Raspin Stuwart: He does what he does
Raspin Stuwart: He does what he does
By: Taylor Silva
Raspin Stuwart proves that it is never too late to follow your dreams. Raspin first began his career in the magazine business in which he succeeded in for 28 years. Always having a passion for music, Raspin moved on from the magazine industry to focus on what makes him truly happy: singing and song-writing.
His unique, personal, and soul-full music is what sets Raspin apart from others trying to make it in the music industry today. Raspin writes honestly, sings from his heart, and strives to connect with his fans with every performance.
Raspin is down to earth, easy-going, and a refreshing addition to the up and coming stars of music today. We can expect to see great things in the future from Raspin Stuwart.
Cliq Magazine: Congratulations on your new album “We do what we do” and all of its success! So after 28 years of running a publishing empire and producing two Los Angeles monthlies, what made you decide to give that up to focus on your real passion of music?
Raspin Stuwart: Because that was what I was born to do. I started out in that business and I came out here from Chicago to do music and then I got side tracked into the magazine business and 28 years went by and I never stopped thinking about it…you know you think about it every day of your life so it must mean you are supposed to do that.
CM: Right. Did you find it difficult to make it in the music industry?
RS: Well you know I just started about a year ago and it’s going very good! You know, I got my Starbucks deal, I’m playing all over the place and building a great fan base. No, it’s actually been really a fun journey and it still is.
CM: That’s awesome! I love that you do not stick to one type of music genre, do you have a personal favorite?
RS: Yeah, it’s called mine. (laughs) It’s basically whatever comes out when I write a song. I’ve never been somebody to do one type of thing. I came out of folk, but then for some reason I got into a jazzy-blue thing, and then kind of a pop thing. But I think the vocals are what carries it through.
CM: What do you find yourself mostly writing about?
RS: Life. More spiritual stuff, questions that I ask myself in life.
CM: What was it like to hear that Starbucks wanted to feature you in their store?
RS: That was pretty cool! I sent my stuff to them and they called and asked a couple questions and the next thing I know they said, “Well we are going to send you a contract and we’ll start playing your music nationwide.” And it was really exciting because that doesn’t happen to a lot of artists.
CM: Do you find that this has helped your success and popularity?
RS: Yes I do actually to tell you the truth because it is such a big company and they have thousands of stores across the country!
CM: Do you think you would have been more successful if you had started out in the music industry 28 years ago, or do you think that everything happens for a reason and this is what was meant to be?
RS: I think that everything is in divine order and that no flower will blossom before its time and everything is perfect just the way it is.
CM: That is so true. So I see that you have done many shows and are doing many more in the future, where is your favorite venue to perform?
RS: You know I actually like this place in Canoga Park called the Guitar Merchant and Molly Malones in Hollywood because you can really touch the audience when you are there. I think it is very important to relate to the audience when you are on stage.
CM: That is definitely important. What advice could you give readers who want to make it in the entertainment industry but are not sure how or are having a rough start?
RS: Just start! Don’t take no for an answer. Just go and do it and have a good time because it has to be the going not the getting there that is good.
CM: Do you have any last comments or statements to make about yourself or to your fans?
RS: Come see me sing and download my records at www.raspin.com. We have new t-shirts of “We do what we do” and “smoke the hookah”. I am going to be in San Francisco in the beginning of March and I’m also looking to go to San Diego.