If there is one record everyone remembers from 2012 it’s ‘Tonight is the Night’, a platinum record. It was played on rotation of every station in the country over the course of the year, featured in a Pepsi commerical & even performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Needless to say - it was a successful record.
The man behind it, Outasight, had spent years learning the craft preparing himself for this very moment. It wasn’t guaranteed to ever happen for him but he simply followed his passion over the years and took the initial steps any person has to go through to chase their dreams - falling on their face over and over and getting right back up.
Growing up in Yonkers, New York he had access to the great city of New York and was in town quite often going to drum and bass parties. Just being part of this scene gave Outasight insight onto what this lifestyle entailed and that's when he began laying down the groundwork that would eventually get him to where he is today in the music industry.
I just met him for the first time earlier this year out in Los Angeles shooting a music video for “Burn ft Outasight - Dylan Reese” and we hit it off quickly. Very genuine dude who really has found what his purpose is in life and hasn’t stopped getting after it. Even with the tons of success he has had over the years he still remains humble and pushes himself to continue grow.
Episode takeaway: Have confidence in yourself. No matter what people think or say about who you are… be comfortable in your own skin
Who is Outasight today?
Grew up in Yonkers, New York
Father was blue collar worker that kept pushing him to find his own path
Was a huge fan of music, father was a guitar player and dreamed of becoming an big artist
Went to drum & bass parties and any music parties
At The Pyramid when his buddy was DJing - people applauded him and that's when he realized that's what he wanted to do
2009 Signed with Warner Bros at 26 years old
Started getting popular via Myspace
Ryan Leslie reached out to open for him at SOB’s in NYC. Usher was at the show.
Took 9 months to get him off his Independent deal
“A song going on the radio should be the last part of the story”
His record “Tonight is the Night” featured on Pepsi Commercial & blew up
Played on Jimmy Fallon, it was debuted on first episode of X Factor
Made the record in LA with his homie Cook. Sat on it for months and debated passing it to another artist.
Takes $1 million to work a song on the radio
Following what makes sense in this very moment
#1 Rule is don’t stop - anything can happen if you keep chasing after the passion
It’s not always fun and goes to plan
People told him he would never get back to the top after his one hit record
Didn’t let that get to him and he was able to climb out of the hole and get back on the road
Life is just a wave
The only way to succeed with your passion is to never stop
It’s not always the talent - it’s where your mind is focused
Went from sleeping on fans couches to traveling the world in two years
Australia, Abu Dhabi, France, England
The only difference between him and other talented people… “bit of luck and a whole lotta work”
Best piece of advice for people chasing their passion
Importance of creativity
One of his weaknesses - wants to do everything himself
If he didn’t think of it… didn’t want to do it
Recently started becoming more open minded
“Now or Never” record didn’t go as plan even when Warner was pushing him to run with it
Too late to back out when it started moving
Believes that he is one of the best songwriters in the game
Engineer, mixes and writes his own stuff. Complete control of music.
Moving to LA took “training wheels” off of his life
Friends and family help keep him grounded
Self-awareness that he has a lot more to do and has plenty of time to get things done
Recognize what you’re good at vs what you’re bad at and focus on the few good things
Wishes he was a bit more sentimental
Doesn’t sit and worry about things
Failure motivates him
Very competitive person even with himself knowing that he can do better
Picture frame on the wall 10 years from now
Happy and healthy - things have gone his way
Ask Bobbbaaaay 1 question: Biggest takeaway from all the episodes?
Where to find Outasight
@Outasight / @HeyOutasight
What 2-3 pieces of advice for someone trying to find their passion/purpose?
Find what you love to do even if you have to put all your time towards it
Money does not bring happiness. Happiness is in the eyes of the beholder.
When you find what you love to do - work your ass off