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Meet Tumang

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tumang.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Growing up on the south side of Chicago. I was in and out of the foster care system my parents at the time were on drugs all the time. Growing up in that environment was very rough on top of that being, let’s just say the odds were stacked against me since birth. Now only did the world see me as nothing but so did my family at least that’s how I felt at the time.

Once I finally found a home it was great to me, I had a mother that loved me took me in when she did not have to. She adopted 5 of us. As well as having two kids of her own. It was a crazy household, to say the least. Picture a house full of different personalities, different walks of life, and ethnicities together all the time. Not everything was perfect but at least we were family, we had a roof over our head and food on the table eat night. I don’t know how my mom did but she did and I will always be grateful.

As I got old to was time for me to leave, I got kicked out of the house at 17. My mom couldn’t afford it anymore. I was literally homeless sleeping in the street. On park benches, I had no money to my name. But to be honest, I learned how to be a man. I found music since I never really had friends growing up music was my outlet. We changed schools all the time cause we moved. I got bullied most of the time so I always stayed to myself. When I had nothing, music was my outlet. It helped me channel how I felt. I’ve never been good at expressing my feeling but music made to easier. It gives me purpose and meaning and I am working to live out that full potential.

Has it been a smooth road?
I think as an artist, it’s never a smooth road. We put ourselves out there. Our emotions, feelings everything. Just for people to judge or relate or maybe not pay attention at all. Right now, I’m trying to be a student of the game. Been doing internships for PR companies, writing for different artists. Just trying to study. With the world of social media, a gift cause you has so much knowledge you can learn. So much information is available.

I’m learning that there is no right way to put out music. I made the mistake of judge myself on other successes and they held me back because I wasn’t focused on me and what I have in front of me. At the time, not knowing there are millions of dollars behind that certain artist and I have to work 10 x times as hard to even touch that amount of success. The obstacles and challenges I faces were cause I put them there no one else.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
As an artist, I am just happy to create vibes and feeling for people to relate to. I have met people who listen to my music and just relate to it in there own way and I think that it’s so cool. I am nowhere near the heights I want to reach but I am working hard to get there.

The biggest thing for me is to appreciate the people around me. The people that gravitate towards the music and really get to know them and assist them in any way possible.

I call myself an artist cause what we do is an art we create pictures with words.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The thing I like best about Los Angeles is the opportunity. There is took many opportunities for you not to win. If you work hard and apply yourself, it will happen it just takes time.

A big dislike me is being from Chicago, it was a culture change living in a state that has so much but people are so greedy, I guess just shocked me. But it is what it is.

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