Today we’d like to introduce you to Abstrak Mind.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Well… my story is similar to a lot of kids growing up in poverty. Both of my parents were drug addicts. Early on, they lost custody of me and my other five siblings. So, we grew up in foster care and had to deal with the abandonment of our parents. It was difficult growing up for me living in the environment I was exposed to. Constantly getting into trouble and being evaluated because everyone thought something was mentally wrong with me. There was nothing wrong but the lack of love and compassion. I eventually got kicked out of my grandmother’s house at twelve years old and that forced me to really grow up quick and navigate life on my own. Even though I hated the experience it gave me the tools that made me who I am today.
Please tell us about your art.
To sum things up, I’m a rap/hip-hop artist from Chicago that goes by Abstrak Mind. I use this gift, that I view as a blessing, to motivate, inspire and just provoke emotion from anybody who decides to listen to my music. I think music is the one thing that can unify this entire globe of people. I utilize my voice to try and do that to the best of my abilities. I talk about my hardships and triumphs with the hopes that it reaches someone dealing with any struggle, to encourage and inspire them to stay motivated and hopeful that things will turn out for the better if they keep pushing through. There’s so much more than I would love to talk about as it pertains to my art, and maybe one day we can sit down and talk about it over a cup of coffee and the cheesecake danish that I love at Starbucks.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
It can be even lonelier for those who are introverts. I still struggle with this because I’m a very shy person. However, it is important for us to network with each other. We have to get out of our shells and meet people because there’s a huge community of creatives that are waiting to link up with you. They just don’t know you exist. I’m a huge believer in letting your art speak for you. Get it out there the best way you can and it will attract a community of other artists that want to support and collaborate. Don’t be afraid to reach out, you never know who’s watching and waiting to hear from you. I’m constantly reminded of this on a daily basis. Tomorrow isn’t promised, so we must make the most of every opportunity now, and if the opportunity doesn’t exist then create it.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can visit my website Abstrakmind.com as well as follow me on social media. You can also purchase/stream my latest album titled “Muse” on all major streaming platforms. If you’re in a financial bind because times can be tuff for a lot of us, you can visit my Bandcamp page and stream it for free I want as many people as possible to get exposed to my music. Hopefully, I’ve created something that will have an everlasting effect on the listener and get them to come back and support me whenever I put something new out.
- Website: Abstrakmind.com
- Phone: 773-817-6824
- Email: Abstrakmindmusic@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abstrakmindmusic/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Abstrakmind/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/abstrakmind?lang=en
- Other: https://youtu.be/hfiH8ZG9oIY
Alex Alicea, Spazzart