We had the good fortune of connecting with Karma and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karma, why did you pursue a creative career?
First thing you think about when you’re a kid is what you want to be when you grow up? Well mines really really stuck with me. Growing up music was my escape, my reality, my dream and everything else under the sun. My dad was a DJ so most of my childhood was spent in nightclubs and seeing what music did to everyone in those environments lit a flame in me that could never be extinguished. That’s why I pursued being an artist I want to heal and put a smile on the faces of my listeners , provide the safe space we all endlessly search for and reminding them that it’s in ourselves . Which ironically is the main theme to my upcoming EP “My Lil Big Heart” I’ve worked on this for two years capturing the painful and beautiful parts of healing and self love. knowing that people not only relate but truly feel to my music is the biggest achievement I could ask for and I’m honored everyday that I’m allowed to do what I’m doing and expect to be seeing and hearing a lot more of me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As an artist I think it’s safe to say that the biggest thing that sets us apart from one another is originality remaining true to who you are no matter the cost. I’m most excited for my upcoming ep “My Lil Big Heart” after two years of working nonstop towards a project I feel on a spiritual level. I brought out the deepest darkest parts of healing and the beautiful and groundbreaking aspects of it. The duality of how self love and the love you receive from others are the same and this project is very personal to me because of how much of my own heart has broken throughout the process of creating. There’s many challenges we face being young , vibrant and experimenting artist but the best advice I have for anyone trying to do this is never ever stop no matter what people tell you no matter who turns their back on you keep going not for them but for yourself make it known that the only person you’re doing this for is for you. I plan to leave a legacy of love and light and I plan to do that with the power of my music and my being I can only hope the rest of the world is ready to receive the love I have to offer it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh man I love it here in Houston there’s truly so much to do! I would start of course with a brunch at Dish Society they have delicious food and mimosa carafe that are just yes. Bike riding in downtown is definitely next I love feeling the breeze on my face as I ride through the city so that’s so on the list. my favorite black owned restaurant “Turkey Leg Hut” is getting a big chunk of my time because of the food, drinks and overall atmosphere of the restaurant it’s as Houston as you could get. I would finish off the rendezvous with heading to another beautiful Black Owned spot ! “Just Rolling Skating Rink” this place has all my heart from the workers to the people who attend it’s nothing but beautiful energy in there and a perfect escape! Just roller skating listening to all your favorite songs from the last 4-5 generations of artist is amazing and I get a lot of my own musical inspirations here. So that’s my idea of an awesome time through the city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would start with giving a lot of recognition to my mother for being a power house to not only have enough energy for my dreams but for every single one of my siblings as well. My bestfriend and photographer/videographer TheVividDream without her I wouldn’t be able to put my vision to life. I would also love to thank everyone at TheRedRoom studios but especially SupaManley! He takes the sound I hear in my head and provides the exact replica of what I imagine when making music. Last but certainly not least I would love to give a huge shoutout to my manager Jacob Castleberry without him this project wouldn’t be where it’s at or where it’s going and I can’t be more thankful and grateful for it all, for them all.
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