We are delighted to be joined by Raspin Stuwart. He is a singer/songwriter/song stylist who was the once the opening musical performer for author Maryanne Williamson. Named a music guru by his listeners, Raspin is known for his famous songs such as Smoke the Hookah and Rumblin and Tumblin. Today, he will share with us how he started his music, what he is currently working on career wise and how his musical journey has been.
What was your starting point?
I was given a guitar when I was about 14 years and the first song I learned was by Peter Paul and Mary called blowing in the wind. From then I just started writing songs and I have been doing so ever since.
Can you tell us about your project, the great Los Angeles Cover-Up, and where you are now in your career?
The Great Los Angeles Cover Up is a project about taking coats, blankets, and socks and giving it to homeless people and shelters. Our focus is mainly on homeless old people and children. I am currently focused on recording a particular record that I have been working on for 2 years and looking to complete some songs that will see to its completion.
When did you find your style and find who you're supposed to be and how has it been?
It has been a journey that I am still on. It’s been about 6 years since I decided to really take music seriously. I had been working on some magazines for 32years and doing some projects. I’m grateful since my work has found appreciation and gratitude from people and I really appreciate that.
Where is your favorite place to record and how does your teamwork?
I bounce around from different studios depending on where the musicians are since you want to make it easier for the musician. I am at all of them for different needs. Sometimes we will need a studio with a bigger room or for tracking bands. You will always want to work with people who you are comfortable with.
What are your thoughts on social media?
Having been on social media for only 2 years, I can say that it has really helped me. It has introduced me to many people more than any other platform. I get to share my music on Twitter and on Instagram with my followers.
Who are your favorite artist, bands or singers who had an impact on you and influenced your music?
The singers who really influenced me by their music were Simon and Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, and Boz Scaggs.
What advice would you give to our audiences?
My advice would be to be kind to people, passionate, understanding and love along the way.
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