We had the good fortune of connecting with Macklyn Mosley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Macklyn, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
As a Music Artist, I know that people believe that it’s work in some way, as in it takes time and effort to do it, but what I don’t think they are aware of, or may struggle to understand is the fact that it is also time consuming, requires physical, mental, spiritual, and financial investment, and furthermore that it’s equal to any other career or job out there. I think some people, while seeing it as work, also see it as a hobby more than anything. As a Graphic Designer I believe people are unaware of the time and research that we as designers do to make sure that the product is up to standard and is ready for the client. I know plenty of times I’ve heard the word “Just” or “Only” from clients when it comes to a design, i.e. “it’s just a simple design.” Little do they know that what may seem little or simple takes work. We have to make sure we’re making it according to what the client desires, still have it be unique, etc.
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.
As a Music Artist, I always tell people that my hope is to meet people where they are and encourage them, so they would be reminded that they are made in God’s image, beautifully and wonderfully. Therefore I like to create art that does just that. I try to make songs that address different things, like spiritual struggles, relationships, joy, friendship, forgiveness, etc. I love R&B/Neo-soul, hip hop and boombap so I really hone into those genres when writing and singing. This journey hasn’t been easy. I began having vocal issues in May of 2019, and it’s been a long road of patience and voice therapy. I’m still singing and can sing, which I’m grateful for, but have taken my time in the process. In the midst of vocal issues and all that, I’ve been able to work on both an EP titled “Until Tomorrow” which released back in September of 2019, and my upcoming album “Life + Love” on my birthday, June 17, 2021. This album is about self care, relationships, forgiveness, living, and soul resting, all under grace. I do plan to have vinyl copies available as well as digital and CD.
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?
Being that I live in Roanoke, VA, I would highly suggest any local restaurants such as Cuban Island, FarmBurguesa, Inka Peruvian Grill, Screaming Vegan, and Gina’s Food with Flavor. RND Coffee is my go-go coffee shop in the area. Since we have a plethora of mountains to hike, I would take them on a hike and check out the nature around us. It’s so beautiful here! Our music scene has also grown, so I would definitely suggest some type of music venue, or they can come here me sing!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I actually have several people and a couple books. For one, God. The Lord has grown me so much in my talents and gifts when it comes to both my music and my design work. Reading the bible has especially been helpful, especially when it comes to correction, and potential negative comments. The book ‘War of Art’ by Steven Pressfield is gold. It’s a very helpful book for creatives. As far as people go, my mother Carolyn and my family have been incredibly supportive. I come from a creative family, so we take time supporting each other’s work. I love them so much! And though I have been singing most of my life, I wouldn’t have pursued music professionally if not for my friends Charles and Tranay Wilson. They really pushed and encouraged me to not sit on my gift but to begin using it. So I did. I’ve also been blessed to grow in my craft, and I’ve been blessed with a great mentor named Sareem Poems, who is a hip hop artist based in Michigan. He took out a lot of time for me when I was beginning this journey professionally, and still has my back. I also wanna shoutout everyone that helped make this upcoming album what it is: Sareem Poems, Darien Brockington, Jayna Brown, my brother Matthew Mosley, R-Swift, K.I.N.E.T.I.K., Taye The Truth for their features on the album. Shoutout to the producers: Dave “Imperial” Walker, AH Beats, Robert Nanton, J Rhodan, EssBe, and my nephew, Grammy winning producer 808-Ray. Shoutout to Artisfresh for the album art, and The Chicago Lago and Peyton Stanley for super dope art for my merch. And shoutout once again to Dave “Imperial” Walker for mixing and mastering! Lastly, shout out to Blue Sprocket pressing for handing the vinyl. They all deserve some love!
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