We had the good fortune of connecting with Shapiro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shapiro, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Music became an outlet in my life to help express my hardships and misfortunes. It was one of the only things that came natural to me.
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.
My art is my therapy, it delivers the message of love, hustle & hardships, everyone has their own experiences. When you start to express those experiences in your own unique way, you create a sound. That’s what set me apart from others. I’m most proud of my writing credit with the producer, Black Coffee. Co-Writing his single “You Need Me” with Maxine Ashley gave me the opportunity to showcase my art form on an international level.
I took the risk that many people from Toronto, CA, are unable or unwilling to take. I sacrificed free time and a social life to refine my natural talents. This give me the ability to be self-sufficient within my music. During my personal journey, I learned to stay grounded. There are may ups and downs in this industry, but remaining centered and level headed allows you to make decisions that positively impact your career.
I want the world to know that anything is possible. Due to my perseverance and mindset, I was able to work alongside amazing producers such as Golden Boy, Jordon Manswell, Txpski, DAZE and Black Coffee. After recently dropping my acoustic single Never Change produced my Fargo, I’ve started producing, writing and recording for my next album.
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.
If my people were visiting me in LA, we would have an amazing time in the city of Angels. First, I would take them on a hike to see the Hollywood Sign, visit the stars on Hollywood Boulevard, and the lookout point in Culver City.
Then, we would get brunch at 5 On The Hill and dinner at La Condesa in Santa Monica. To end the night, we would chill at the hookah lounge, Cloud 9.
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?
ShoutOut to my God given hustle. Without God, I wouldn’t be here.
I would also like to shoutout my Mom. My mothers endurance coming from the Islands, and raising three kids after my father passed, showed me that huddles only build character and give purpose. Thank you Momma.
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