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Life & Work with Fritz (COU) Sterling

Hi Fritz, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
After returning home from college in Massachusetts, I was in a really dark place spiritually and mentally. I couldn’t be around any of my friends due to the way I viewed myself. I didn’t really open back up to people until my brother Jose invited me to a party he didn’t attend. Life started to go up after that night, meeting those people. I always was writing and spitting it over beats to girlfriend in her car at that time but I don’t think she saw the vision I had.

When 2017 came around my boy Vivo sent me a song he wanted me on called “SRT” and that was the first time anyone ever had faith in me as an artist and brought me to a real professional recording studio. I took that opportunity and ran with it. I locked in with the engineer and went as much as I could. When summer ‘17 came around, I felt I was ready to go all-in and I dropped a tape “A COUL SUMMER” to summarize that summary and show how thankful for my new family I was and never stopped since.

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?
I wish it was but every journey worthwhile isn’t. There have been times when artist flaked on studio sessions and I’m left to switch up all my current plans and vibes artistically. A huge moment in my career was when I got booked for a show in Wynwood. I promoted it from the very moment I got the flyer until the night of the show because I wanted the biggest outcome for myself after paying $300 for a slot. A lot of my fans, friends, and family made the drive for nothing because I didn’t even perform due to other artist breaking the mic and poor show management. Of Course, I took it personal like I do everything in my life. That’s what got me to this point and that pushed me to create “CAPTAIN DREAMER” my first album.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a music artist/rapper/vocalist. I create art from my experiences in life and present the pieces to you in the most beautiful form of sound, music. At this point in my career I’m most proud of my first show I threw this past July that sold out in the middle of a pandemic while also selling out my merch and the bar. That was SL!GHT as ever! I’m different from the others because my art is different, the way it’s presented is different, the sound, the experience of it all in its totality. I’m THE SL!GHTEST.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
Yes, given enough time anyone’s or anything’s true intentions and purpose will show. That’s something I’ve been on game about but it’s been a reoccurring factor lately.

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Gerald Nesbitt, Jr Sabrina Garcia Sofia Ballestin

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