We had the good fortune of connecting with Street Light Boutique and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Street Light Boutique, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
The most important thing that we have done as parents, in terms of the impact we have on our children, is to show them that they can craft and create the life that they want based on the values that are important to them. We currently homeschool our children to allow us the flexibility to travel as a family, and to maintain fluid schedules that can meet the needs of our family as a whole. As a result of taking on the responsibility of homeschooling our children, we have been able to craft their education to include many components of the arts and adjust their schedule to fit our work demands. In addition, we have been able to travel the world for months at a time; something that a traditional schedule would not allow for. They now know that they can choose to create their own framework for how they live their lives; whether they be artists or entrepreneurs, raising a family while choosing a non traditional path is a viable option.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We are a multimedia music production team that grew out of necessity! We started out as a DJ/Producer/Songwriter team; then soon realized that we needed to promote our work as artists, but didn’t have it within our budget to hire others to do the work for us. Fortunately, Rahlou had attended the Art Institute of Atlanta for videography and I had worked in marketing at Vibe Magazine and Tommy Boy Records. With that knowledge and experience, we began producing and creating our own music videos and promotional material. It is through that work that we have developed experience in video production and editing, which we can now use to help create content for other artists, as well as help other artists walk through the process of developing a project independently. We are most proud of our independently released self-titled EP, as well as the many DJ residencies that we have maintained in NYC throughout the years. We are also proud of the international market that we have developed: we have deejayed in Bermuda, London, Paris, and were even honored at an event held by the US Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. We have also recently completed work on the sound score of an independent film house, Judy’s Child LLC and remixed Ukrainian pop artist Kin Chi Kat’s hit record. Maintaining our philosophy of ‘moving freely without boundaries’ musically has presented its challenges in a society that often wants to categorize music and art. By sticking to music and projects that we are passionate about, we have been able to grow an organic following that supports our music and works. What we have learned along the way is that you do not have to be a starving artist. There are many opportunities to incorporate your art with business, that will allow you to find and maintain financial stability. We have recently released a line of merchandise on our digital store that brings revenue to support us in-between projects. We also realize that as artists we are entrepreneurs, and diversifying income is crucial to maintaining your success as an independent artist. Our development as artists and a production house has not always been easy. With a family to raise, maintaining financial stability throughout the years has been challenging. We have had our share of high and low moments! However, we have learned that it is possible to be an artist and raise a family! We are fully supported by our community and by our children. Watching us fight for what we believe in as artists and live our lives fully has given them valuable first hand life lessons. As a result of our commitment to our business and art, as well as our commitment to our family, we have enjoyed creating and traveling the world together. While we have sacrificed by not having the full flexibility of many independent artists, due to homeschooling our children and remaining engaged in their upbringing, we have collectively benefited as a family by the lessons that we have learned from working together and building a tangible legacy together.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We met in Little Five, so we would definitely take a trip there! We might get some fish tacos from Elmyrs and a smoothie from Arden’s Garden, or maybe a pie at Savage Pizza nor slice at Little Five Pizza. For live music we would see who is on the bill at Variety Playhouse. On a nice day, when we didn’t want to do much and just hang, we would find an outside seat at the Corner Tavern and chat and sip while people watching. We would also go for a bar hop in East Atlanta Village and then maybe go to El Bar for a night of dancing, or find out where DJ Jamad or Kemit were spinning. We would definitely grab breakfast at Ria’s Bluebird, Highland Bakery, or Home Grown, but for brunch we would head over to Murphy’s or Sun In My Belly in Decatur. After Murphy’s, we would definitely take a stroll through Virginia Highlands and check out some of the shops and boutiques. We would also go to Mood’s Music to see what is popping locally on the soul music scene.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would love to shout out Kat Daddy Slim aka KDS from Ballers Eve and Justin from Threes Brewing for believing in us and presenting us with many opportunities over the years. We also would love to thank Leyde Lalanne, Erik Kloff of EVBK Design, and Natacha Paul PHR for the integral position they play in the development of our business.
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