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Rising Music Star Chris Peevor, aka Complex: “Diversity in the entertainment industry is so important because everyone deserves a chance to show the world their skills and attributes”

I passionately believe in diversity in the entertainment industry as everyone deserves a chance to show the world their skills and attributes, and that no color religion or gender should jeopardize people’s chances. We are all here for a reason, so why can’t we work together, act together, sing together, play sports together etc. Everyone has a passion, and some are like others, so offer your hand and help that person because they will turn round one day and do the same, to give the newer generations the same opportunities.

As a part of our series about pop culture’s rising stars, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Chris Peevor aka Complex.

Complex is an unsigned hip hop artist who has lived in Hereford since 2009 after initially being raised just across the border in Llandrindod Wells in Wales. He has a unique story telling aspect to his music, and often adds melodically based choruses and hooks to give his track a different vibe. After losing 3 family members between 2017 and 2019, he took some time away from music to reinvent himself and his love for writing and rapping, he is now back and ready to continue what he started. He has received various radio plays throughout the country in his short music career and can be found on all streaming platforms as well as online and through his social media accounts.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?

I am originally from Sandwell in the West Midlands but moved to Llandrindod Wells in Wales with my mother and brother when I was around 2 years old. It was a safer place to be as young children with my brother being 4 and my mother still being young herself. The move coincided with some difficult situations that our mother had been through with our real dad (our mother remarried in Llandrindod and we have 2 sisters now also).

Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?

The best answer I can give to this question is that my Dad (step dad) who has sadly passed now was diagnosed with kidney renal failure in 2009, and it had a massive effect on me as I couldn’t say to how sad and helpless I felt that I couldn’t help him, so I began to write songs to express the feelings and emotions I was feeling and how difficult life had become. Going from being a healthy man to being debilitated in a blink of an eye was very tough to deal with for sure.

Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?

I don’t have many to be honest as I am just starting out, but I guess putting music out and walking from my front door and hearing playing and singing along to my tracks, and feeling really great about it but also still very humble.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Not sure I want to say this to be honest, but I will as I am being open and honest, so here goes. I was in Gloucester at a new studio I had found online, and I really needed the toilet, so I asked the engineer where they were, he told me, and I went. As you can imagine it was not for a number 1, so I’m there you know doing what it is you do and I finish and come out to wash my hands to find he is stood there washing his hands, and I just say “alright man”. Later on, into the recording session we are really relaxed and he comes out with “Man you stank the toilets out a few hours back”.

Safe to say I was very embarrassed but saw the funny side of it all.

Jeez I cannot believe I have just said that to you.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

I have a project out now on all the streaming platforms, a track called Where We Came From which is getting some great reviews and responses, it has something like 20,000+ on Spotify which is wonderful. I have a video for the track in the pipeline, and I’m heading back to Llandrindod to shoot the visuals there, if the readers listen to the track and eventually watch the video, they will understand why I went back home to shoot it.

We are very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?

I passionately believe in diversity in the entertainment industry as everyone deserves a chance to show the world their skills and attributes, and that no color religion or gender should jeopardize people’s chances. We are all here for a reason, so why can’t we work together, act together, sing together, play sports together etc. Everyone has a passion, and some are like others, so offer your hand and help that person because they will turn round one day and do the same, to give the newer generations the same opportunities.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

Number 1 would be just do chris peevor and no one else, simply put early on I tried so hard to get a sound that was so familiar to what was out because I felt Id get noticed if I did it that way, safe to say that was a terrible decision.

Number 2 would be just taking your time to find your pathway, and to keep going if that pathway is showing signs of working for you.

Number 3 would be open up and talk about your struggles with friends or family who know you and how your mind works to keep you on track.

Number 4 would be the more effort you put in the more you will accomplish.

Number 5 would be the entertainment is a struggle and can be very draining to get where you want to but you can if you have the right mindset and give it all you got.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Give yourself enough time in the day to get things wrong so you can go back over them to make sure you perfect everything you are doing, but to still have time to be you away from the hard work, give yourself 5 minutes to have a cup of tea ha-ha.

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)

That is a difficult question because there are movements now trying to encourage good in people, I guess I would just try to push the peace narrative because who wants a world of hatred, racism, murder etc. I certainly do not, so yeah, I would push hard for a peaceful existence if I could.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

Id say my family, as they see something in me what I didn’t for a long time and when you have your children running around the house singing your songs it gives you the drive to keep going for myself and for them also, to prove they can be what they want when they grow up.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

CS Lewis Quote “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.

One of my favorite quotes because I can’t go back to change mistakes but I can learn now and stop myself when I’m about to, I can’t change how I started out in my music but I can change how I do it now.

Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. :-)

That would have to be Eminem, his story is different to mine but I would love to know how he got through it all mentally, and how he keeps himself so grounded nowadays and humbled when he is a known legend and will always be remembered.

How can our readers follow you online?

Twitter @cpx_music

Instagram @cpx_music

Facebook complex2020

Soundcloud cpx-music

This was very meaningful, thank you so much! We wish you continued success!

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