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Daily Inspiration: Meet Floyd Fuji

Today we’d like to introduce you to Floyd Fuji.

Hi Floyd, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I started making music when I was really young, about 14/15 years old. Playing guitar in church and in bands around my hometown of Richmond, VA. In 2013 I ended up attending Berklee College of Music in Boston and met my longtime friends and bandmates there. We released two projects and toured for 4/5 years, but when the rest of the band ended up leaving Boston after graduating, we all decided it was time to branch out and blossom on our own. Two years before graduating and leaving Boston, I started producing my solo project. It felt like the perfect moment to really hone in on my influences, learn instruments, and study music in a way I hadn’t as much before. In 2018 I moved to LA and the ball has been rolling ever since.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It’s never a smooth road as an artist. Lots of people telling you no, or I don’t. Periodical lack of inspiration. Assumptions made about you. Everyone has an opinion. Working in music and being an artist is not for the weak. But whenever those challenges come, I just remember my purpose and that what I’m want to accomplish in music is bigger than myself and bigger than one song, one video, or one photo. It’s the sum of parts that make you an artist. Maintaining and upholding your community. My purpose makes those roadblocks feel like little speed bumps in retrospect.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am an artist, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, and I specialize in building worlds. I’m most proud of the community of friends and collaborators that constantly push me and encourage me to step out of my comfort zone. My friends are some of the greatest musicians and artists I know. We all share the same ethos. I think just being such a fan of music and a student of the game is what sets me apart. It’s allowed me to experience so many musical opportunities and work with people from all genres. Not just soul/r&b and hip-hop, but folk, indie, pop, and house music. I want to create a thorough language for all of those sonic palettes.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
My father’s favorite quote is: “A man with self-control is a dangerous man.” I think that applied in all aspects of life to anyone is key.

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