We had the good fortune of connecting with La’Don Batiste and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi La’Don, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born in Louisiana and spent my earlier years growing up in California/houston! I didn’t find a steady home until I moved to Cartersville, GA were I was eventually raised. Experiencing so many cultures at young age has helped cultivate the true person I am today. Being a open minded individual has done me no harm I’m able to easily connect with or be somewhat relatable to those least expected just from my sporadic upbringing. It was rough back then nowadays I’m forever grateful for having those memories that still play a big part in my career today. Being stagnant for too long is never a good thing for me. Personally i’m at my best when life is “on the go” I find true comfort in starting from scratch even in my songwriting process.
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’m a artist/songwriter from Cartersville, GA(288 we str8) I’m not your average artist from GA with a ATL sound. My music is nothing more but a reflection of my perspective from the many moments I’ve experienced, to the sounds I was fortunate enough to come across before I ever picked up a mic. I’ve sacrificed & worked so hard to even get to this point it’s a daily challenge chasing your dreams. You have days were it feels possible and it seems like nothing can stop you. Then you have self doubt days were it feels like you’re throwing a rock at the moon. Ive learned to completely eliminate those self doubt thoughts entirely. I’m learning that god pushes you into the right position when he feels that you’re ready so as long as I do my part I have no worries just faith. You might not yet heard of me or my music in the future I will change that narrative. Making good quality music is what I’m all about that will never change because it’s something that I truly love to do.
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?
I love ATL it has so much to offer lets break in down in tiers shall we
Two urban licks, Pappadeaux, Slutty Vegan, The capital grille, Rays on the river, Fogo De Chao, STK, Kobe,
Cigar Spot: Fellowship
Adult entertainment: Onyx, Cheetahs, Magic city(Mondays), Oasis, Blue flame, Pink pony (From what im hearing) lol
Gathering Spots: Ponce city rooftop, The battery(braves stadium), Beltine, Little five points, Top golf, Underground mall
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a personally shoutout to my favorite author Tarris Batiste. He has recently released a book titled “Don’t let it smoke you” available on amazon check that out. He’s been someone that has been in my corner since the beginning more than a sibling. I wouldn’t of made it the far in my career without his words of encouragement. Love u bro