Pink Sweat$ talks on His Rising Career and What Almost Stopped it All at the Pabst Sound Society Fearless Experience.
On November 8, 2018, I came across R&B singer-songwriter David Bowden's (aka Pink Sweat$) music. The West Philly artist released his first EP titled , Volume 1 in 2018. Listening to songs like "Call Me", "Cocaine", and "Honesty" drew me to the young artist's Instagram account. I was impressed with his content, yet disappointed with the low amount of coverage he was receiving. A young black artist, who's not singing about random topics deserved an audience. In order of spreading this young man's talents, I decided to post the EP on my Insta-story. To my surprise Pink Sweat$ himself reached out to me with thanks and appreciation. From that day on I knew this man was special.
Almost a year later I had the opportunity of meeting the artist face to face for an event hosted by Pabst Sound Society. This interview and intimate experience gave fans including me a closer look into his rising career. Sweat$ talked to fans and the interviewer about becoming fearless and taking on your dreams.
Humble, Honest and Heroic- We would like to introduce you to the artist known as Pink Sweat$.
Meet Pink Sweat$ by Pabst Sound Society
INT: What was your first experience in music? How far did you work into your music?
PS: I was a drummer in church. I never knew I was good at singing but, I was afraid to sing in church. When I first started, I wasn’t comfortable. I started to write songs that meant something. I wanted people to think, to touch people's minds and make them think just a little. Not just make music to play in the club.
INT: You're not really like any other artist we have seen yet. Especially being from Philly, how was growing up there and how did that dynamic shape you?
PS: Growing up in the hood, and liking different things than other people encouraged me to love being different. “I never talk about sex in an explicit way; that’s intentional. I never degrade women; that’s intentional. I don’t have a [fancy] haircut. I wear pink. That’s not typical for the history of R&B.”
INT: What did you notice in the music industry as a new artist?
PS: When I hear most new R&B music, it sounds like Chris Brown from three years ago. While he's in 2033 right now, people are trying to sound like his past. You can be inspired without jacking someone's style. You got to be comfortable in you
INT: Not too many people are aware with what actually pushed you to face your careers, which was your experience with achalasia. Can you explain what that disease is and what it was like going through with it?
PS: I noticed that I started getting skinnier and looking drained. I went to the hospital and was diagnosed with achalasia, a rare esophageal condition. Mostly older folks get it at the age of 60 but, somehow I got it. Lucky me! I couldn't swallow and even keep down a sip of water.
INT: How did you recover from this?
PS: I was depressed for a short period. What snapped me out of it was the reality that things started to work. Also talking with Dante, my brother, for hours really helped. It was like therapy. With the thought of me losing my face it ironically gave me the courage to pursue this singing career for real. For a year I also told myself that I am a genius. Even when I wasn't doing s
INT: What are your fears? How do you conquer those fears?
PS: Falling in love and losing my teeth are the two things I am afraid of. I have nightmares about both all the time. I realized that you will become a better songwriter once your heart is broke. My heart was broken and then I started creating amazing music. Hopefully, someone would listen to this and understand or connect with how I felt.
INT: What do you want to bring into this world with the creation of your music?
PS: Everything you do creates a new experience, which allows you to share something new to your audience. Life is not about one thing. It’s about balance. It's about struggling to pursue great things and juggling the not so great things. I am here to add to the pile. People only consume one thing. I am here to create balance and show people dreams can happen.
INT: What is your advice on taking risks and facing your fears?
PS: Don’t be tiptoeing and afraid to break the glass. You have to live. If you fail its a lesson. Get back up and try it again.