We'd like to introduce you to Xavier Edwards aka X-A-vier, a Hip-hop/soul Artiste, Poet and Time-traveller. His music can be described as divinely inspired frequencies translated through human perspective.
How do you define creativity and what does it mean to you?
The creativity which lives in each of us is intimately connected to the immaterial part of our existence; our spirit/soul. As people, we are eternally evolving creations; products of our circumstances and the various people, places, products and energies that enter our space. We are living art in vivid colour. Creativity; the shades we illustrate on our canvas of life.
How much of your creative ability do you think is innate? Or is your creativity a skill that you have developed?
I think much of my creative ability was passed down through my bloodline and genetic history; the music for sure. My poetry and other elements are things that I would've developed through reading and my exposure, experience and observation of others and my own interaction with the human experience.
When did you realise that you wanted to express your creativity? Was it encouraged by others (e.g., parents)?
I first realised while I was in high school but became resolute about it while in college. My good friend and 'soul-brother' as I like to call my closest friends, Wade, encouraged me to start penning my poetry as opposed to only freestyle. I was reluctant to oblige until sometime later. I haven't stopped writing since. My family and friends are generally supportive as well. I knew it initially wouldn't have seemed feasible to them but... 'Play the music then tell me how you feel'...lol
What is your standard for evaluating your creative work and the works of other people? Do you think that monetary rewards can be compatible with creativity in general? Are financial rewards relevant to your projects?
My standard is... Does it make me 'feel'?... I believe that things that make u 'feel' have a more lasting impression on the mind and spirit. Staying true to yourself I believe is important in the creation of any form of art. That's generally how I evaluate both my work and the works of others. Once it can connect with me, I will have a deeper appreciation for it. I do music and hope that I can support myself and family through it, so the financial considerations are relevant. I currently have my first project for sale; digital copy and limited edition compact disks.
Do you think your perception and evaluation of your creative endeavours are influenced by the views of other people? What role do you believe the culture that you live in plays in your creative efforts?
Yes, they are. I sometimes actively seek the opinion of people in regards to my work, I always appreciate advice from differing perspectives. Culture plays a significant role in the shaping of any creative work on both a conscious and subconscious level. It is something to be aware and mindful of, #livefree.
What do you do when you experience a creative block?
I have never really experienced a creative block.
How do you make the leap from a "Spark" in your head to the action you produce?
I just do it. The first stage for me generally is to pen the idea on my iPad or a pen and paper is seldom too far away.
Do you have any special rituals that you do to achieve your creative goals?
No not particularly. I visualise that anything I set my mind to can be brought to realisation and I believe in the excellence of my work; I think it can cross-generational and geographic boundaries. I usually pray before live performances.
Stylistically, has your creativity changed as you have matured? If it has changed, please explain how?
Stylistically I would say no. I have not been practising my art from actively for a long time. I have been making music seriously for a little over a year. The content, however, grows as I learn more, become more self-aware and interact with more people. The style of my old freestyles, as opposed to my written work, is drastically different though. There is a lot more conscious thought going into the music. I am well aware of the power music yields and will not be careless with my responsibility to the listeners and myself.
What has been the most significant sacrifice that you have made for your craft?
I have had many borderline sleepless nights. Leave home before my son wakes up, back home after he goes to sleep. So sometimes two or three days he hasn't seen me. Time, my time has been the most significant sacrifice. I have dedicated so much of my time towards my music, that in a way, though I love it, I could be missing out on quite a lot of the other happenings of the human experience.
Who or what has helped you to persevere and not quit?
My passion and belief that what I am currently doing is in line with the divine purpose for which I was given life have been the most significant contributor to my persistence. I also have a solid support team of family and friends.
Do you believe that it is essential to be accepted by others as being creative or is just doing what you love to do enough to justify your work? Explain.
The pursuit of your passion is enough. If you stay true to yourself; people will be able to relate to you. Somewhere in the vast expanse of the earth, there is someone who will connect with it.
Has rejection ever affected your creative process? Explain.
No not the process, but rejectction may possibly lead to an alternative final product. I am open to and appreciate all advice; some more than others.
Looking at what you have created in the past, would you change anything today? Why or why not?
No, my past works are part of the story; most of which is still untold. It also can be used to gauge my growth and development of my art-form and be a reflection of my personal issues as well as social ills that I may highlight in my work at the time.
Have you ever doubted your talent? If so, how did you work through your doubt?
No, I have never doubted my talent.
What piece of work are you most proud? Why?
My first full body of work. The Live Free Project Authored by X-A-vier. I am most proud because of the time and effort from all involved to make it possible. I was able to work with many young creatives mainly from Tobago. The project is thirteen tracks and in my opinion, is superbly constructed for one not to only listen with their ears but to feel with their spirit.
What is the best advice you've received that helped you move forward on your creative journey?
Live Free. The first stage in the journey towards living free is to live aware. Aware of the things that shape and mould the very essence of your being, only then can you truly live with balance and cognisance.
To a young Creative emerging in your field, what advice would you impart unto them?
Be yourself. Build your team. The answer is always no if you never ask. Hit me up for any additional advice.
For what would you like to be most remembered?
I am an infinitely inspired being hoping to inspire inspiration. I would love the music to live forever and the cycle of inspiration to never end.
If you were a crayon, what would be the name of your colour?
Navy X Blue. Shades unknown of infinite tone.
Here's a sample of Xavier's music for you to enjoy.