We had the good fortune of connecting with Aris Weathersby and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Aris, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
As much as giving up is not an option for me and as much as I love being a working musician who is so incredibly fortunate to be pursuing his own music career; I would be lying if I said I didn’t think about giving up almost regularly. The thoughts of failure are ever present when you set out to accomplish a dream, but in my opinion its always about learning to manage them. While I’m the first to say there’s absolutely nothing I would rather be doing than fully pursuing my own personal music career, there are plenty of times I wish that I had the security and stability of something else. Just like any other facet of life, success is not guaranteed. Couple that with how saturated and subjective the music industry is, anyone would be hard pressed to look at this path with optimism. However when I think about how much I’ve grown as a musician and how many memories I’ve made playing with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met all across the country, I’m reminded that there’s absolutely nothing else I’d rather be doing. When I think of all of the challenges I’ve over come just so I can say that I’m a professional musician/artist it becomes incredibly apparent to me that I’m more than willing to deal with whatever this life throws at me. While there are plenty of days when I feel incredibly far behind my peers in terms of success or “social standing” I choose to believe that everyone has there own path, and that success is measured differently from person to person. So when it comes to knowing whether to give up or keep going, in my opinion there’s never really an option to give up. If it was, I wouldn’t be doing what really spoke to me.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My music is something incredibly near and dear to me. My entire goal is to try and make something as unique to myself as I can from moment to moment. With my latest single “D.O.A.” I tried to blend my love for alternative rock with everything I learned in music school when I was pursuing my bachelors in guitar performance. Attention to detail and a love for getting lost in the weeds during the creative process are both things I find incredibly important. Whether its finding the right lyric or the perfect guitar tone, at the end of the day my goal is to make something that is greater than the sum of its parts. This balancing act between nuance and perfection with raw energy is something I love to play with in my music. If a listener can feel that they understand and relate to either me or themselves in the smallest way after listening to one of my songs than I will have done my job to the best of my ability.
I’m incredibly excited to see where my music leads me and what it evolves in to in the next few years. Dedicating your life to an art form is never easy and comes with its fair share of challenges. From feeling unaccepted and underappreciated to living a life that is at times very demanding and unstable , I’m incredibly happy with how much I’ve grown in recent years. In Dealing with all of the hardships that go with taking a little leap of faith I’ve become some much more self reliant and have really started to believe in myself. Better yet I’ve seen that reflected in my music and it excites me to see how far I can take it.
At the end of the day I want to do the most I can with the talent and time I was given. I’ve worked incredibly hard to get where I am now and am looking forward to bringing that same energy forward with my new releases “All Night” and “Phazes” which will be coming soon!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well first things first we’d have to do a beach day. Surf, swim, hang out- whatever it is it has to be at the beach. From there it would be coffee time and some of my favorite coffee shops are the Nautical Bean in Oceanside and Baba coffee in Carlsbad. We would have to eventually end up in Downtown for some night life and listen to some live music at Tin Roof and maybe even stop by the brunch at the Horton Grand Hotel (and catch yours truly playing on Sundays!). For some desert we’d have to do Mr. Frostie in PB along with some more beach time, if there’s any way I can wrangle someone to the beach its probably going to happen. A stop by the pump track in Del Mar or the Prince memorial park in Oceanside would definitely be involved to because there’s always a time and place for a good send. Other than that I’d do my best to show them how amazing San Diego is, from the weather to the people, there’s always a great an memorable time to be had all over the county.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shout out definitely has to go to Craig Johnson my voice coach. Since working with Craig I have grown so much as a vocalist and a person. I’ve had many mentors and supporters in my life but Craig is someone who truly cares about me as both a person and an artists. He has instilled a level of confidence in me that is one of the sole reasons I can wake up everyday and know that I have a future in this crazy world of music.

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