We had the good fortune of connecting with Octavia Landix and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Octavia, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
I know for me personally, this question is a very realistic question and has come across my mind before. I consider myself to be a very ambitious person and believe that when the going gets tough, that’s confirmation that I’m doing something right. Building a business is not suppose to be easy and hardships and challenges is your training ground. Somethings you will only learn through trial and error. In giving up, you will NEVER know if you could have accomplished what you were going after. If you keep going, you allow your self the opportunity to get better, gain understanding and the chance to concur what lead to the doubt of giving up in the first place. I have surprised myself many times just by not giving up. Going on has made me wiser, smarter, and stronger.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a music producer, my ultimate goal is to create music that makes another person go “I want to listen to that again.” I guide the ship, create the sound, bring the vision to life and give direction to the music. Whoever I’m working with, I’m entrusted to bring all the pieces together to create music people want to buy. I make the tough calls, say what does or doesn’t sound good, and bring in the right people; whatever is necessary to make a memorable song. As an engineer I am responsible to make sure that the sonic quality, development of the entire song is captured, and delivered all the way to the final stages of release. My outlook going into a song sets me apart. I don’t like to follow trends but also know how to incorporate them into the music I produce for relevance and memorability. In the back of my mind I am always thinking “how can I elevate this song”;” bring out the very best in it.” When creating, I am listening for something different to capture the listener’s attention. That can be a sound, instrument, lyric, anything. I have to want to hear the song more than once, that lets me know I’m moving in the right direction. For me to be in the place I’m currently at wasn’t easy. I have sacrificed steady income, people I knew telling me “get a regular job,” sleepless nights, and at times working for free. I knew being in the environment of what I loved so much would be sacrificial in order to get at a professional level. I would pack a bag of clothes, a throw blanket, and a pillow in the trunk of my car, planning to be gone for 2 or 3 days straight days in the recording studio. I would produce, eat, produce, sleep, then repeat. I wanted to learn how to run all the outboard gear equipment, consoles and software while developing my musical sound. I’d locked myself in the studio till I got results hours at a time. By continually being at the recording studio I’ve met very prestigious people. Songwriters, artist, other producers & engineers, managers, you name it. People would peep their heads into my sessions at times because they like what they heard through the doors; they wanted to know who was in working. I can honestly say I have learned along the way that you have to be a risk taking, dice rolling rebel challenging what you have been told the norm is. What seems logical doesn’t always work when it’s applied and I consider myself to be a logical person. I want people to know that regardless of what things looked like, I stuck with it. When I concurred one fear, I moved on to the next one. I didn’t allow my situation to stop me doing what I loved. I did not allow my fear to stop me from pressing forward; I did it scared.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh man! I know so many people. First and foremost I thank the most high, my creator, YHWH/Yeshua for trusting me. Where I am now and the exposure I have gotten is ordained by him. I am nothing without him and continually rely on his spirit to lead and guide me. It is essential for me because I know there is a bigger picture. To all of my tribe of family, friends, loved ones that has spoken into my life, encouraged me, helped me when I was down, gave a donation, taught me, mentored me, trusted me, referred me, showed me how to budget, gave me a chance, prayed for me, fasted with me, support my business, share a post, checked me, check on me, took a risk on me, saw something in me when I didn’t see or understand it, still praying for me, down with me through the process, you know who you are. THANK YOU!
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