We had the good fortune of connecting with Ron Artis II and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ron, how do you think about risk?
There are two sides to this for me. When we start a project, I ask the question, Is this something that we beleive could make the world a better palce. If the answer is yes. Then my finances should never be a excuse not to do it. My wife and I have spent our last dollar quite a few time creating productions. The otherside about risk for me is. “If you have a saftey net, you will use it”. Do the right thing all the time. Even when your life depends on it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love what I do. I create what I want to leave behind. The creative world is filled with so much noise. I acknowledge I’m here for a short while. I can choose to help my fellow humans haha, or hurt them. When I talk about the noise in the creative world. I’m talking about the messages. Everything we do has a repercussion. Whether we choose to see it or not. Especially on a stage as large as music. It’s a sensitive space where we go to leave the world behind, close our eyes, and listen. So what we say/sing is really important. Love is important. Healing is important. Dancing and laughing beyond control is important haha. There will always be challenges and hardships. That’s just how this thing called life works. But we can inspire others to face it with a positive view. That gets me up in the morning. The idea that I could help someone else get through something. Help someone feel great again. Help someone find their purpose. That drives me. So I ask you. Will you create something you want to leave behind?
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, I’m from Haleiwa, Hawaii. Whenever you’re there next. Go to Haleiwa Joe’s. It’s more of a town than a city. But I absolutely love it. I’m currently living in Portland, OR. If you make it here, I’d say go to Strum Guitars PDX. The name says it all. I love browsing the hard to find guitars they get in there and trying the different amps and pedals. Every guitarist has to have a spot that’s not mainstream. Where you find little quirky things, you don’t see other places. In LA, it’s………..Disneyland!!!!! hahaha I know that’s Anaheim. But we always go to Disneyland when we’re in LA.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Major thanks to my wife Julia Artis. Among a plethora of things, I can say about her. She is the greatest teammate I could ever ask for. We never enter a project unless we’re on the same page. Also a major thank you to my parents. Ron and Victoria Artis. They gave me an amazing childhood and foundation to discover who I’m made to be. The list grows too long for the internet after that: JP Smoketrain, Steve Premo, Jurgen Klein, Joe Lazar, Thunderstorm Artis, Jack Johnson, G Love, Mark Tarone, Dave Bauss, Nicholas Harris, Eric Gerber, Brinn Riley, Ernie Ecraela Jr, Riley Paakaula, Stevon Artis. This list goes and goes and goes. “I’m grateful to have had people in my life, that saw something in me, that I didn’t see in myself”. And for that above all, I thank Jesus.
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1st photo Ty Milford @tymilford Hawaii Beach photos: Sunny Golden Troubadour photo: Kaelan Barowsky – @kaelanbarosky