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Check Out Chris Catlin’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Catlin.

Chris, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was born in Gand Cayman and moved to the US when I was 8. I grew up in Bradenton, FL always traveling back home to see the fam in Trinidad and Cayman. Growing up id always been surrounded by music, as it’s so crucial to Caribbean culture. But moving to the US really exposed me to culture and the Hip Hop genre that I fell in love with. I started playing drum set when I was about ten and that was my intro to actually playing and making music. Thats when I knew music was where I found my flow. Then, when I was 14 me and my friends would smoke and freestyle at the park, and that led me to start writing raps and lyrics. Ended up going to college at FGCU, and that’s when It turned into a passion and got real. I ended up collaborating with a few producers that helped me really fuse the hiphop urban sound with my Caribbean roots. Capi and Maroon Riddimz to name a few. After I graduated, I moved out to LA, and the flame is ever burning.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Absolutely not. I’ve had to take risks and sacrifice more than most people I know.

I had to leave all my friends and fam, and everything I knew in Florida and move 3000 miles across the country just to keep the dream alive. I’ve had to work jobs that I hated just to make more money meet because I know in this game as an independent artist, it’s nearly impossible to make things happen if you don’t have money behind your music. I’ve had to balance two lives for as long as I can remember, and I’m still doing it. While all my friends can save money for that house or Flex with that car, I save my money and invest it into my craft. And I keep that hidden from a lot of people because I know they won’t understand it because it’s not the safe play.

There were times where everything I worked for and dreamed about was within arms reach, and it all fell apart for no valid reason under my control. In industry like this, where it’s already a 1 in a milli shot, it’s hard to come back from that. But kept faith in God and in the vision. And I have no doubt in my mind that it’s all going to come full circle.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a songwriter and artist. Being from the Caribbean but living most of my life in FL, I have unique grasp on both American pop, hiphop, and island culture. And I’m known for taking island genres, like reggae and Dancehall, and my love for hip-hop and fusing them into one smooth genre-bending sound. I’ve had a few relevant accomplishments I could drop here, but I’m not really a fan of name-dropping so I’m not gonna do that. Honestly, what I’m most proud of it this point in my career is how I’ve stuck to the vision, even when things fell apart, I’m proud of the fact that I’m still here. And I’m proud of what we’re about to do next.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
Los Angeles is great in a lot of ways. It’s a huge melting pot of artists. You get the best of the best from every aspect of art, from the visual artists to the songwriters, to the singers, to the videographers, to the actors, whatever it is. The best of the best come to LA, so if you want to network it’s the place to be. What I like about LA is that it’s full of opportunity.

What do I like least about LA? Parking for sure. I got six parking tickets my first month here.

And on a deeper note, sometimes I feel LA can be a pretty lonely city. It’s easy to feel alone in a room full of people here.

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Cameron Thomas. Allan Turcios.

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