We had the good fortune of connecting with Kris Angelis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kris, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Amazing people I am so lucky and extremely fortunate to call friends and family as well as wonderfully enthusiastic and helpful fans. It’s other people. I get caught up in thinking how “I do it all myself” because I haven’t had a label or a team, and that’s true to an extent; I am at the helm of all the things that need to happen to create, release, and promote my music, but I couldn’t do it at the level that I am without musician friends giving me feedback and showing me how to do things, without my incredibly talented friends and family who work in filmmaking who choose to make music videos with me for fun and food, without the people who buy the music, tell everyone they can about it, and support me through tips on livestreams and Patreon. They are my investors. A big factor is me just continuing to create, release, and expand promotion, but They are what keeps me going.
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.
People have said that I have a unique voice and poetic lyrics. I think that comes from having both left and right-brain tendencies. I’m equally cerebral and emotional and I want to explain and show my deep feelings and relate with others so that’s what comes out. I also want to explain it to myself. Writing songs is a part of how I work through things in my life and how I get to say things that I can’t really say to people. My songs are my version of writing the letter and burning it…except I record it and put it out for the world to hear! I started out being very shy, to where I couldn’t sing loud on stage or perform without literally shaking. I don’t have that problem anymore but it manifests itself in other ways. I struggle with confidence and anxiety about all the choices there are to make. That comes from one of the best parts of my career thus far which is that I’m totally in charge of all of the decisions – I get to do whatever I want to do BUT I do have to make it all happen myself which means I am constantly learning and failing and trying again. So, as to it being easy? Absolutely not. Fun, educational, and empowering? Yes! I have built up a fan base by playing as often as I can online and, when it was safe, in person. I played in all 50 states in 2019 booking the shows and driving myself in my little blue Prius. The fans have made it possible for me to start tackling the challenge of funding, allowing me to quit my day job so I could tour and work on music full-time, and allowing me to start to build a team. I am amazed and so grateful for them everyday! I’m currently excited to have a new record coming out with some of my most vulnerable songs yet on it. It’s called “The Skies We Look To” and it’s coming April 30th. You can preorder it (and get special goodies!) at krisangelis.com.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Santa Monica Pier area, Sassafras Saloon Hotel Cafe No Vacancy The Magic Castle, Griffith Park, Perch The Last Bookstore, The Tar Pits Aroma Cafe in Tujunga Village, Susie Cakes Sushi Stop 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?
Lee Holbrook, Alix Angelis, Vincent Cardinale, Tim Hanseroth, my family and so many more!
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