We had the good fortune of connecting with Li’den Katarn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Li’den, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
When I first started, I had a bad habit of always trying to be competitive with those around me, who had similar goals and interest. I really only wanted to be the best of the best. Since then, my ideals have changed. The most important thing to do in this industry is to keep working, while also supporting your peers. Clap for them when they win, and they’ll do the same for you. Staying humble is key.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Discovering some of Compton, California’s most popular rap icons, Kendrick Lamar and N.W.A definitely inspired me to get started. I loved their portrayal of story telling and controversial subjects. That was the first initial budge to getting started. Then, about a year into making music on my own, I discovered Witt Lowry, NF, and Hopsin, who helped me quickly find out that I wanted to write personal songs about emotional stories and experiences, with hopes that others can relate. It wasn’t easy. I started with nothing. I went into a Guitar Center, bought an interface and a cheap microphone, and hooked it up to my cheap computer. Finding my style/flow was also extremely hard. I had mixed feedback. Some of it was extremely positive, and some of it was extremely negative. I think having negative words thrown your way about your passion can be the hardest and most discouraging part. But I’ve learned since then that every single artist will have negative words thrown at them for their art, and if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be doing it correctly. Now I have a fairly nice home studio built, and appreciate any negative feedback that comes my way, as it reminds me that I am doing everything correctly.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Some of my favorite towns/cities are Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Downtown Denver, and Estes Park. Living in Aurora all my life, I always find that trips up to those places can always be interesting, with the scenery, shopping, and restaurants. And of course you can’t forget Elitches. What would a trip toColorado be without a day at Colorado’s iconic amusement park?
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give a huge thanks to my brother, Lance Note, and one of my peers KorDrew. Lance Note and I share the same dream, so we sometimes work together, give each other advice, and constructive criticism on how we can do better. KorDrew is a Colorado producer who is taking his dream to California. He produces some of my own music, and also helped me get started, along with teaching me some things there is to know about sound engineering.
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