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Meet Hamid J

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hamid J.

Hi Hamid, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I remember being in church choir rehearsal and being selected for my first solo (probably 8 yrs old at the time). I felt like I had conquered the world and had this incredible feeling performing in front of an “audience” aka the folks at church. Since then, it always felt like I was chasing this elusive dream of becoming a singer/entertainer. What it ultimately took was me leaving my comfortable full-time job to create the space to really dive into music: just create, and put myself and my work out there. A very scary concept! I started by downloading Logic on my Mac and just “doing it”. Learning A LOT from YouTube, I am also very fortunate that I’ve had people along the way who helped me get where I am today. Whether it was with songwriting, producing, creating amazing visuals, confidence in my voice – it truly takes a village. A festive one! (Reid, Sky, Yael, Andrew, Priyan, Beau, Matt, Ricky, CHAR)

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The biggest struggle for me was believing in myself and then coming up with a roadmap of getting to where I want to be: make music, tell stories, and make a living out of it. If you want to be an accountant, for example, you have to get a degree in accounting. Then get your CPA license and interview for jobs until you land your dream job in accounting. Since there isn’t a single clear roadmap for becoming an artist, especially an indie/unsigned one, you sort of have to create your own path. Of course, you try to learn from others who have come before you. You try and learn from their experiences, but it is still hard to differentiate yourself from the many talented singers out there. I think I figured out the best way I can set myself aside and introduce myself to the world, is to really lean into who I am: as a person and as an artist. That of course comes with its unique challenges. But I recently made a decision to try and be the most authentic version of myself and hope that it will connect with others to build a community around it.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Mhmm let’s see. I guess I’d want to share that I consider myself a storyteller through the medium of music. I begin this journey by either creating music or thinking about a topic (sometimes one that is currently taboo) that I want us to talk about. From there, I work with really talented folks who help fine tune the message and build a strong sound around it. I also love taking people on a visual journey – so music videos or other visual aspects are very important to me. I love that I can be part of and hands-on in all stages of my craft from songwriting to producing; to creating visual assets, and even picking up choreography (thanks Beau!).

Growing up, I listened to George Michael, Prince, Michael Jackson and Madonna – all artists and entertainers who have inspired and shaped my vision of music. Another idol of mine is Robyn, who has influenced my sound to lean into that unique pop/dance and trying to give songs different layers to connect with.

I am incredibly grateful to many of these artists who paved the way so that I can feel comfortable being completely myself and not think I have to hide any part of me.

Lastly, I am stoked to share that my new EP “Gummies & The Beat” just dropped this week. Readers can check out the EP on all streaming services. A special shout out to Matt Cady for his genius in helping bring the EP to life.

How do you think about luck?
There is a quote that Oprah has about luck: “I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been lucky.” So I know I can control the “preparation” part. Which is why every day, I make myself do something – big or small – to help with my craft. Whether vocal exercising, writing songs, watching performances, listening to music, meditating – anything to help me get one step closer to making my dreams a reality. The other part is recognizing when a door opens and when one remains closed and to know that that door just wasn’t meant for you – at that moment.

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