We had the good fortune of connecting with T-Lost and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi T-Lost, why did you pursue a creative career?
I had been doing really poorly in school; I had been failing the majority of my classes. I was really afraid that I wouldn’t be able to get a job, and I figured that my best chance of being able to survive was making a hit song – which seems even less likely, in retrospect. However, it was very hard to accomplish that goal, with how bad my music was at the time. I was releasing dud after dud, and nothing really spoke to me. I considered quitting music many times, and generally I cited my worry of not being able to become a successful musician.
It’s funny, though. Soon after I stopped looking at music as my only option to make money and started looking at it as a way to express myself, I started making better music and getting more streams. I look back at my old music sometimes, and it’s shocking how much the quality has gone up since then. I’m really happy with where I’m at right now, musically.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
For those who have never heard of me, my music is basically me singing in auto-tune about sad stuff over acoustic beats. It deviates from that sometimes – I’ve been kind of interested in making jazz music, actually – but generally, I stick with that formula. It works, y’know? It helps me get whatever I’m feeling off my chest. It’s not as effective as therapy, but hey, I don’t get streams from therapy sessions!
I’m pretty excited to see the release of my compilation album, ‘2020’. It contains most of the songs I released in 2020. I’ve been taking a break from making music, but during a gaming stream I did with my friend reptilelegit a few months back, I lost a bet and had to release an album in 2021 – so I decided I’d release a compilation album on the last day of the year. I hope people will give it a listen!
Regarding work that’s unrelated to my music, I’m also working on something that I believe has the potential to change the entire live music industry for the better. I can’t share many details, but it’s big!
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 they’re in Long Beach, they should visit Aguas Way. Their Calidillas, which are quesadillas with meat and fries, are just incredible. I wish I could go there every week. They could also try Poly Burgers, where they make really tasty fries that you season yourself at the counter.
If we’re talking about spots in Los Angeles, I would recommend Philippe’s, because their sandwiches are killer. Dave’s Hot Chicken and Farmer Boys also deserve spots on the list; they both make amazing food. Lastly, if you want to go to the arcade, check out Family Arcade LA. There’s a pretty good selection of games to choose from!
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?
Regarding music, I’d love to shout-out my friend reptilelegit. She’s a great singer and she’s really helped me bring my music career to new heights with our collaborations. I also wanna shout-out Imikuris, who taught me how to make my voice sound amazing in my songs. Total game changer.
There’s a bunch of other musicians I’d love to shout-out, but at that point, I’d be shouting for days! In general, I truly appreciate my friends, my family, my collaborators, and my supporters. I’m very grateful for their presence in my life.