We had the good fortune of connecting with Korby Bohannon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Korby, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important and devastating lesson I’ve learned in this business is that everything you have can be taken away from you at any moment; it’s a very fickle business and at any point in time the industry can say, “okay, we’re done with him!” That fear of the rug being pulled from under me makes me want to do everything I can to stay on top of the game and keep grinding and climbing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am my own brand, so it gives me a card to brag about myself sometimes, haha. Everything about me is different; my mannerisms, my mindset, my work ethic… I’m just built differently. The unique nature of how I approach things has allowed me to get to where I am today. I’ve currently been a full-time recording artist and audio engineer for going on six years now; granted, all of it hasn’t been monetarily pleasing, and I still have rough months, but the fact that I can say I pay the bills with my music both humbles me and makes me proud. Because my income fluctuates month-to-month, I’ve been forced to really take control of my finances and learn how to budget appropriately; little tip: just because you have a few excellent months DOES NOT mean you should spend as if that’s going to be a consistent pattern, haha. Trust me, I know from experience… But, ultimately, I don’t do it for the money; I do it for the love of creating something that heals me in the midst of whatever I’m going through, and that, in turn, heals others when they experience similar issues. I’ve been through a lot of shit, man; I never knew my dad until I was grown, wrecked cars, been in fights, went to university, got kicked out of university, got married, got divorced, became an alcoholic, tried to kill myself, found an enriching love which later ended horrifically, had a daughter that i’ve never been able to see, and I have songs diagraming each event. I’m an open book. Go listen.
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?
Man, I’m the worst at this, haha. My friend would probably just arrive and then we would take it from there using Google as our reference for whatever we’re feeling at the moment.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Man, there are SO many people who deserve recognition for helping me get to where I currently am. I want to shoutout my ex-wife, Hannah Branham, for getting me started; my very good friend, first studio client, and a phenomenal artist, Myles Awai, for being there for me and letting me bring his vision to life; any and everybody who’s given me a chance, booked me for a gig, came to a show, purchased an album, and told me that my music touched them in some way. There are too many to list here, but just know I love and appreciate all of you.
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