Please introduce yourself. What do you do? Why? What do you want people to know about you?
My name is Caleb and I’m an artist under the name Apex Frazier. I’m a 21 year old immigrant living in Southern Ontario and I’ve battled FSH muscular dystrophy for the past 5 years. My music gives me both, an escape, and a place to heal. I hope to bring hope and healing to anyone who listens.
What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
My life has been filled with problems and circumstances that you would only find in movies. Having said that, that has made me incredibly resilient and determined in all that I do. My best quality however, is my adaptability. What started with adapting to a broken home as a child, to moving countries in high school, then developing a muscle disease has now leaked into my art. I have a wide range of variety and have recently been able to adapt my content to a much more widely accepted style of branding. This year has yielded 10x more streams because of it. A blessing I am truly grateful for.
Describe THAT moment when you realized you’re doing what you were born to do.
The moment I realized I was born to be an artist was early August one night in 2016. I was 15 and my older brother was away in University. He texted late one night and told me a song I had put on SoundCloud made his best friend cry, then told me it was life changing for the both of them. Little did he know that gave me exactly what I needed to continue. I have never been the most confident person in the world, but that text was the spark I needed to know I was truly built for this.
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to go through and how did you grow through it?
The biggest challenge has easily been my health. A few months after moving to Canada, my body began to shut down on me. During my third basketball practice of the season, I went to do a burpee and could not get up. After a week in the hospital, I was diagnosed with Fascioscapularhumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). That is a muscle wasting disease that eats away at your skeletal muscles and comes with severe chronic fatigue.
By 2020, I was confined to an electric wheelchair. However, through my faith, proper diet and therapy, I’ve been able to regain a small amount of strength and have largely left that chair in the past. It’s still a challenge every single day, but it’s one I know is worth fighting for.
Who are the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could elevate your career or business? Why these specific individuals?
Without a question the number one artist I would love to meet is Jon Bellion. I believe he has incredible talent and insight on how music works, and I am also looking to get into writing more for others, as he has done for many popular artists.
Nic D is another person I would love to talk to and learn from for the marketing side of things.
And as my niche nerd pick, nobigdyl. without question would not hear me shut up about chh, marketing and balancing faith with being an independent artist.
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