We had the good fortune of connecting with Devante Byrd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Devante, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I honestly believe I had no other choice. In hindsight, I was pretty lost up until I realized I could contribute to music without creating it. I never viewed myself as an artist but I always knew I loved music and the impact it has on life and on pop culture. It took a long time to find my way in but once I decided I wanted to write about creatives and share their works and stories everything just clicked. My confidence went way up and I now have reason to get out of bed and I don’t know if I truly had one before.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The most rewarding part about running my own media outlet (or blog if you will) is that I get to follow the growth of Atlanta artist and interact with them and give a sort of push that hopefully they find valuable. I will never write a slander article or anything negative about people and I never cover anyone whose art I don’t personally like. I believe that focus on positivity will make the overall essence of the brand uniquely positive and that’s important. It wasn’t hard in the literal sense but finding the motivation was the challenge. Just committing to this and understanding the growth is slow and steady was the biggest thing to overcome in this microwave culture where people believe everything must happen overnight.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m all about music and photography so my trip would be centered around that. I love Center Stage, Hard Rock Cafe, and of course the Masquerade is a must for go to music venues. I love roller coasters and the first thing I will do when I acquire wealth is take a tour of all major US roller coasters. SixFlags is very important to me so that would be on the list. Lastly, any place we could get cool shots is a must visit. I know that’s a bit ambiguous but you never truly know what you’ll be feeling and how a place could impact the quality of a photo so I’d just roam the streets until something clicks honestly.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Complex Music kind of put the idea in my head around 2014. I was reading their content everyday for about 5 years after that. I don’t read it at that volume anymore, but they’re really good and really connected and I strive to carry similar weight to artist in the Atlanta area.
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