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Life & Work with Maverick James

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maverick James.

Maverick, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
One of my older close friends was making music for years and that inspired me to start making music. I started making music ever since high school so it’s been a decade now.

I was decent at first but ever since I have been more music over these last few years, I felt like I have been improving with my music a lot. Now, I’m at a point where I feel like I deserve more shine, more credit, you know?

I just want my music to be heard a lot more.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
One of my main issues was self-doubt. I feel like I’m the main person who is criticizing my music out of everyone else. I felt that way because there were times when I tell or even showed my music to people and it felt like they didn’t like it. Some of them would try to tell you that it’s “cool” after they listen to one of my songs.

Soon as I receive those types of feedback, I personally felt like I didn’t do my best on that song and I’m the type to really go all out on any song (basically meaning that I want every song I make to be perfect) and get people to love it. Sooner than later as I got older, I felt like I was being taught a lesson.

At the end of the day, I can’t be hard on myself. It’s all about doing what you love and making the best out of it.

Guarantee that the people will like your music and if they don’t, then that’s on them. It is what it is. I still have self-doubt to this day but I’ve definitely developed a lot ever since I started making music.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am an unsigned independent artist, rapper, singer, producer, engineer, & songwriter. I write my own songs. I mix and master my songs. Not only do I engineer my own songs but I look out for other people who want to record their songs as well.

I enjoy learning some effects and filters that I can use on my vocals or just any beat. What I enjoy more is experimenting with something different or something that sounds mad creative when it comes to my music and anybody else music that I’m working on. Those are one of the things that makes me proud because moments like that make me feel like everything happens for a reason, basically saying that I am made for this.

Even though I love making my own music, I always had my own studio from the start. I mean, I think I went to at least 2 studios before but on 9/10, I did all of my songs on my computer and mixed them down. I don’t know much about anybody else but I do know I’m in my own lane.

I do have my own drive and I don’t need people to mix or engineer my own songs because I can already do that. I guess a lot of people who are just doing music are not really doing all the extra stuff that I’m doing and I had some people that told me some stuff like that before so I guess that’s what sets me apart from others.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I’m not really deep into any of those resources that much but I’ve been looking into podcasts like A million dollar worth of game, Drink Champs and stuff like that.

I watched some of the episodes from time to time. It motivates me to not give up on music to the point where I would see myself on one of the podcasts and share my story because I feel like I’ve been through a lot. Even when it comes to a book that I can create one day and tell my story.

One of my favorite books I can say is “Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter” by 50 Cent, and “The Gucci Mane Guide to Greatness”.

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