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Meet Anthony Hawkins of Sad Planet in Santa Ana

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Hawkins.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in various cities within LA and the Inland Empire of Southern California. My family and I were constantly moving and I went to about 11 different schools. As a child, my best friend and I used to draw our own comic book series and give copies to all our fellow 4th-grade friends. That was my first artistic experience. As I grew older, I became more interested in music. I taught myself guitar, bass, piano, and eventually how to compose and produce beats.

As my musical talents increased, I began to get recognition and would be hired by artists to play guitar for their shows. I would also start various bands with my friends and write songs. At the time, I didn’t have a stage name or a brand. I was still young and loved being around art and music. I wanted to be an artist.

Eventually, I ended up leaving California for a few years. I got a scholarship to attend college in South Dakota. At the time, the move seemed very random, but I ended up meeting good people and falling into good opportunities. I was featured in fashion shows, performed in festivals and concerts, worked as a news editor and started a film series with my girlfriend. I think being so far away from home allowed me time to adequately reflect on the artist and individual I wanted to be.

Upon returning home to California, I came up with the idea for Sad Planet: a combination of music, film, fashion, and literature. Sad Planet wouldn’t be just an artist or a brand, I wanted to make it a culture. I began making my own clothing, designing my own watches, playing shows, writing and scoring films with my girlfriend, and producing instrumentals and songs… all under the name of Sad Planet. I think of it as a platform to freely create mixed media within the “Sad Planet Universe”. I have been working on developing my following in LA, Orange County and the Midwest.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I believe true art reflects the artist. My life and upbringing have been very turbulent, but it’s taught me how to adapt to a wide variety of situations. I think the art and music I create reflects the ability to adapt and be versatile. I’ve had my up and down moments, especially moving out on my own when I was 18 and supporting myself ever since. I don’t have a lot to fall back on other than what I’ve created for myself. But that’s the beauty of it, the success I attain, especially in music, belongs to me, and more importantly, to my faith in God, who has blessed me with great friends and the ability to formulate vision.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Sad Planet – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Sad Planet encompasses many forms of media. I design my own clothing and merch. I have shirts, bags, mugs, watches, coasters, and even Christmas ornaments. I create music, both with the Sad Planet band, as well as producing instrumentals and beats. I compose for film and video, most notably for the collaborative Sad Planet and Rich Aperture film series. You can view all my work on my website: sadplanet.space.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I’m looking forward to creating content that adequately reflects where I am in life, who I want to be and where I want to go. I’ve released lofi instrumental tapes in the past, but right now I’m writing my debut studio EP. I’m also excited to make new friends and continue to build my fanbase in LA, Long Beach, Santa Ana, and Rancho Cucamonga, as well as expanding my Midwest following in Minneapolis, MN and Sioux Falls, SD.

Also, I’m hosting my first annual Sad Planet Planetarium show in downtown Long Beach. I have a great line-up of artists. I’m excited for that.

Pricing:

  • Sad Planet “Timekeeper” watch – $40
  • Sad Planet mug – $15

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Image Credit:
Rachel Rich – Rich Aperture, Anthony Hawkins – Sad Planet

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