Black Taxi's Ezra Huleatt talks about being an artist in residence in Safety Harbor
When Ezra Huleatt became the first artist-in-residence at the new Safety Harbor Art and Music Center, his musician pals had no idea what he was doing.
"A lot of friends, when they heard about it, were like, 'So … you're not writing music? What direction are you going in?'" Huleatt said.
Their confusion was understandable. Artist residency programs tend to be geared toward writers, playwrights, visual artists and creators in other disciplines, not pop musicians like Huleatt, the singer of New York dance-rock group Black Taxi.
In a field where making ends meet can be a challenge — Huleatt said he sometimes earns extra cash by writing custom songs for fans — any chance to immerse themselves in music with little overhead can feel like a windfall.
"Compared to New York City, where you're working 80 hours a week just to get by, it's been really amazing," he said.
For more on Huleatt and SHAMC's artist in residence program, click here.