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Meet Aon the Artist

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aon the Artist.

Aon, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was born, my parents were very poor but did whatever it took to make sure I had what I needed. Life was hard but very normal until tragedy struck. I was only five years old when my father passed away with Muscular Dystrophy leaving a widowed mother to take care of her child.

While most stories go downhill from here, my mother saw the opportunity to fight typical adversity of a single parent raising a child. I soon began many musical activities like piano, drums, and other instruments. This has played the foundation of me becoming a successful recording.

When I first began making music back in 2017, I had no connections or knowledge of the music industry. I soon reached out to everyone I knew who was successful with music but only to get ignored. I was so frustrated back then I would pray day and night for someone to mentor me but the help never came. Little did I know, the lack of help was the best thing that has ever happened to my career.

I then was forced to learn how to record my self at home, how to produce my own beats, and even mix and master my own tracks. Although hard work at times, I have always been in control of my final projects or my “masters”. You always hear horror stories in the music industry about artists who are reliant on labels for everything, allowing them to take advantage. I’m blessed to say I don’t have to go through this.

As well as my music career, I now help other artists starting out who were in the same bout I was in. I know how it feels to start with nothing so I try to give back as much as possible now.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As listened in the previous question there has been some major life events that has impacted in negative than positive ways. Another hurdle I’ve had to jump was getting into trouble as a teenager.

Another one has been struggles on the streets. Since my mom worked full time trying to make ends meet, I would have plenty of time on my hands to find ways to get into trouble. I was a smart kid, but a bad smart kid. Once I saved up for my first car at 16, I started dealing drugs. This kept me busy but eventually lead to a destructive lifestyle for me and those around me. I was shot at, held at gunpoint, chased by the police, but always managed to come out ok. I know God was always looking out for me because there was a bigger plan in store and I knew deep down. Every day I knew this.

It wasn’t till I ran into a bad deal and was held a gunpoint that I decided this game wasn’t for me. I realized life on earth is so short and we have to do the best with the tools that have been given to us. It becomes even more real when you see your friends wasted potential spattered on the streets. I knew I had something special and I turn my life 180 degrees in order to see the fruit it could yield.

My grandfather always told me, “your problem is your greatest asset”. This statement became so real to me because I now use events I’ve been through as fuel to push harder. Knowing that nothing comes easy but are given endless opportunities to reach our highest potential.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am “Aon the Artist” and I am a hiphop artist, producer, and sound engineer. I specialize in crossing Hiphop with Trap, along with soulful chords coupled with a melodic flow. I also do this all without explicit content. I believe music is the key to the youth, and the youth is the key to the future. Therefore, I set my self apart from other artist by positively influencing them knowing first hand the harm that could be caused.

I’m most proud that I control my whole recording process and post-production in my own studio. I also love that I am able to give back and record other artists who like me, started with nothing. Although I could, I don’t usually charge them money because I understood what it was like not having that too.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Best lesson I’ve learn is trust the process. There will be things that will happen in life that you have no control over but you must trust that everything will work out in the end. You may think I’m some unrealistic optimist but let me ask you, what is the alternative? I learned there will be times I’m down, but it’s up to me to get up as soon as I can. There was so many times I felt like quitting and I let negative thoughts control me. So if I could speak to my old self, I would say just keep going, trust the process& only God knows the bigger plan.

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Morgan Gradson, Eva Leuthy

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