We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Hart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson I learned is that nothing is going to happen overnight. As a musician, it can be really frustrating to try to get attention and stand out from all the people doing the same thing as you do. It takes a lot of trial and error, and most of the time things don’t work. It takes a lot of patience. Sometimes it seems like people blow up overnight but then you go into their Spotify library and see that they’ve been putting out music for 10 years and are just now getting attention for it. Recently i’ve just been trying to get out on the scene and meet more people and I’ve found it to be a lot more rewarding than focusing on numbers. Just like a lot of businesses, you don’t see the behind-the-scenes work, but if you’re in it for the long haul success will happen.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a musician, producer and singer-songwriter based out of Atlanta, GA. I write and produce all of my own songs and I also perform with other artists in the city as a guitar player. I’ve been playing music since I was 10 and started making my own music in 2020 during the beginning of the pandemic. I’ve learned everything I know largely through trial and error but also through being around a lot of other talented people. The hardest part of being a creative is trying to distinguish yourself from the thousands of other people who also do what you do. I think the hardest part for me to reconcile with is that there is no set path to success as an artist, but because of that, success can be something you define for yourself. Setting goals and finding incremental ways to reach them have been much more rewarding for me than trying to just be “successful”. And i’m finding that those little victories add up to something more.
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.
There’s something to find in almost every neighborhood in Atlanta. I live on the westside and love to get food in West Midtown. My favorite restaurants over there are Redbird and Eight Sushi so i’d definitely take them there. I also love Desta as well. Some of my favorite places to take people are the Botanical Gardens in Midtown, Ponce City Market in Old 4th Ward and Criminal Records in Little 5 Points. Also if people like to get outdoors it’s fun to drive out to Amicalola Falls or Sweetwater creek and go for a hike.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Any success I have Is largely due to the support of my wife, Katie. She believes in what i’m doing more than I do half of the time. She always pushes me out of my comfort zone and tries to make sure I’m giving it my all and putting myself out there. I couldn’t do it without her!