We had the good fortune of connecting with Abe Parker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abe, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I’ve been blown away at how many Dm’s I’ve been getting over the past few months. Fans have been opening up about how certain songs have helped them get through really dark times. Overcoming depression, social anxiety, loss of loved ones, and getting through breakups have been just a few things. I am so insanely humbled to know that people trust me enough to share some of the deepest darkest things they are going through. My goal with these songs is to be able to use some of the hurt that I have gone through in hopes that it can help someone else get through it as well! I’m so grateful to know that what I make a living doing is something that can help people in such a profound way!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think one of the most powerful things about my music is its ability to bypass the brain and go straight to the heart. I try really hard to make sure that the emotions I am writing about come from a place of authenticity. When people listen to my songs I want them to hear those little specific details in my lyrics that let them know… oo wow, yes, only someone who has actually gone through this would have said it this way. Whether it’s a song about social anxiety or a breakup or depression, I want them to feel like they aren’t the only one dealing with their type of pain. There is so much healing in knowing that you aren’t alone!! As far as production goes, I want to create my own sonic universe. I write, produce and mix all my songs on my own. I think this allows me to create a type of vibe that is very specific to the feeling I’m trying to create, free from too much outside influence. I think people gravitate to that! And finally I think people connect with my singing style. I try to not be too perfect. I leave a lot of little “beautiful mistakes” in my tracks. Little vocal cracks and unpolished performances make the vocal takes more real to me and I think the vibe is conveyed to my fans too!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
1.Felini’s pizza. I feel like I take everybody who visits me there.
2.Probably a walk through piedmont park. I’d probably bring a soccer ball and jump in a pick up soccer game if they were down.
3.Then we’d catch a concert at either Centerstage or Eddies Attic… the open mic night at Eddies was one of my first shows in ATL
4. And then we’d probably head back to the studio and write a song… lol
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shout out three families. The Arias Family, The Gronholm Family and the Dizon Family. My journey of becoming a full time musician began with me moving from Ohio to Atlanta, performing on the street and sleeping in my car. Over a period of around 5 years these three families took me in, fed me, housed me and poured into my life in so many ways I know for a fact I wouldn’t be were I am without them. Chris and Andi Arias specifically have invested so much of their time into my life. Chris produced my first 5 songs I released in Atlanta, all the while letting me moved into his house with his family. I’ve never experienced so much generosity and Christ-like love than I did while living with their family! The Gronholm family and the Dizon family were my constant supporters and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to repay them for their kindness and hospitality!