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Meet Chancellor Warhol of Not Fit For Society in North Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chancellor Warhol.

Chancellor, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started by doing music in Nashville, TN and I was always very engulfed in the creative direction of my projects not only by curiosity but necessity. Through that journey, I was able to perform at many places including The Warhol Museum. I even did a listening party for my album in a planetarium back in 2012 so I was always excited about more than just making the music but also the art that brought my vision full circle. Fast forward a bit and I moved to LA three years ago to today. I needed a bigger challenge and I always felt my energy being pulled to and fascinated by the west coast. I honestly moved out here with no plan, just with the passion and drive of constant access to a platform to create and build something special. Los Angeles is a place that if you know who you are you will have no trouble finding like-minded people who share your passion and will be linear to your vision.

One of the first creatives, colleague, and friend I met was Carrington whom probably is better known as EYES nowadays. I remember getting the call from him that was an opportunity of a lifetime. He asked if I wanted to come film for XO, and it was a no-brainer. I remember us having to go and film and edit the same night, and I literally did not sleep because I felt so at home, like this was a moment I was meant and I wanted to bring my artistry to the table. Keep in mind that up into that point, I’d only edited my own work on a mac mini and self-taught through YouTube when it came to editing video. They ended up loving the visual so much a month later, we were on tour filming for Belly, The Weeknd, and XO. Very grateful because that showed me how to not only be a creative but how a successful creative business is run. Meanwhile, I had a good friend from my music days J Hill, who was a successful manager approach me with the opportunity to do some creative direction for a new act he had signed to Capitol Records. It was such a learning experience again helping me see what the in’s and outs are.

In 2019, J Hill & myself started a joint venture label/creative agency with Sony Music called Not Fit For Society. We’ve literally built it from the ground up with or four artists, Zaia, Teezo Touchdown, Gia, and Elley Duhe. We both had a specific vision looking up to the Rocafella Records, TDE’s, and GOOD Music labels as well as creative agency’s like Donda, Es Devlin’s firm, etc. We wanted to bring something fresh and also not be pigeon hold on one genre or style. I honestly moved to Los Angeles to be a director, I’m a huge study of Stanley Kubrick, Jean Luc Godard, and cinema as a whole. I started with music videos as it was something very familiar to me having worked on my own stuff. That’s the beauty of trying things on your own, you push yourself sometimes out of necessity but you strip away the business side of it so you can focus solely on the final picture. I’ve had great opportunity through Riveting Entertainment getting out my vision with artists like Afrojack and Rae Sremmurd. I am now switching gears and focusing on my first short film called ‘Non Fiction’. I think my progress is to direct a feature but I’m so creative and ambitious that I may design furniture next. I’m currently teaching myself film photography on medium format as well.

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 mean, I definitely wouldn’t call it a smooth road but I’m one of those people that is so focused and determined that I would sleep in my car or a couch the first month of moving to LA but still had a smile on my face and a wide-eyed ambition. I literally started with not much and piled my car and drove across country with just enough to get here to Los Angeles. I’m not the type to ask for anything but I think I was blessed with great people to give me a chance to earn my opportunity.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am Chief Creative and oversee all of the Creative Agency sides of the label. So I direct, do art design, etc. It’s a great collaborative effort with people and teams I respect. I think what makes us unique is that we are a record label and creative agency who loves different and unique minds. Also, the fact that Sony gave a joint venture to young black men is monumental. We want to show the world that we aren’t the next something but the first us. Everyone else is taken so it’s a gift to show the world what you can do.

What were you like growing up?
I was and am a daydreamer, very creative, headstrong and always had to be first or competitive. I was well into art, design, and books when I was 7 or 8. I sometimes feel cinema raised me as well, my parents where always there don’t get me wrong but I would always be allowed to watch movies or go to the theaters and I was hooked. Back To The Future and Akira changed my life. Then I discovered 2001: Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. I was always incorporating those characters into my style and getting lost into those worlds. I’d take my dad’s record player up to the attic and listen to vinyl as well before I knew it was a cool thing. Also, style was always huge to me. I’d have my first month of outfits for school ready to go. I’d work all summer and blow my money on clothes.

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Image Credit:
Cristian Diaz, Zaia, Riveting Ent., Not Fit For Society
personal picture of me by Zachary Gray
https://instagram.com/zacharygray?igshid=ixmd1g9460tb

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