We had the good fortune of connecting with Chad Barbier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chad, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Being creative, to me, is one of the rarest yet most honest and beautiful characteristics that a person can have. There’s so many forms of art and ways to create, and there’s no right or wrong way. Making something from the heart can help people understand you as a person better. It can be hard to let your self be vulnerable and finding the time to do so, but I encourage everybody to try some type of art. You might just learn something about yourself as well.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Growing up I always wanted to be the funny guy and the center of attention. I always had good intentions and looked for the best in people. But as I grew older and the world grew colder, through heartbreak and near death experiences,I began to distance myself from the world. When I was with others it was like I felt sorta out of touch.
In today’s world with social media everywhere and Google at our finger tips, small talk can get overwhelming sometimes. After high school I went to community college for my basics, but ultimately because I haven’t really figured out what I wanted to do in life yet. I loved the learning but I just felt like I was in a bubble. A university could have been better but high school isn’t the best at directing you with life skills anymore. Teachers are under paid. Some over qualified, some shouldn’t be near children at all, but we work with what we got.
I started out just writing songs as jokes. Doing battle raps and freestyles with friends at parties and stuff like that. . But I always sucked at freestyling and it made me so mad I couldn’t keep up! So I started writing joke songs to show I had something to offer. I always was complemented for my writing but never my rapping. But I loved making songs so I kept writing and trying new things. Besides Kid Cudi, Kanye West is another big inspiration of mine. He bleeds creativity, but I felt like people misunderstood him. Which is also how I felt people treated me. People told him “you can’t rap, stick to making beats” just like I hear “you can’t rap, just write for other people”.
After about 8 songs going no where and my girlfriend at the time being highly unsupportive, I decided to call it quits. I loved music though and still continued to write while we were together. Right around the time before we broke up, I began my apprenticeship as an electrician. I had a good job and was getting my life back on track. After we broke up it was like a new me was born because now I had a chance to focus on myself. I wish her the best because if it weren’t for her and I being together, I wouldn’t be the person I am now. I started making music again, I started networking and meeting other artists, I learned how to make videos, I started my own nonprofit charity, I’m starting my on clothing brand, but most importantly I staying positive.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Houston is home. I have lived here for pretty much my whole life and I love it more and more as I get older. Houston is a city of diversity and southern culture. If any of my friends come to visit, depending on the time of year an Astros game is a must. I’ve been to over 10 mlb stadiums in my life and Minute Maid Park is top tier.
Places to go drink:
Anywhere in Washington is a good time.
Montrose has a good night life with lots of fun areas to see.
The woodlands is also a nice upscale area to go to and drink on the water.
3 bars I like around Houston are
•The Rustic (either one)
•Pitch 25 (since Lucky’s is gone)
Places to eat:
• The Pit Room (bbq)
•Ninfas (Mexican food)
A day in Galveston is always a good time for anyone of any age.
You have to hit whataburger if you’re not from Texas.
The Houston rodeo is a must if in town.
The Houston space center for someone who’s into astronomy.
The museum district has lots of fun places to go see.
And of hit up course the Galleria Mall.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family are the ones that pushes me and who I strive to do better for. Friends are family to me as well. I just want to be able to bless everyone and take care of my people.
My dad is my number one fan for everything I do. He supports me and more importantly believes in me no matter how “out there” I get with my ideas. He just wants me to be happy in life doing what I love.
My biggest inspiration would be Scott Mescudi (Kid Cudi). The passion, pain, and love he puts into his music, it helps me knowing others are out there who feel the same way about life that I do. He helped mr and inspired me to want to help others to let them know they are also not alone.
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