We had the good fortune of connecting with Lil Bird and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lil Bird, how do you think about risk?
I would say that risk taking is everything when it comes to truly growing. But there’s an important distinction to be made too. Some things feel like risks to your mind, but actually they are the proper next move and you’ve prepared to take that step. In this situation it’s just a matter of overcoming the fear you have, and stepping into the reality that you belong in. This is a constant experience in growing. Then there’s real risk, where you haven’t prepared and you may not know much about what it is you’re doing, it’s more a shot in the dark and you’ll be relying on your ability to adapt. This is less common, and I would say not always necessary, unless you really need to shake things up in your life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a musician, and the music I make is the result of my influences and creative process. I think what sets me aside from other artists is how I create. I grew up learning songwriting, and more traditional methods of writing music. This entails spending long amounts of time perfecting one piece of music, and not writing a large quantity of songs. Then I learned from artists in Atlanta how to write very quickly and spontaneously in the studio while recording. I’ve now combined these processes in order to write music that I feel have the genuine fresh energy of spontaneity, but also the clarity and staying power of taking time and care with the writing. This journey has been anything but easy. In fact it’s constantly uncomfortable. It’s become a training in gratitude really, and that’s why I continue on this path. I’ve had to learn to lower my expectations, and raise my gratitude. I’ve always learned not to depend on external energy as motivation. Everything comes from within and from the heart. These lessons have crossed over into all aspects of my life and energy, and I’m grateful for that. The challenges are always overcome with patience and persistence. I really resonate with the slow and steady mindset, everything natural, nothing forced. What I want people to consider when listening to my music, is the lively energy of the vocals. I’m really putting all my life force into my vocals, so that they make others lively and fresh. Life is a crazy adventure, and we need to find freshness in each moment in order to enjoy the struggle. May this music support your own liveliness, and boost you in whatever pursuits you choose.
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?
If someone was visiting me, I would largely divide the time into two parts, eating and being in nature. We’d spend a couple days touring all the different tacos spots in the city. From Buford highway, to Supremo, to El Progreso, seeing all the variations. Then we’d do a tour of Vietnamese food in Chamblee, comparing Banh Mi’s and Pho. Then a tour of Indian food in Decatur, and off course exploring new age southern specialties in the A. Slutty Vegan, Soul Vegetarian, boiled peanuts from the farmer’s market, peaches from up North. For nature spots we’d go to all the main state parks, Sweetwater, Stone Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain, Sawnee Mounatin, Ruby Falls, etc. Getting fat, then walking it off. Sounds pretty great to me.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a huge shoutout to American Sushi Recording Studios. It’s a local ATL treasure, owned by Jamie and Kesha Lake. When I first traveled to Atlanta, they were located in Little 5 Points, and it was the first studio I went to here. Jamie was so welcoming, we had rented out his spot for the whole week, and we had a lot of different artists and collaborators coming through. He was there with us the whole time, being so cool and welcoming everyone in as well. He gave us a lot of game, and showed us how they record in Atlanta, which is quite different from other cities. They also have organized multiple events and invited me to perform at them, which has given me more exposure to locals. They just opened a beautiful new location in Riverdale, they’ve expanded to 2 record rooms, a production room, and a content creation studio. If anyone is looking to find a real studio in Atlanta, they can record any style of music and they really work from their heart. Every project is treated with care. Check them out!
West Side Eddie