Perhaps it’s just the community (aka network) of artists that i’m around, but I’ve come to find that many artists are talented in a variety of art forms. Whether they are emcees, Dj’s, producers, graphic designers, actors, etc., these talents intersect allowing them to move fluidly through different forms of expression.
In today’s economy, and the current unstable music business, I think it’s neccessary for artists to utilize their assets in as many ways as they can. One reason being – more ways to get paid! Another reason being – this allows opportunities for you to be creative and capture new audiences. The third reason – More platforms and networks to educate and build with.
For example – DJ Phatrick is a fresh DJ, but he also works with Zion I as their road manager and label assistant. Adriel Luis is an amazing spoken word poet, but he is also the creative genius to many Bay Area artists graphic design and branding (too many to mention, but check the iLL-homies section on www.ill-literacy.com, and guess who Adriel has worked with). Dahlak Brathwaite is also a spoken word poet, but he is an iLL emcee, and actor as well. I can keep going, you get the picture… (they’re also business savvy, and are self-managed – which is a “talent” that should also get honorable mention).
My point being – Don’t limit yourself to one art form. “Express yourself…”, it can only benefit our communities.
Check the flick below… ( I think we should expect more from Bambu on the silver screen in the future… i’m just sayin.)
Congratulations to everyone who was part of the film!! and for WINNING THE COMPETITION!!
(this is why I do what I do… love you guys!)