Today we’d like to introduce you to Heaven X.
Hi Heaven, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started as a hip hop producer making beats for underground artists on the west coast. I then went on tour with hip hop legend KRS-ONE where he showed me the conscious side to hip hop culture. That experience sparked my spiritual journey, and after returning from tour, I felt inspired to use music to uplift people.
Shortly after tour, I stepped away from the music industry and became a music therapist for autistic children. During this period, I would play kids different meditation sounds, and I witnessed first-hand the healing effects it had on them. This ignited my curiosity about meditation, and I decided to become a full-time monk.
For the next six years, I lived in temples across India and the United States practicing meditation every day and reading ancient philosophy about the nature of the universe. From there, I became a public speaker sharing my journey with 1000s of college students on different campuses, including UCLA, USC, and NYU.
Around this period, I knew it was my time to transition out of monkhood. In addition to running Good Luck Yogi, a meditation app for kids, I entered the recording studio to promote the ancient wisdom and higher conscious living I learned as a monk.
During this highly creative 6-month period, I recorded over 25 songs, 400 beats and put together a debut project titled The Enlightenment. My first single, Kids (Keep Ya Head Up), is a mission statement piece about helping uplift the next generation, something I wholeheartedly stand for.
I’m fortunate to be mentored by industry greats like Wendy Day who is responsible for the careers of Eminem, Master P, Cash Money Records, and many other rap legends. I’m also grateful for the mentorship of independent artists like Sylvan Lacue and music industry veteran Troy Carter of Venice Music with whom I signed a distribution deal.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The main struggles included finding the right people to work with throughout the pandemic.
Most recording studios were closed, but I happened to find one that was open and got a chance to work with an amazing audio engineer, Gela Akhalaya, who has gone on to work with artists like D Smoke and Jordin Sparks.
I also needed skilled videographers, artists, and sound designers to produce music videos. We happened to attract the right crew including our videographer and designer, Alex Stoica. With Alex, we produced seven music videos in the last six months throughout LA and Orange County.
Everything seemed to happen at the perfect time, and we know we’re moving in the right direction.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I like to train like an athlete when it comes to hip hop. I spend many hours at the library studying words and trying to construct the best rhyme schemes. I enjoy being lost in sound as I produce beats every morning, sometimes at 4 AM, which is when I used to go to the temple as a monk.
These are my new meditations, and I’m hopeful I can use my service to make this planet a better place.
I’m most known for my artistry and music production.
I don’t want to sound like other producers. I’m trying to bring something new to the culture, and every time I chop up a new sample or create a new beat, I’m trying to bring a unique flavor to it.
When you listen to my music you’ll hear a lot of vocal samples, sounds from around the world, R&B influences, thick bass, and boom-bap style drums that bring it all together with a real street vibe you can bounce to.
What I’m most proud of is following my dreams.
Whereas many first-generation Indians born in America are sometimes forced to become doctors or engineers, I rebelled and followed my heart which was called to make music.
I think it’s riskier playing it safe; that’s when we lose our child-like spark and joy for life. We have to take risks to experience life to the fullest.
As a child in the public education system, the encouragement to explore my creativity wasn’t there. I was taught to be quiet, memorize facts, and take standardized tests. If we want to change the world, we need to start with the future of the world – the kids – and inspire them to discover who they are and embrace their talents.
Above all else, I think my monkhood, my experiences traveling to many parts of India, the sounds and styles I bring together in my music, and my absolute love for hip hop culture set me apart from those who are simply in it to make a dollar or promote illicit lifestyles.
Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
Stay authentic. That’s the most important message.
We’re all individuals. Be personal in all your dealings, and don’t conform.
Other than that, you can watch my new music video on YouTube and follow the journey on social media. We’re about to bring a whole lot of flavor.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://www.heavenxmusic.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heavenxmusic
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/heavenxmusic
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/heavenxmusic
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6qny4ePhyaIIZ0gRvsOoTN
Alex Stoica Brady Werkheiser