We recently connected with Javen Oliver and have shared our conversation below.
Javen, appreciate you joining us today. So, let’s start with a hypothetical – what would you change about the educational system?
Through the works of creation & art, I feel we can help the children in our school systems become more invested in what they’re learning. By making schools an “expression welcoming” atmosphere, kids will then be more inclined to work and focus in class. Interactive, honest, personal, & expressive methods used in the classroom will keep kids intrigued. The more they are emotionally invested, the better they will perform. Outside of the art standpoint, just having these kids be more interactive with each other always serves as a benefit. We all know sitting books that they don’t want to read & tests in front of them isn’t the ideal way for them to really learn.
Javen, before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
My name is Javen Oliver. A young , upcoming artist from Baltimore, Maryland. I make personal, introspective hip-hop music in hopes of connecting to people that run across the same ills. I’m very proud of the fact that I have a voice to share my perspectives on topics that need to be discussed within the black community & society as a whole. I take pride in that. Using music, visuals, instrumentation, etc. Whatever runs through my soul at the time is how I try to express. What I’m most known for now is my rapping. I plan to express many emotions through those avenues as much as possible.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative in your experience?
By far the most rewarding thing is seeing the emotional reaction to a piece of work that you’ve made. Hearing how it helped someone go through a tough time, or hearing that they related to the message, that is what gets me up.
Is there something you think non-creatives will struggle to understand about your journey as a creative? Maybe you can provide some insight – you never know who might benefit from the enlightenment.
Yes. I think that people who wouldn’t consider themselves a creative don’t fully know the planning and emotional investment you have to put into your craft. With so much going into the art, it may take a little while for your idea to come to fruition. On the outside looking in, you may just see a rapper rapping words over a beat. But it takes a bit of experience, internalization, and even courage to put it on wax.
- Website: javenoliver.com
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/javenoliver?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCfH9Q1zUBm68nTGeASnidNw
- Other: www.tiktok.com/@javenoliver