We had the good fortune of connecting with Shiva and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shiva, what do you want people to remember about you?
When the time comes for me to go, I can only hope that with the work I put in now in the present the seeds that I am planting will eventually grow into a forest. My work is for the people and if in my last days I can look back on my life to see that I spent everyday fighting and standing up for the people, that’s a legacy I can pass the torch on with. That’s a legacy that I envision for myself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My main goal when I make art is to make the audience think or feel. I am a huge advocate in using my words to stir emotions or thoughts because in a modern society where a lot of products even those made by creatives can be mind numbing, I believe exciting the soul not the ego is important. I wouldn’t really say I’m that different from other artists pushing for the same thing, the only difference if I had to pinpoint is my own individual experience, wisdom and awareness that I use to fuel the content of my music. It’s also because of those experiences, wisdom and awareness that have brought many challenges along the way of my artist path. You go through changes where if your core isn’t strong if there isn’t a foundation you will fall for anything as the saying goes and your art will definitely reflect that fall from grace. I am fortunate that my personal choices in my life outside of art and activism to always strive and prosper only make my art that much better with each passing year. If there is a message I want the world to understand through my art, through my activism, through my ideals, through my efforts is that my mission is to stand against the ego. The ego of individuals and the ego of society. Through my own personal battles with my own ego that at times were greatly inflated, I understand that is the ego solely that keeps us myself included from our true potential. When I tell my story in my music that’s the game I want the audience to receive, is that I fought, still am, and will always fight my ego so you should join the fight alongside me.
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?
I feel like because I am not originally from LA, the spots I would choose are very specific to my own experiences out here. I personally never got a tour of LA, only exploring parts when I got curious or when the occasion called for it but that’s what made each location special. The first day or two I would most likely show them Pasadena where I currently live just cause it truly is the most beautiful city in LA to me. The view of the mountains, the old vibe you get from the architecture, and just the overall community security you’re exposed to the second you step into town. The next couple days definitely have a hiking scavenger hunt to showcase the many trails you can go to not only for a solid workout but to just decompress for a while. Although some of the trails are crowded at times you can always find a nice in the cut spot to just meditate. I think after that it’ll be the walk around locations that I’ve gone to frequently in the last 3 years of being out here. Downtown LA is a huge personal favorite to skate around and explore but to find the secret shops or restaurants is always a nice excuse to wander. Another spot for sure is venice beach. That was the first location I visited when I moved here and will forever have a place in my heart because of the diversity in culture flowing amongst the people and the activities you see everyone participating in.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Someone I can give credit to and the highest recognition would be Malcolm X. At what I would say was a pivotal moment in my life it was diving into his speeches that pulled me out of a dark place. His autobiography only elevated me further out of the darkness to a place where I have sharper focus on my mission and purpose in life. He deserves all the credit and praise for giving me eternal fuel.
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