave. Then out to any of the downtown areas in Santa Ana, Orange or Fullerton for some stellar Mexican food. And then head to Long Beach and/or Huntington Beach for some rad LIVE music!

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?
My Mother, Nancy Smith. She was the most instrumental person in my musical developement. All of my family has always been so supportive of me being a musician but my mom really is the one who encouraged me to be a musician and was the first person to introduced me to rock n roll and music in general.

Website: www.harlissweetwaternow.com

Instagram: @harlissweetwater

Youtube: Youtube.com/harlissweetwater

Image Credits
Steve Allen/ This Is Rock N Roll Photo Chris Salazar

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