We had the good fortune of connecting with Stoney Bertz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stoney, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
I think throughout my time making music I have always compared myself or my next move to what I did before, I think often we can get caught up in a kind of superficial rat race and think we have to do what our counterparts are doing when In some cases that isn’t always the best for us. Comparing yourself to your own accomplishments and not being in a rush to make comparisons can really save a headache and allow you to stay to true to what you do and you are able to measure your success that way.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a hip hop artist. I have been performing and releasing projects since 2011. My style can usually be referred to as smooth boom bap reminiscent of a different time however I like to describe it as what feels like home to me. Initially my biggest challenge was just finding what worked for me, my sound, which I think everyone faces however doing so was often easier said than done. Throughout that time, trying to figure exactly where I fit was not something I really found the answer to but more so became something that was not necessary. After a time, fitting wasn’t the goal it was making sure folks understood what I was hear to do and that was essentially two things, rap better than anyone in the room and 2) any doubt that you may have had regarding my standing in this hip hop thing could never be questioned. When judging by that rubric I would say I am doing alright. I would want the world to know that it hasn’t been easy but it has been beautiful and anything heard in the music is a reflection of that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I originally moved to Denver from Colorado springs so Ill give you my favorites in each. If we started out in Denver I would take them to Jerusalem Restaurant on Evans ave which is hands down my favorite place to eat in Denver. From there drive around the downtown area possible check out the Denver Art museum and scope out any shows for the night that might be going on. In Colorado Springs I would take them to Thai Lily off of Platte Ave which is a really amazing place, after that possibly see some of the Natural wonders in the springs people forget about like Palmer park and other natural scenery.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shout out goes to the arts community in Colorado Springs. There is a tremendous community of Venues and artists that really foster a creative scene and give an opportunity to a-lot of rappers, poets, visual artists, playwrights, comedians and more. Often folks underestimate or done expect that concentrated focus but it is there and one of the main reasons I am here today.
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