We had the good fortune of connecting with Isaac Chavez, also known as “Liberated Sound” and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Liberated Sound, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I realized in my early twenties that you don’t have time for everyone and everything. There will always be a tension between life’s obligations and pursuing your passion/dreams. Finding time to eat healthy, exercising, taking care of your mental health can be difficult. Even giving time to keep your relationships healthy, like spending time with your spouse, kids, and even parents is hard. I try to prioritize God and my family first. However when you say “Yes” to one thing, you’re saying “No” to another.
When it comes to writing and creating music, The best method for me is to spend 2-3 hours at a time to focus on just that. Sometimes I’ll just write one verse on one day, and then write another verse the next day. So I’ll work on a project a few hours at a time. This gives me time to pursue my passion but also not neglect my family and other priorities.
When I was younger I would spend hours and hours creating music, editing, and producing. However now that I am older, it’s difficult for me to do that. If I decide to work on a project or song, I have to divide it into sections and create “deadlines” of how much I would like to complete.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The passion to rap all started when I was 8 years old. My dad was a Christian Rapper in the 90s, so I would watch him go to many places and perform his music. He would rap at different churches and park outreaches. I thought he was so cool and I even wanted to rap his songs with him on stage. He wrote me and my brother a song called “Holy Ghost Kids”. We performed that song at our church in Avondale. Arizona. Later on we had an opportunity to perform it in Phoenix, AZ. That’s when the seed was planted inside of me.
To get to where I am today was definitely a long and difficult process. It didn’t happen over night. I am honestly glad it didn’t, because I probably wasn’t ready for success too fast.
One of the main lessons I’ve learned is to be content with the platform I have. Whether that platform is large or small, I must treat it like it’s huge. If I mishandle the little things, why would God bless me with the big things? I learned to enjoy the process and not rush it. Success doesn’t always mean you’re going to have a million followers and lots of money. I value healthy relations and helping others.
That’s where I am at with my music or “ministry”, I want to inspire others to do good and to spread love. If you treat life like it’s a competition, you’re always going to be frustrated about something. Comparison is the theft of joy, I learned to be happy with who God made me. A good friend of mine once said “God didn’t call you to be popular, but to have impact,” I want to make as much impact as I can while I’m still here.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a simple person so I like simple things. Within the last year, I have taken a huge interest in Top Golf, so I would definitely take them there. I love chicken wings, so I would find a good wing spot.
However I have a good friend from Memphis, TN who visits Arizona as often as he could. We usually grab a bite and start creating music together.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shoutout to God first and foremost. I’ve had many mentors in my life who either encouraged or inspired me. My precious wife “Desiree Chavez” and daughter “Jada” who are my number one supporters, A special shout out to my dad, who funded my dreams and to my mother who prayed with me and always encouraged me. Shoutout to Gabriel Chavez, Caleb “Cayydee” Cleveland, Pastor Bone, Zona, Reborn Disciple, Christ Side Saints and Pastor Jerry Roberts. I have many more but it might be a whole another paragraph.