For as long as Larry Lambert can remember, his love for music began between the ages of two and three years old. Whether he was dancing on the tables, singing with family members, or being apart of the musical scene in church, his mother noticed his gravitation — making a conscious decision to place him in piano and drum lessons at the start of kindergarten.
Just at the age of 10, (5th grade), Lambert picked up his very first saxophone and stuck to it until he began college.
FINALLY STARTED TAKING MUSIC SERIOUSLY
“His mom later sent him to South Philadelphia where he attended Girad Academic Music Program (GAMP). “It was one of the best music schools so my mom sent me there. That’s the first time I was around a whole bunch of musicians my age — my peers, who love music, did music.”
Being apart of this encouraged Lambert to take school more seriously.
He eventually stopped going to school to focus on music full time. “I started doing my own music in Atlanta, before I left. I actually started my own band, recording my own music — trying to make a name for myself.”
“I stayed in Philly for the most part just doing my music, working with my band, putting out singles, solo projects, collaborating with different artist. Then, I finally decided that I wanted to move back to [first] LA, but I chose Atlanta because I was more familiar with it.”
GETTING THE CALL TO DO SUMMER WALKERS TOUR
Before moving to Atlanta, “I got called to do the tour with Summer Walker. A good friend of mine I went to school with at Morehouse, was a tour manager, and he just called me to ask if I was available to do it.”
BEING A BLACK MAN & WORKING WITH OTHERS
“I just worry about sharing my gift, that’s the most important thing to me.“
WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU KNEW?
“I wish I had focused more on my craft at a young age, to where I took it more seriously. Other than that, I think I’ve been pretty okay.”
CURRENT CLIENTELE AND FUTURE COLLABORATIONS
“Well I am currently on tour with Ella Mai, so that’s my current job. But in the past for a birthday party, I got to play for multiple artist. Musiq Soulchild, Angie Stone, and a couple of other people. I’ve also played for Freeway the rapper, Lauryn Hill.”
GROWTH + SOCIAL MEDIA
“I feel like this social media thing is very intense, but I also look at it as — you don’t really need it, if you’re working. If you’re good at the work you do, your name will get you more work. Not social media.
I think social media is a big plus, and I could have more work if I took advantage of it. The things I get called for is because of what I already did, not because of what I posted. I don’t want to rely on posting to get me work, it takes too much energy and time.”
PERFORMING IN A NEW CITY
“I take the day of the show in as much as possible. I try to connect with where I am and what I’m doing. I try to forget about anything else that I’m going through. So if I’m like going to the hotel, I like to take my time walking up the stairs — or get in an elevator, observe where I am, being grateful for what I am. When I get in my room, I chill in there, look outside at the view. I get dressed, put on what I’m going to wear to perform, I take pride in all that stuff.
Going to sound check, I pay attention to the route we take to get there, the weather, the time change, the food…taking it all in. By the time I get on the stage, I let it all out. This is what I am, this is what I’m doing. I just feel really good and just play.”
BEING ON STAGE + NOT GETTING NERVOUS
Lambert says that he hardly gets nervous in front of an audience. “I think about what comes next. Once I’m playing, I’m not thinking about what I’m playing, because it’s already happening. I play it in my head.”
SELF CARE, CLOSING STATEMENTS, + COMMENTS
“I love it all. I try to drink a lot of water, eat fruits and veggies, hit the gym at all the hotels.”
“Take advantage of what’s happening. I’ve been doing this music stuff since I was a kid, so I didn’t need social media to build my credibility. But if you’re getting into music now, take advantage of it, because it works. That’s your resume at this point.”
5 THINGS YOU MUST HAVE WHEN PLAYING A GIG
- My orange beanie (because it’s dark on stage. That’s how people noticed I was on stage.)
- My Best Friend Obituary (He got killed in 2017, so I carry that with me all the time.)
- My Headphones