Drew Vision on His Creative Pursuits and Working Through Doubt
To conclude Drew Vision’s time as Rising Artist of the Week, the multi-hyphenate creative discusses creating his latest album, Hybrid, the influence of his other pursuits and powering through doubt.
Was there anything about your process you changed when you decided to lean less on your voice on this album and pursue a few different genre styles?
I think my voice was the driving force of my music, but that brought me to a music legend like Bryan-Michael Cox for my last album. I think he knew it was something that was worked on heavily and felt his music could match well, I think I did. But, after that music came out, I stopped listening to R&B for a year. I just spent my time listening to everything else, I had confidence in my skills to write, produce, and compose songs, but it was something that I realized I wanted to learn to push in a new direction. I really enjoyed the challenge of getting experimental, writing a lot of songs and see what works.
How do you feel your acting pursuits work alongside your musical aspirations?
I feel like I am accessing my musician side when acting. I’ve been on stage singing since I was six and that is some version of acting. You have to feel what you are singing about to communicate something realistic and authentic, so it all has a tendency to work cohesively.
Were there any extreme moments of doubt that almost prevented you from pursuing something related to your craft?
There’s been a few times because if you don’t have a certain kind of support system around you, it’s hard to get some projects off of the ground and have your energy go nowhere. Sometimes, you need to bring people in because you realize all of your work may go for nothing. There have been people who tried to tell me what sound pursue based off of what was trending at that time, whether it is R&B or trap. I was a vocal scholarship at Five Towns College and I felt no one cared about working with a real vocalist.
When I found success with modeling and commercial acting, it felt like the sensible choice and I put a pause on the music career. I met a lot of incredibly talented people at Five Towns who are now doing amazing things in their careers, but I felt discouraged in some regards from pursuing music when people try to convince me to change myself.
I saw a video on Instagram of you harmonizing with your two sisters. How do your familial relationships motivate you?
When I was five, both of my parents were playing instruments in the church. My siblings and I felt an urge to do the same, so we sang and that was the beginning. When I get to see them in New York, I see parts of myself and my motivation in them. They helped me understand music intensely from an early age. A lot of people in my family sing and it seems basic, but I think it’s really special. They remind me of my roots and why I do what I do.
You’ve spoken about fame and success not being your true markers of success. What is something beyond that you would see as an accomplishment?
I think being able to start a school or any opportunity to provide education or schooling for underserved populations would be a marker of success for me. I think buying my mother a house would be something she deserves and would provide me with an opportunity to feel fulfilled.
What have you learned about yourself and life from working on music independently while gaining success in other creative settings, like commercial acting?
The first thing that comes to mind is that if you are going to pursue things independently and try to tap into a lot of different talents, you have to remain true to yourself amongst all other distractions and demands.
On each of my albums, I realized other people who come in on the creation have their own ideals and thoughts about what you are or who you should be. Especially with social media, we take people’s opinions with a little more value than they have. I actively learned how to take people’s insights with a grain of salt. I’ve tried to maintain an idea of what I know I am and what I want from art. I think you create an imprint in people’s minds of who you are and they start to respect that.
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