We had the good fortune of connecting with Punk Adams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Punk, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
In this life, especially in entertainment you have to take risks. I went to college for music but I knew a degree in music wouldn’t gaurantee my spot as an artist in the music industry. So I dropped out of school and moved to LA. I’ve never been to LA prior to moving but I felt it was the right move for me. It wasn’t easy, I’ve lived my entire life in NY born and raised and now here I am in this new place where I barely know anybody trying to make my dreams come true. Since moving to LA I’ve grown, Worked with some of my favorite entertainers and artists. You have to take risks. It is more important to fear not getting where you want to be , than fearing you cant make it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My journey as an artist has been one of discovery and creation. I have a wide range of influences from Missy Elliott, Timbaland and Pharell to Paramore, Brandy, Pony Zion, Juss Precious and the ballroom culture.
I grew up in NY so thats my main source of inspiration and the source of my creative. I got my start in church singing Whitney Houstons “Jesus Loves Me” . I was definitely rebellious growing up so I had alot on my mind. My mom took me to a therapist at 13 and the therapist suggested I find a way to express my emotions rather than keep it bottled up. So I began writing to mixtape instrumentals.
I’m the most proud of how far I’ve come, I went from writing and singing in my basement to creating for people and putting out my own music.
I stayed persistent with going after my dream. I learned to trust my voice, I learned to trust my instincts. There are so many ways to get aheadin music, There’s no one way, so trusting yourself and making your own way is key,
I want to inspire people to have fun in expressing themselves, and to not be afraid of who they are. I’ve had many people in the past try to talk me out of showing my true self out of fear that success wouldn’t come, but I had to trust that my creative voice and expression would be enough and if people can’t except me for who I am then those wouldn’t be the supporters I would want.
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.
First off we gotta have brunch at Kitchen 24. It’s my favorite spot, The food is always on , but I also think it holds some Nostalgia too becuase it was one of the first places I went to eat when I moved to LA.
We definietly have to go to little tokyo for ramen, We’re going to Malibu for the beach,
LA is a place of wonder and anything can happen so I wouldn’t plan everything to the last detail becuase I know we’ll hit up some major events and let our hair down.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definetly have to give a shout out to my team out here who holds me down. Barry Rashawn, KPdidit, Jordn, Sonovia , Sai Lockett, Mark Anthony, Kaila Wynn, Sharell Walker, Fenrir Clover, Titus E Johnson, Lee Charm and Tevin Baker, Thank You all so much for being apart of my growth and always pushing me to be the best I can be, and going along with my bigger than life ideas.
I also want to send a huge shout out to fellow artists and creatives Nautika , Bryn’t, Justice Allah, Edwin Arzu, Daniel Hex and Reggie Rude for always inspiring me.
Joy Charat Tevin Baker