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Balancing the Grind with The Teeta, Austin-based Independent Musician

Hailing from Austin, Texas, The Teeta is an independent musician, pushing his wave of “pretty boy trap music,” with 2018 releases, Killstreak 2 and American Pop, and his latest album Teeta World.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your music career to date?

Well I started doing music as a teenager over ten years ago with my group Team Next. I’d say I’ve always been serious about it, and we were popular from the jump, but kicked it up a notch and started investing in my solo campaign in 2016.

Since then I’ve made the cover of Austin Chronicle, hit a lot of major publications, had millions of streams and continue to work on my craft and build.

2) What does a typical day in the life look like for you as an independent musician? Can you take us through a recent day?

Well since the lockdown every day has kind of been the same, but I wouldn’t say it’s too far off from a normal thing for me because I spend a lot of time working on my craft and on personal development.

Only difference is that I’m not able to perform, attend meaningful events, go to the studio, attend meetings, etc.

A normal day for me though would be waking up at 9am, listen to something motivational, inspirational and/or spiritual, check my emails and analytics, eat something small and figure out what to eat later.

If I’m to have a meeting with project management I usually do that between 1pm and 3pm, studio mostly every day for at least four hours depending on what I’m working on (if I don’t have studio time that day I will work on stuff from home).

I make it a point to chill with my girl for a few hours and then attend meaningful events later at night and that’s pretty much it.

3) Do you have any tips, tricks or shortcuts to help you manage your workload and schedule?

Not really I just find that it’s best to do what’s most suitable to you and your personality type. I’ve tried it several different ways and honestly I’d rather take a less rigid approach to things.

I find it gives me the best and most satisfying results for me. I personally like to keep it simple and not overextend but definitely push to hit each point each day, don’t focus so much on control and be flexible, let it flow.

Some people are the opposite and that’s perfectly fine but what works for one person may cause resistance to another person so you just gotta be open and find your flow.

4) In between your job, life and all your other responsibilities, how do you ensure you find some sort of balance in your life?

Well I haven’t worked a day job since 2018 but I’m always working with several people and to do that and make sure that the opportunity to get paid is consistent is a job in itself and can take a lot of energy.

I’m very big on personal development so I make sure to expose myself to things that are gonna strengthen my mind and spirit at least twice a day when I wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night.

I make sure not to get so caught up in building my career that I neglect other things that are important to me like my relationship, leisure, etc.

5) What does work life balance mean to you?

Work life balance to me means not letting one important aspect of your life overtake another aspect and building to the point where you can make it all work at the same time. I’ve been blessed to be able to maintain a good equilibrium most of the time.

6) What do you think are some of the best habits you’ve developed over the years to help you strive for success and balance?

I think my best habit that has helped me strive for success and balance is that I’m pretty good at locking in on something unto completion. Once I’m on task and I’m really into it I get it done and then I’ll worry about other stuff. I kinda fixate, it’s how I’ve been able to produce so much.

7) Are there any books that have helped you improve over the years?

“As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen is the one that changed my life and the way I perceived the world, but I’ve pretty much read all the classics, I’ll list five or six important ones to me in no particular order:

  • Think and Grow Rich
  • The Alchemist
  • The Game of Life and How to Play It
  • The Strangest Secret
  • The Science of Getting Rich
  • The Bible – particularly Proverbs but pretty much anything you find in a self help book is in there if you open yourself to it, but I understand the religious stigma or whatever.

8) What is the number one thing you do to make sure you get the most out of your day?

Pray. I truly believe it’s the path to tuning your vibration to your vision.

9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

I’d just say that work life balance is the single most important thing about pursuing your dreams, so I urge everyone to focus on that, to find that flow and elevate from there.

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.