Today we’d like to introduce you to Seejai Erquhart.
Hi Seejai, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’m originally from Michigan. Born in small city outside of Detroit called Inkster and from there, we moved to suburbs, Southfield Michigan. My father is a gospel/jazz musician so all my early years I heard all types of good music. Sound, melodies and good arrangements is all I know. I started off just writing music and trying to figure out my sound. And at the time, I didn’t know if wanted to be an artist or anything like that. I just know that I was good but caught between basketball and music. My mind was made up quickly after a song I did “All I need” hit the radio the and ppl like it a lot. I figured I’d take the momentum from this and leave Detroit. So I left. I moved to Atlanta for a few years to see what that was like. I was always in and out of the A splitting time between Detroit and LA in hot pursuit of a career in music. I’ve had songs on the radio, tv and in a few movies. It’s most definitely not for the faint of heart.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Any industry you choose won’t be easy and for me, I chose to try two of the hardest in my opinion. Basketball and music. I’m an Ex Div 1 basketball player. I played at Eastern Michigan University and from there, I tried to play some professional basketball and that didn’t work out at all due to some health issues that kept popping up throughout my college career but I’ll get to that. I played ball and wrote songs while learning to produce music the whole time I played basketball. Music was different. Music was an outlet that I needed. For me, music is an industry of HOPE in my opinion. You hope that the people you are meeting are legit and can help further your career in some way. Industry life is full of empty promises, lies and a lot of games being played come along with the territory. It can be very disheartening at times. But if you truly love music, you will power through it. I hit a major pause on my career when I started getting sick in 2011. Things rapidly declined and in 2014, I found myself in the hospital needing a heart transplant. The same heart issues that plagued my basketball career show its ugly face yet again during my music career. This was a surreal and humbling moment for me. All I know is I wanted to live.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m an artist, singer-songwriter and producer. I arrange, engineer and consult with other aspiring artists who want to improve their sound/performance and are looking for industry advice. Wearing all those hats makes me a marketing specialist. Lol, What I’m most proud of actually doesn’t have anything to do with music right now. The fact that I got a heart transplant trumps (no pun intended) everything. October 28th, 2014 will always be my second birthday. I’m so blessed to be able to sit here and do this interview right now.
Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
For me, hard work, integrity, empathy, inner peace, self-motivation, hunger for success and being able to smile and laugh are major things that people absolutely need to have in order to be successful. I’d like to think that I possess all of these. Obviously, there’s plenty more that I can say but those stick out to me the most at this time in my life. We have to do what we can in order to protect our mental space. Securing one’s Intellectual property is key!
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- Website: www.seejaimusic.com
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