We had the good fortune of connecting with Skipp Whitman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Skipp, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
I have tried giving up on music. Quitting. Changing direction. Forgetting about it. But I don’t know how. If you can let go of something, and it doesn’t continue to call you. If you can live without it, and you don’t dream about it, then maybe it was something you never fully needed to pursue. It’s great to try things. Not everythign is going to work for you. It depends on how far along you are also. How much you have dedicated. What you have invested .. sometimes that will make something harder to give up.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
i have, somehow, stuck to my guns, with my art. my music. figured out how to get decent at the exact music that i would love to listen to. tempted by hopping on the wave of ‘current’ rap, but drawn to weird, jazzy, or what some people refer to as ‘old school,’ hip hop … and thankfully i have found a small, but growing audience. independant music is in a better place than it’s ever been in my life. it is democratic. i have only gotten so far as i have (with still a ways to go) by doing. and doing. and doing. and keeping going. the most important lessons that i have learned are to (generally) not take advise. and also, again, just to keep on going.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
i live in Hermosa Beach. definitely, my favorite place that I have lived, so far in LA. we go to a spot along the strand, looking at the ocean/pier called ‘Scotty’s on the Strand.’ our favorites are coconut shrimp and pitchers of Modello with limes and salt. can’t wait to get back. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my family for showing me love, and balance, and support.

Website: skippwhitman.com
Instagram: instagram.com/skippwhitman
Linkedin: linkedin.com/skippwhitman
Twitter: twitter.com/skippwhitman
Facebook: facebook.com/skippwhitman
Youtube: youtube.com/skippwhitman
Other: new album – fanlink.to/struggleraps

Image Credits
-Lana Bone

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