Reggie Perry Jr. is a multitalented artist (choosing graphic design, photography, and music production as his mediums of choice) working under the moniker of Nobody Famous for sometime now. I discovered the virtuoso on Instagram and was quickly captivated by a snippet of music that he posted. After more research, I discovered that he is also the mastermind behind the "Creative Masters Podcast" where he interviews successful independent personalities.
With a devotion to growing as an artist and man, his evolution echoes some of the qualities i'd like to see in my own "come up". It only takes a second to recognize and appreciate his knack for creativity. I spoke with him about his beginnings, artistry, and the podcast.
Prox: Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up and how did you initially get into producing?
NF: I grew up in a small town 35 miles north of Atlanta called Flowery Branch. A couple of my friends and I were making comedy and prank videos (right before Jackass came out actually), and we needed music for the videos, so I bought a program from Best Buy that allowed you to make music on it, then eventually it lead to me making beats and rapping. Shortly after someone introduced me to FL Studio, and ever since then I have been making music.
Prox: Could you describe some of your earliest musical memories? Do you remember some of the tracks and albums that inspired you the most?
NF: I remember going through my dad’s vinyl collection and playing records on the turntable. It was all the usuals of an 80s baby, Michael Jackson and folks like that. When CDs came out, I remember getting Boyz II Men and Kris Kross through Columbia House, but some of my fondest memories of music was the mid-90’s, when everything from Snoop to Green Day was coming out, and I would watch all the music videos on MTV, my mom hated them but I watched anyway.
Prox: You’re also a photographer. How (if at all) is the music making process like the art of photography?
NF: It is definitely all related. Taking photos has made me a better producer, making music has influenced the type of videos I shoot and graphic design has played a huge part in my photography style. I'm an artist to my core, so the medium doesn't matter as long as I can create.
Prox: What are some of the most rewarding aspects of hosting The Creative Masters Podcast? How has it bettered you as a person, artist, and businessman?
NF: Learning from other creatives who do what they love for a living is extremely inspiring. Everything I ask my guests are things I actually want to know. I'm finding there are a lot of common traits these people have that align with a lot of the procedures I placed in my own life, so it serves as fuel to stay on my path.
I'm very big on a growth mindset, so the process of interviewing people has helped me to grow in areas I felt I was weak in, such as speaking clearly, asking concise questions, and guiding hour long conversations.
Prox: As someone who also interviews people I know how frustrating it can be to speak to people when you have a smaller platform. What are some things you did to help improve your brand and marketability?
NF: At the end of the day, it's about quality content and producing that content consistently, the size of the platform isn't as important to me. I much rather have 100 people engaged in thoughtful discussion than have 1,000 who just like a photo from their phones in passing. So I focus on creating quality content and let the platform go where it goes.
Prox: Who are some of your favorite contemporary artists?
NF: Pretty much anything Ta-Ku or Donald Glover does, I love. Pharrell has been and always will be a huge influence as well.
Prox: Favorite Hobbies?
NF: Reading, journaling, creating and growing as a person. I also do love playing FIFA on XBOX.
Prox: Tips for aspiring artists?
NF: Educate yourself about the field you aspire to be in, that is key. Work hard on your craft EVERYDAY, experiment and never give up. If you're looking to build something great, understand you have to be in it for the long haul, if you're looking to be great overnight, quit now.
Prox: Information on upcoming projects and releases?
NF: Nothing new coming out at the moment, but I am playing with the idea of releasing an instrumental album soon, so stay tuned for that.
Prox: Final Thoughts?
NF: Thanks for having me!
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