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Artist Spotlight: Real Topeka People


Artist Introduction

What’s your stage name and where are you from?

Real Topeka People from St. Louis, MO

What’s the story behind your stage name?

The name of the artist project originates from the legendary scene in “Almost Famous” when Russell from Stillwater, while on the road and navigating the disillusionment of recent music stardom, goes to a random party looking to engage with anything true or real and finds Real-Topeka-People.

Describe your musical journey in three sentences.

At 13, I got my first guitar and began lessons at Dave’s Guitar Loft in St. Louis. I played in bands through high school and college, eventually moving to Los Angeles to play open mics and develop my sound. After the pandemic, I returned home to St. Louis to launch my solo project, Real Topeka People, and it feels so good to be back making music where it all began.


Fan Engagement

Share an interesting experience you had while creating your latest track.

While making my last track, I decided to incorporate some ambient sounds from my hometown in St. Louis. I spent a late night walking around the city, recording the sounds of traffic and distant conversations. Layering these sounds into the track added a unique, authentic vibe that really brought the music to life.

What message do you want to convey through your music?

I’m always striving to improve my songwriting, production, and mixing. I really try to use what I’ve learned to make each song better than the last. I hope my dedication inspires listeners to keep perfecting their craft and stay committed to their own journeys.


Behind the Music

Tell us about a challenge you faced during production and how you overcame it.

I started “Goddamn.” last year but abandoned it after struggling to write beyond the first verse. I knew it had potential but wasn’t sure how to move forward. Months later, I decided to revisit it from scratch. By programming the drums to be less busy with more swing, I found the groove the song had been missing. From there, everything fell into place, and I knew I had something special.

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be and why?

I’d love to work with Mark Ronson. He’s a genius at combining old-school funk with modern pop. That would be insane.


Future Aspirations

Where do you see your music taking you in the next year?

I just want the music to sound a little better this year than last year and continue to improve and hone my sound. That’s all I can control.

What’s the next big step for you as an artist?

The next big step for me as an artist is to secure sync placements for my music in films and TV shows. I believe my songs have a unique sound that can enhance visual storytelling, and I’m excited about the potential to reach new audiences through these mediums.


Recent Work & Contact Info

Where can we hear/watch your most recent work?

Spotify! I just released a new single with TwoYearOldBear called, “Bow Down.” Listen here.

What is the best way to contact you if fans want to give feedback or if other artists/producers want to collaborate?

Instagram @therealtopekapeople

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