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Conversations with Nicholas Suhr

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicholas Suhr.

Hi Nicholas, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I am an artist from the Bay Area. I am a musician, barber, and men’s groomer, and I have been in LA full time for three years but have been in and out of town for about ten years. Music first brought me to LA because I was obsessed with the feeling I got from being around other creatives. I loved it. LA can make you feel like a total outsider one day and incredibly inclusive the next…

I am a musician first. I began playing in local bands in San Francisco, then Sacramento, LA, etc… I basically moved around in order to play in bands, lol. I was absolutely obsessed. Drums are my first love and although I am incredibly passionate about barbering and wardrobe, drums brought me all over the world and I have an incredibly special love for them. I toured with an artists named K.Flay for 5+ years and that gig brought me all over the world, I later played for an artist out of the UK named Youngr, and after touring for a while, I wanted something new. I worked in fashion DTLA with Daniel Patrick and then started assisting my friend on a bunch of shoots around LA. I always loved clothing since I could remember, but I honestly didn’t want to do wardrobe exclusively, so I dove into hair. I started learning how to give shaves w/ Woody Lovell at The Barbershop Club and then worked at Blind Barber, and now I work at my dream shop, Unison Men’s Salon. The owner, Ryan Damian is one of a kind and has created something really special with his wife, Melanie. I have a band called Tempoh Slow and am so fulfilled musically because I am now writing, producing, etc. it’s where I am supposed to be right now musically. I just want to make people happy and create things that I don’t feel like I have heard before. I just love being a creative.

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?
Not at all…

I have been rocked many times. I think it’s really hard when one day you can be on stage in front of thousands of people and the next day you are wondering if you are ever going to work again. I think that we all struggle for things that are worthwhile. Being an artist has been a really tough road for me because I battle with anxiety and depression just like everyone, but the uncertainty is really daunting sometimes. I think, over time you get thicker skin, but as an artist, we feel a lot, and there are a lot of “feelings” with this lifestyle, but I couldn’t be happier doing what I do, lol.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a drummer – I am most proud of teaching myself how to play drums because it has brought me all over the world.

I am a barber – I am most proud of just having the patience to stick with something new. I thought I would do music forever and felt really defeated and lost for a while. I shifted into barbering and men’s grooming when I was 30. It’s never too late to make yourself happier. I am extremely proud of that.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
Resilience is most important.

Things are going to be really hard and nothing works as you plan but I think it’s most important to make sure you are never out of the conversation. Good or bad, stay in it bc naturally you will get better if you work hard at something and hang in there. give people the time to catch up

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Photo Credit – Riley Donahue Photo Credit – Aaron Barry

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