Today we’d like to introduce you to Bishop Sparks.
Bishop, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Music has always been a part of my upbringing since birth. It has really been the strongest motivation throughout my entire life. Almost every single person in my family is musically inclined so for me it was always a no brainer that I would also grow up and pursue music. Some of my earliest memories are of my father practicing his Bass guitar or taking me on shows with him and watching him perform. It left a huge impression on me. For the most part my earlier musical journey was through jazz and classical music. I grew up studying music formally. I was in a music advancement program at The Juilliard school in Manhattan and played multiple instruments. I didn’t really gravitate to hip-hop until high school. Once I started rapping it felt like the final puzzle piece to discovering myself as an artist. I was able to incorporate so many different influences and sounds into my own artistry. Musically everything made perfect sense. Since then I’ve just been dedicated to improving the craft. There is always room for improvement and I strive every day to be a better musician and a better person.
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’ve been super fortunate to have both my parents love and support me my entire life. I was always in an environment where being creative and following passions where always encouraged. They helped me get through college and I was able to get my master’s degree in music because they never gave up on allowing me to go after my passion. There were plenty times in my life where I often questioned what my actually goals where and they always kept me on the right path and it has shaped the man I am today. Alongside being a musician, I also work as a Special Edu teacher. So those morals and ideals they instilled in me are the same things I try to teach all of my students. Follow your dreams and passions and never stop the pursuit of greatness.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Me and my cousin started Brooklyn Alchemy to create a platform where we could allow local artist of color a stage and opportunity to showcase their talents. It was really in response to so many booking companies taking advantage of these young artist just starting out and overcharging them hundreds and hundreds of dollars for a 1 song set. The music business can be really cutthroat at times. We wanted to create a platform by artist for artist. We never charge performers for a spot on a show and we even give artist ways to make money. We bring out musicians, painters, dancers and poets and put them all in a space to connect, network and share their god given gifts with one another. We have had artist from across the world come to our shows to share their talents. I think what sets us apart is we aren’t in it for the money, never have been and never will. Our mission is to create a family of artist and fans that can uplift others and sow positive seeds in the community.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up I wasn’t too much of a trouble maker but my mother always said that I talked way too much. I stayed out of the streets and was always doing something musical. I loved reading books, comics and manga and was a Star Wars fanatic. As I got older if I wasn’t practicing music or creating a song, I was at the boxing gym. Boxing is my favorite sport by far because of how real it is. Once you step in the ring it’s just you and you have to protect yourself at all times. I think Boxing reflects life in so many ways and helped me to build tremendous character and confidence. Even with that I have I’ve always had a shy somewhat reserved personality. I think it takes me a while to get comfortable in new environments. I believe that’s why music has always been my one of my passion. Its expression in its purest form and allows me to be myself and tell my story.
- Email: Alchemybookings17@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bishopsparks/