Creative in Residence: Cody Carlyle Dixon
Lowcountry Local First (LLF) is proud to announce Cody Carlyle Dixon as one of the two recipients of its Creative in Residence program, an initiative that awards a six-month opportunity at Local Works, LLF’s non-sector coworking space. Cody will began this residency on July 1 and will receive mentorship over a six-month period to enrich his creative ventures.
Cody is full of passion that shows in not only his own work but in the community around him. He continues to contribute a ton to the Lowcountry and is a great fit to Local Works. We are excited to see what the rest of the year will bring with Cody here.
What do you do?
Well I’m a sound engineer and stage hand for local venues around Charleston. I’ve been doing that as well working as a musician and producer in the area for 7 years. I work with the places like Awendaw Green, Redux, The Purple Buffalo, and Charleston Music Hall as well as other lowcountry non profits. I also write poetry and other types of music as well as rap.
What are your some of your goals?
I want to combine all these things into programming for workshops, retreats and after school programs for kids in under privileged areas and in schools lacking art funding.
Why do you do what you do?
I’m doing the work I’m doing now to make a difference in a children’s lives who weren’t blessed to have opportunities in music and other art mediums that I had. I always had these resources readily available and in a country where arts funding is getting cut I want to do my part by providing those same resources and opportunities. By showing kids all the different aspects of not only the music industry but the arts industry as a whole gives them more opportunities and choices of what they want to do when they are older.
What is your creative process?
My creative process is pretty random. I have set times I’ll sit and write music or plan events or programs but a lot of my thoughts hit me randomly and I have to stop and get them out or write them down.
What inspires you?
I usually try and immerse myself. Music is very inspirational to me so I get my ideas while I listen to music or at events. A lot of my inspiration comes from past civil rights and musical movements like the black panthers, the Harlem renaissance or the origins of hip hop. All those movements were built on unity and the rearing of the youth which are strong principles I want to keep close to soul power.
What are you most looking forward to with the creative in residence program?
I brainstorm and collaborate a lot with others as well which is also what I’m most looking forward to at local first. I can’t wait to meet other members and businesses and collaborate to create something that impacts a lot of people.
What is one piece of advice that you wish you heard when you first started?
One piece of advice would be to practice and plan more because you can never have to much experience in those areas when practicing a craft!