From Dreamer To Business Owner

When I was 7 years old, I was in my modest little home in Detroit with my parents.  At this age, I was experimenting with everything.  You know….just being a kid.  However, I started to realize that I wasn’t ordinary.  At school, I got along with pretty much everyone, but I never fit in anywhere I went.   As a young boy, it is often expected of you to play a sport.  I tried that and I was terrible at it. LOL.  So, one day I was listening to the latest pop hits on the radio and I couldn’t help but be very intrigued by not the voice, but the beat.  I was fascinated at how each beat seemed to be so simple, yet complex and every beat made me bob my head.  That same day, I went home and searched “How to make beats” on YouTube.

All the videos I watched included a program called Fruity Loops.  At 7 years old, I was broke and I couldn’t afford the program so I downloaded the demo.  I would go on to spend hours on hours learning the program and its intricacies.  I made various beats that were all HORRID in their own right, but that isn’t the point.  The point is that my mind was churning and I was creating.  Fast forward to age 11, I am now making beats daily and giving them to artists to use for free.  I knew nothing about the business aspect of the “music business.”  Later on, I found out that people can actually make a living off of this stuff and I loved it so much that I decided that it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

In 2015, I moved to North Carolina with my brother and attended high school there.  I had always wished to be a star and to be recognized everywhere, but I was not prepared for what was about to happen.  The more I made beats for others, the more disappointed I became in the fact I didn’t like any of the songs that people were making with my beats.  So I thought, “Why not rap on your own beats?”and I did.  I wrote a song about all my past struggles and paired it with one of my old beats and “Break The News” was born.  I released the song under the name SpiceOnTheTrack and it reached 1000 plays in the first week!  I was in shock.  From this point forward, I was known to everyone as Spice.

After 2 years of developing my sound, learning how to mix and master and learning the business side of things, I started to see myself as a commodity.  In 2017, I created my own clothing line to sell at my shows.  I created my own website to sell shirts and my music from.  I also put out two albums and did my own marketing campaign for both.  As a freshman at Oberlin College, I am currently working on another album that is gonna come out most likely in the Spring.

Now my art has transitioned from a hobby, to a career and I am so proud of how far I have come as a working musician.  What hobby do you have that you can turn into a business?

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