Hello My Name Is… Jon Shockness

21 Questions With the Musician Behind Kid Astronaut

Welcome to the first installment of the Creator Interview Series! This series will be a way to highlight some of my favorite creatives as individuals, parts of their creative process, and some get-to-know-them questions that will help show why I admire them and their work. I am SO excited to kick this series off!

Introducing Jon Shockness a.k.a. Kid Astronaut

Age:
28

Where Can We Find You on Social Media?

I met Jon 4 or 5 years ago when he was touring with his [then] band Air Dubai. He’s a fellow Denverite, though I didn’t meet him until he came through Philly with one of my good high school friends. In the time I’ve known Jon, I’ve watched as he has gone on to create so much more in both collaborative and solo formats. His vocals are incredible, but Jon’s mindset is what inspires me most. As an inspirational figure in the Denver community, he takes his role seriously. He recognizes that his successes have given his voice even more power – and he uses it.

Let the Questions Begin

Favorite Emoji:

🚀

Favorite Artist:
Michael Jackson created some of the most memorable, entertaining and visionary music to STILL exist. I look up to his artistry immensely.

Go-to Inspiration Spot:
When I need inspiration I usually create mood boards on Pinterest. I might meditate or just go outside.

Morning or Night Person:
Night

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?
Artsy, Kind, Thoughtful

How would you describe you in 3 words?
Artsy, Kind, Intentional

Favorite place you’ve ever visited?
Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Who would you consider Your mentor?
Oprah. I follow her on YouTube and she’s always bringing me enlightenment and encouragement.

How Did You Get Started? Is there anything you would change about your journey?
I got started by listening to music and wanting to create my own. My journey has been fun, at times tumultuous but I wouldn’t change it.

How do you break through the noise of creating in the digital age?
I focus on myself and what I want to accomplish. I create the type of life I want to live.

Best Advice you’ve ever received?
Just be yourself.

What are your favorite methods of self-promotion?
Social Media! I love engaging with photos/videos/text. All types of things.

Is there anyone you share your work with before you take it live?
No but I think i’ll start.

How do you pay-it-forward to help boost other artists?
By sharing their names, tagging them in posts and when I work with younger kids by encouraging them to shine their brightest and do what feels natural to them.

How are you feelin these days?
Today I’m feeling alright. Had a ton of awesome shows like lately and just now gearing up for the next phase.

How do you take care of yourself and your creativity when you are stressed?
By breathing, meditating, letting go of what I can’t control.

What’s your biggest fear?
Being buried alive.

Twitter or Instagram?
Instagram

Whats your favorite podcast?
I honestly don’t have one… I know they’re mad popular now!!

What’s a cause that’s close to your heart?
Just humanity. Racism, sexism, any power dynamic that holds someone over someone else I dislike.

If you could put anything on a billboard, what would it be?
PRACTICE SELF LOVE

I am Kid Astronaut a musician, artist, dreamer, creative individual. With music I create sound portals that will take listeners either into a memory, a vision, maybe somewhere out into the universe or perhaps even deeper into themselves. I blend the worlds of music with engaging life experiences and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be an artist in my lifetime.

– Jon Shockness

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