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Art & Life with Nick Whitson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick Whitson.

Nick, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Hello Atlanta, thank you VoyageATL for the interview. I’m a thirty year old creative type with a playful amount of seriousness. A California transplant to Atlanta, I grew up on the North side in Duluth, studied Public Relations and Music Management at Georgia State. I worked the Atlanta bars, clubs, and festivals for awhile before getting into a short run working in the Atlanta film and tv industry with some odd jobs in between, which eventually led to me into real estate. I’ve been a working musician throughout my life; and in that time I’ve had the privilege to perform all over the country. I’ve been blessed to learn, play, perform, and write music with all kinds of talented people, some of them have become my closest friends. All of them make a sincere impact on my life. Although music is one of my outlets, creation still reigns supreme. My love for the creative process of music has evolved into something more abstract. I’ve discovered that I’m most passionate about the creative process and the magic of collaboration in that process, creating some magic or dream, and converting an idea into reality.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m into a lot of different “art forms,” though I always seem to gravitate towards recording and writing music. Like I said before, I feel very blessed to work with a variety of people in many different ways. Something about that, as I said before, has evolved, now I like to think of myself as a creative catalyst; I find joy in every aspect of the process: composition, instrumentation, singing, vibing out, synthesizing ideas, and flow. At this time, I channel most of my “artistic” energy into Phantom Electric, though I always enjoy helping my friends with their work as well. Phantom Electric is an evolving recording project; it looks like a band, but sometimes feels more like a club or pack of wolves. There is a rotating cast of musicians that contribute to Phantom Electric in various ways; it keeps things interesting. Every song seems to have its own vibe, and the sound always feels like its changing, although there is a spirit-like thread that seems to tie it all together. It’s refreshing to work on music without any “rules,” that’s kind of what makes Phantom Electric unique, it’s always changing.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I’m not sure I can speak for everybody regarding the “conditions” for artists today. I think life is what you make it. It’s all about what you want out of life and what you’re willing to do to get it. Make a plan and execute it. If it doesn’t work, make adjustments, and do it again. If you have to learn something new, learn something new. If you have to do something you’re afraid or unmotivated to do, but you know you should do it, do it, get it done. It always feels better once you get across the bridge. Have a vision for your life; it’s a process. Follow your spirit; reason can be wrong, and the heart can be foolish.

Atlanta is a great city. The more we come together, the better it will be.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can listen to our previous release on Spotify, or watch our videos on YouTube. You can find our links and merchandise on our website, We don’t perform live shows at this time, but you can catch us at Sound Gallery 2, you will be able to listen to unreleased music from Phantom Electric and several other artists and bands. Sound Gallery 2, organized by Jen Hodges of the band Spurge, will be at 529 Bar in East Atlanta Village, Wednesday, June 19th from 6-9pm.

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Image Credit:
Paul Wood

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