James Marvin, 42, lives and works in Harker Heights. He is a retired soldier and music producer.
What do you do for a living?
I retired from the military July 31. I am a music producer and my stage name is “Drilla.” I served the military for 22 years in the medical field. I retired as a sergeant major.
Where are you from?
I am originally from Montgomery, Ala.
Tell me about your family.
I have been married to my lovely wife, Teresa, for 19 years. We were married right here in Killeen. I was stationed at Fort Hood two times, from 1993-1996 and 2002 until now. My wife and I have only one child, JaVisa Martin, and she is 22. My father lives in Montgomery, Ala., my mom passed away in 2009, my stepdad passed away, and I do not have any siblings. I call my first cousins my siblings at times because we grew up together.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself as the president and CEO of Boss Beatz. I see our company being one of the best well-established companies in the music world.
What do you like about the Harker Heights area?
I like the area because it is not too congested in the area that I live in. I like having plenty of space between neighbors. I like that the area is building up and that it’s not the city, but I don’t have to go to far to have everything at my fingertips. I believe that a quiet neighborhood is important.
What was the best advice that you were ever given?
The best advice that I was ever given came from my mother. She said, “No excuses. At the end of the day, excuses don’t get results. The path of getting results is not through excuses.”
If you could change one thing about your life what would it be and why?
I don’t think that I would change anything. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Regrets are how you learn in life. I am very happy and fortunate where I am right now.
If you could write a song about your life, what would it be called and why?
“Limitless,” would be the song title of my life. I prove to myself that I can do anything I put my mind to. I am a completely driven person. I think that I am so blessed to have people with the same commitment and drive as I do (we challenge each other). I plan on going further besides just being a music producer. Maybe one day I will do video and more.
What drives your passion for music?
I loved music every since I was a small child growing up. My mother was a great musical influence for me by bringing different music in our home. She provided mixers, drum machines, etc., any musical equipment that I asked for. I worked with several different music groups in high school. I was always into music, but never completely engulfed into it because of my military career. I love all types of music.
Twila Hill is a Herald correspondent.