We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Carpenter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nick, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
I spent years chasing popularity and trends to no avail. Then I decided to give up the dream and mentally move music from career goal to passion/hobby. The music I made for fun eventually became popular and opened the door for career. I learned to give less weight to trends and popularity and value my own time with my craft.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a songwriter making music under the moniker Medium Build. I studied songwriting in Nashville for 5 years before moving to Alaska. My songs are uncomfortably honest and ask big questions. Medium Build started as a place for my journal entries, not a commercial quest. After years of chipping away it became my primary source of joy and income. I can only say I’ve had tons of help and I’ve refused to quit making songs.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’d spend Friday night at the Round Up. Saturday night at Adair’s. And Sunday morning at Waffle House. And maybe a hangover meal at Ten Ramen.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’ve had so much help in this life. My parents are my biggest cheerleaders. My brother is my most honest critic. My manager is my champion and fights for my work to stay pure and focused. My mentor in college was a poet named Marcus Jackson. He gave me unequaled advice on how to put words together. Nothing I have was forged alone. I am so thankful.