We had the good fortune of connecting with Voiod Stryker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Alright, so let’s jump right in. Is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
To me, success means excellence in my field. Which is music production, engineering and sound design. Being able to compete at the highest level of this is one of my daily drivers. I believe my success comes from my constant state of curiosity and patience for the process. I always strive for excellence and continue to build upon my craft, connections and the evolutions that come from the process of being successful at what I do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a music producer, audio engineer and a sound designer. Usually, while each of these jobs is its own gig, I really enjoy crafting my art up until the final delivery. I love exploring the intersections between technology, innovation, and music. I love the creative process. My work is invigorated by experimentation with new methods while bringing out the best performance of the artist. Adapting to sonic changes and genres is the name of the game. Popular music is like audio fashion and I’m continuously striving to find the next generation of artists to collaborate with. I moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, my paths crossed with Rick Nowels where I got to work on some great projects including FKA Twigs, Lana Del Rey, Adele etc. After that one door opened another one and that’s how I got to where I am. I really do believe that striving for excellence presented me with these opportunities and I’m really grateful for it!
I’ve found success by building genuine, empowering relationships that not only produce great music but also work to collaboratively elevate the craft. Through the repetition of connecting with good people, the repetition of connecting to audiences, and the repetition of exploring my sound, I realized that like-minded people can have a great time together and accomplish great things (make great music) as well… Giving up has never been an option for me. As a newcomer, I have always had to work harder to show my skills and prove myself in the sector doing what I love to do. I never stop working on my special skills that set me apart from others and am circumspect of the lessons I’ve learned along the way. I just keep going, because I know somehow life sorts itself out for the best if you work hard and stick to your passion. If you care about something enough, then no matter what challenges or triumphs life throws your way, you just keep pushing for excellence and try to enjoy the journey of what you are meant to do. That special sound comes naturally when you operate at a level that incorporates innovation, curiosity and boldness; I have never been fearful of venturing into uncharted territory. Mentors always remind me that life is not about the destination, it is about the journey. If you truly set your mind to realizing your dream and tirelessly work at it, then there is no limit to what one can achieve in life. I started from absolute scratch and am now in the process of building something beautiful and that I have always dreamt of. The moral of the story is; just stick to your gut feeling, have self-confidence, be a constant learner, don’t be afraid to fail and see challenges as opportunities. No one said good things come easy, right? I’m really proud of the business team I have assembled; this includes attorneys, accountants, and managers whose support you need to survive and grow your business. When in a rut, it is sometimes so easy to lose focus and overlook what we have achieved thus far in life, so this interview, in a way, helps me retrace how far I have come since moving to LA.
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?
A fun typical weekend for me would include a few of the following things:
Grab a coffee at a local spot and have breakfast at Sam’s Bagels.
Take a walk on the Venice Boardwalk. Then head to Malibu to eat at Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market and Patio.
Spot by one of the weekend farmer’s markets, depending on what side of town you are on.
Hit up a friend’s studio to collaborate and make music.
Have a drink and pizza at Jon and Vinny’s or Jones Hollywood, then a nightcap drink at Soho.
Hike Runyon or Griffith Park, or walk one of the reservoirs.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am here today because of my mentors. To me, mentorship is the most powerful way of learning and sharing information. Over the years, my parents have been my biggest supporters; they never doubted me and showed me how perseverance and trust will guide you. I dedicate my musical beginnings to my uncle, Semih Erdogan for letting me start mixing in the studio at age 11, for coaching me in life, craft, and business. I have immense gratitude for David Mash, who encouraged me to audition for the Berklee College of Music, which changed my life. I also credit a few of my favorite teachers from the Berklee College of Music: Michael Bierylo, Prince Charles Alexander, and Jonathan Wyner, for always making the extra time to answer my questions!
Courtesy of Void Stryker