We had the good fortune of connecting with Scot Clayton II and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Scot, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
One of the key things that you can’t shortcut is just doing it. That means waking up every single day and spending time towards your goal. No one gets anywhere waiting for opportunities to fall in their lap. In my line of work, if you’re not consistently putting in effort, you’re already in a losing battle.
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.
To be honest, I’ve tried really hard to never niche myself into a corner… I’d rather swing wide and let what needs out.. well, out. If it means building a tune for other musicians, feeling out a rhythm with a client to push the progressions to a next level, or just simply polishing an already sweet rendition. I don’t like to situate myself to just one genre or style, however I’m more accustomed to instruments in front of me. I think that is something that sets me apart from some others. I do whatever it takes, from whatever angle, to create or guide an idea to a radio ready product that everyone can enjoy.
Getting to where I am today took an insane amount of time. Constant work and experimentation of sound development and design, days and days of writing new songs just to have material to play with, etc. It took about 5 years for my ears to really ‘change’ to know what I’m hearing and why. After that, you can start to really bring feeling to an otherwise boring construction. As it stands, it’s been the most difficult thing I’ve ever taken on.. and I’m a dad.. haha
I think one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is there isn’t any shortcuts. You always hear that saying, but I don’t think you really absorb that morality until it’s bested you down to rocking and crying yourself in a corner! Put in the work. You will get returns. It may take 3 months or it may take 3 years. There are no “tricks” to be had. It’s just like drawing in that sense. Do it everyday and you’ll eventually get better control over your hand and better at recreating what’s in your head.
If I could tell the world anything, it’d be that we’re here for you. Our job is to give you something that’ll keep giving for years to come. Sharing your feelings and messages to the world in the best light (or dark) that we can.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There’s tons of parks for families, including the hairier members if they’re trained. With the new music initiatives, there’s always a concert going on of some size. Whether it be a local bar, the local college hangouts with solo acoustic acts, StandUp live with its comedic acts, or some event at the renowned VBC, there’s always something to do. Downtown Huntsville is a great gathering of bars and clubs if you’re into the drinking scene. There’s also the Space and Rocket Center, The Art Museum, and a slew of other attractions, with the beauty of literally having too many places to eat. Some of us with significant others don’t need that kind of variety, haha!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d be lying to everyone and myself if I only named a few people. My success is a combination of every person I’ve ever encountered, as I’m always trying to sponge something from those around me.
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