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
Where Can We Find You on Social Media?
Let the Questions Begin
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:
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?
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
Nothing to see here…no I’m good. Yes my sanity is very much in tact and it is totally normal to have a color palette inspired by a teeny tiny little pupper. Real talk – I have been super into earthy tones lately. I think, in part, my brain is rebelling against all the vibrant tones I fall back on regularly. It’s trying to tell me to switch things up and challenge my creativity a bit more.
Were you one of the lucky people with a view of last week’s lunar eclipse? I drove out to Casper, WY with my boyfriend, baby sister, and brothers to see the solar eclipse that passed over the U.S. last summer and was super bummed to learn we wouldn’t get a good view of the Lunar one that just happened. Some of the images that flooded my feed were so incredible, I figured why not put together a color palette. It’s been a while since my last color palette post but I’ll be pulling more of these palettes together with inspiration from instagram (bc, duh.)
Creativity is a powerful ability. It’s a skill that is honed by years of practice and nurture. My belief is that creativity is like any other skill – you have to nurtutre creativity. If you neglect it and assume it’ll be there when you need it, it’ll abandon you. Maintaining your creativity is a holistic process. The world around you urges you to think one way, part of creativity is being able to ignore those parameters and see the alternatives.