We had the good fortune of connecting with AJ Hebrew and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi AJ, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Balance has definitely changed a lot lately due to the pandemic of course. Whereas before, I was more focused on balancing which gigs I have with which bands on which instrument. Now I’m more focused on which instrument I need to practice more and what sounds do I need to make sure that this patch on my keyboard sounds as close to the record as possible; things of that nature. Because gigs had slowed down, I had more time to work on making the gigs I DID have more effective on my end. So there was more practicing, more recording, more learning, more creativity which is what I needed especially when working on my writing and producing my 2nd EP.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think one thing that really sets me apart is my passion. A lot of artists write about what they think is “popular” or only want to put out what they THINK people want to hear. For me, there’s sooo much music to be made and so much to be said for so many people who may not flock to what’s popular; my music is for those people. I often say when people hear my music, I want them to feel what I feel when I wrote it. Getting here definitely wasn’t easy. Of course at times I got discouraged; seeing where I want to be and realizing that I’m not quite there yet. Or thinking I may never get that dream gig but I realize that I have a purpose and it’s greater than where I am now and better than I could ever imagine. I want people to know that as I progress, I’ll always stay true to my sound, my story and will always remember where I came from.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well when it comes to Montgomery, Alabama, there’s not much to do here but at the same time, there’s plenty…lol. With Montgomery being the birthplace of the civil rights movement, there are many things such as The Rosa Parks Museum, the historic Dexter Avenue Church which was once pastored by Rev. Martin L. King, The Legacy Museum which acknowledges victims of terror lynchings and many more. I’m a foodie so some of my favorite spots to eat include Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ, Wishbone Cafe, Bibb Street Pizza, Brin’s Wings and many more. Not many places here to hang out unless you like clubbing, lol. The downtown nightlife is pretty cool here though.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wow…I work with so many people that it’s hard to name without leaving anyone out! But of course, I have to shoutout God. Without Him, I am nothing. Without the gift that he has given me, I have no idea where I would be and what I would be doing with my life. I also just want to shoutout every artist and every band that I have worked with or am currently working with. You all push me to go farther and really make me want to give my all so thank you.