Lil Texas is a name that's been floating in the underground scene for a while now, but admittedly there was a length of time where we weren't hearing from him about new work. He's now back and better than ever, and after taking time to focus on sobriety, health, and bringing back GTL, he's dropped a stunning EP with Japanese label TREKKIE TRAX, and he'll be releasing another project in April.
With all of the different changes that have come within his life, we sat down with the extraordinary artist to learn more.
Hey Lil Texas, thanks for taking the time to talk to us! I suppose the first thing we want to ask is, what prompted you to decide to take a step back from drugs and get help?
Well I hadn’t made music in a year and was strung out in an apartment in Koreatown, LA. I had completely isolated myself and felt an unprecedented loneliness that triggered the need for change. This was followed by an intense emotional bottom and a call for help. I knew after getting sober things would change and my life today is beyond my wildest dreams.
How do you maintain your health as a working musician when so much of touring and studio life can bring unhealthy habits?
I maintain a spiritual practice of staying in the moment daily. Trust, it’s easier said than done but when I take things as they come and let life unfold itself I’m stable in my sobriety. I love working out and lifting weights so that is a big help. In all honesty though, the music and touring makes me happy and with my spiritual practice I can navigate anything.
We've been discussing mental health a lot in music on our site a ton lately. What changes do you think the music industry needs to implement in the way we deal with mental health, especially when so much of it involves nightlife (and through that, drugs and alcohol)?
Interesting question. I think more open dialogue between people struggling and how they’re getting through these struggles is paramount. A lot of people are “depressed” and “sad” on Twitter, in fact it’s in vogue to rep sadness and depression. However, anyone who actually experiences this knows they don’t want to feel that way and wants a way out. It’s key for the music industry to provide a solution to this and make it more known that we can beat our demons and live full lives. Casual cocaine use has been the downfall of so many producers living in LA and NY (everywhere really), I hope that that changes because it’s ruined so many people with so much potential. I hope that answers the question haha
What advice would you want to give to people out there who feel helpless and maybe are in the same situation you were in, in the past?
Get help. Give up. Move on. I had to throw in the towel and just listen to the people who had gone through what I had and came out the other side. If you’re out there struggling and read this please reach out to me. I can help you don’t ever have to live like you this again. There’s a solution.
We heard that you've now taken on GTL as a bit of a motto. The Jersey Shore guys also knew how to cook (and eat), and it was almost the unseen fourth letter. Do you have any great recipes for food that can fit under the new healthy lifestyle?
I use to be a chef actually so cooking is one of my many hobbies. I love making poultry. Here’s a great rub you can put on anything. It’s basically equal parts of each spice so it can be doubled, tripled, etc… with ease.
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt (to taste)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
Finally, we heard you've released some great music from a Japanese label. For those that haven't heard it, what can they expect? What can we expect from you for the rest of 2017?
The EP is a journey through emotion. Expect bright colors, interesting melodies, and drum rhythms to make you move. I’ve got some big things on the horizon expect a track of mine on a new label/collective coming out in April followed by another EP of more club/banger feels. I want to release some harder music this year for all my bass heads out there.