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Daily Inspiration: Meet A-Lista

Today we’d like to introduce you to A-Lista.

A-Lista, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
This journey of mine all started in the city of Sacramento. I was honestly a very quiet and shy person. It wasn’t until my cousin introduced me to FL studio and the idea of making beats. In the year of 2012, I went to school to become a better producer, not knowing I’d find a love and passion for performing and entertaining. I received my AA in MPRA (Music Production Recording Arts) in 2015 and from then on I’ve been focused on becoming the next best recording artist out. I was formally known as “TKstayRokkin” and recently rebranded to “A-Lista”. Performing and being an artist was something I never saw for myself, let alone what my family saw me doing. Once I stepped foot into that realm of music entertainment, I was hooked.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Smooth road? Absolutely not. You know what they say, “nothing comes easy”. I’ve had many different ups and downs within this ride. Between joining, labels ran by friends yet leaving because I felt I was being “placed on a shelf”. Having friends, I’d make GREAT music with but had to separate myself due to their insecurities. I’ve even had a situation with an individual who wanted to be my manager yet had no direction. With graduating from college, I don’t find myself better than ANYONE. But I do come with the knowledge that allows me to know and understand my own worth. Some people don’t know how to handle that.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
A lot of people would ask me, “who influences you?” Or “what is your music about?” And honestly, those answers can be a little everywhere but here it is. I’m all about fun. I’m all about energy. I love a good time, whether its with or without my friends. I’m also an individual that goes and/or went through my fair share of heartaches and heartbreaks, so you may hear some of the music from me that stems from my pain and emotions. All in all, I like to make music that is all around relatable to the everyday listener. We all experience heartbreak so let’s make a song about it, ya know? A lot of people don’t know but I started off as a composer. Someone behind the scenes making the groove you all move to. If I had to be honest, my true passion is Music Production. To sit in a room with singers, rappers, engineers, drummers, pianists, guitarists, etc. and create a song from the ground up my definition of magic for sure. And who doesn’t love a little magic? If I had to pick a few things that set me apart from others, I’d say my drive and my energy. Not to sound cocky or anything but I’ve yet to met anyone to do it like me. No one rocks the mic or struts the stage with confidence like myself. And that’s not me being full of myself, that’s me repeating what others have said to me after seeing me perform. Whether it was once or multiple times. If I had to pick one thing I’m definitely known for, it’s how I rock the stage. Come see me perform and you’ll see why.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
You have to have a drive, first and foremost. Tie that in with faith and patience, I promise you the things you’ll see and achieve will astonish you. I’m nowhere near where I want to be but, I’ve seen and experienced a lot because of those three qualities alone. There’s no room for fear so turn that into curiosity. Don’t let it “kill the cat” but allow it to feed your hunger.

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