We had the good fortune of connecting with Imp and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Imp, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
My gut will let me know everything I need to know about continuing or quitting once something feels off, unfulfilling, or suspicious. Humans are instinctively intuitive in that regard.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve got to where I am through dedication to my craft, chance interactions, and the support of my various musical collaborators. No musician is able to progress and sustain their craft solely on the merits of their self, but rather the combined efforts of those they meet & collaborate with and those who support their creative endeavors. I’m set apart from a lot of my hip-hop contemporaries by my love for creating conceptual records that create entire worlds when the songs are listened to sequentially. I view music as a method of telling stories and reflecting the world that exists outside of it. Music equal parts a tourniquet for the bleeding heart and a machine for uniting people behind just causes. I’ve learned that individuals will want to join in on your successes, sometimes without regard to your personal well-being or moral code. In circumstances such as this, it is completely okay to sequester yourself from those who would rather seek to use you as an opportunity rather than becoming a mutually beneficial confrère.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Assuming this takes place in a time where there isn’t a highly contagious, deadly pandemic plaguing the world right now. I’d gladly take them by Savage Pizza or My Parent’s Basement to eat. I mean, c’mon, what more could one want when there’s access to comic books, beer, and good food? Now if checking out museums is on the itinerary, the Museum of Design Atlanta in Midtown is a must. The MODA is the only museum in the south east dedicated to design, and a much preferred alternative to the High Museum. It’s currently closed due to the ongoing pandemic, but I will definitely be there once it reopens. 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 give credit to Adam Wagner. Wagner influenced a lot of how I chose to execute creating and networking, as well as being generally supportive of my mental health during undergrad. I can’t credit him enough in regards to the lasting effect he’s had on my life. You can find him and his creations via his website https://www.adamdwagner.com/
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