Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Langston.
Hi Christopher, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started making music in high school over ten years ago; rapping with my friends was always fun. We didn’t have beats at the time, so I taught myself how to produce so we’d have something unique. I feel like my passion for music comes from my father. I’d teach myself to sample all of the old records from the 70s that he loved. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working with many very talented artists in St. Louis, and I’d like to think in my collaborations I kept the soul in the music. That’s what music is all about to me. I’ve got to where I am by putting the craft first and always working to grow emotionally as an artist. Art is about self-expression, you’re translating how you view the world, and in doing so, you’re creating something beautiful. I try to stay true to myself, what I know, and my experiences.
Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
A life worth living is seldomly smooth because true growth happens when you step outside your comfort zone. My path has been littered with closed doors, fallouts with friends, and long nights of staring at a laptop trying to get a song perfect. Hindsight is always 20/20, but if I were honest with myself, I’d say most of my obstacles had to do with not staying true to myself and my vision. Many people will come along feeling as if they know best or as if they can get something out of you, but at the end of the day, you must always know what you stand for and put the craft above all else.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Well, I take the most pride in being that I’m an artist who produces all of their music. I sing and rap, but I produce anything I’m on (for the most part), and I also produce for many local artists in St. Louis. I feel like my sound sets me apart more than anything else. There are a lot of jazz elements in my music and a lot of synth work, too, with light bell and pad sounds. I try to create my little world for my music to live within. I create what I feel and keep certain freedom with it all. Most of the music I have out right now is fun and whimsical, but I’m most proud of the projects I’m working on now that I can’t wait to share with the world because they are a little more serious and reflective.
I have a bunch going on musically. I’m officially changing my stage name from ‘chrisfrmkro’ to my actual name, Christopher Langston. The name change was brought on by the three separate projects I’ve been working on simultaneously. I feel as if my new music is very honest that I haven’t been yet, and it was important to me to put my actual name on what I’m creating because there is a lot of power in a name. I haven’t quite figured out a drop schedule for it yet but expect a small offering from it very shortly.
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christopherlangston_/
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/chrisfrmkro
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