Seven months ago, I moved to L.A. so I could pursue a career in the music industry. I’ve always had a dream of running my own festivals, but wasn’t exactly sure which entry-level job would set me on that path. I interviewed at a number of places and met with a lot of people to get advice on where to begin. It seemed like I just needed to get my foot in the door at some entertainment company and let the rest fall into place over time, but it didn’t feel right to settle for a position that wouldn’t teach me how to get where I wanted to go. Luckily, I found an opportunity to be an assistant at Danny Wimmer Presents, a festival production company that specializes in hard rock. While it may not be the genre most up my alley, the experience I’ve gotten is invaluable. I’m learning the ins and outs of what it takes to put on a festival, and getting to touch a little of each department, which is helping me figure out exactly what I like and don’t like.
On top of work, I’ve also tried to focus on networking and getting involved with more live music. In the Spring, I volunteered for BrokeLA (a day fest for those of us who can’t afford Coachella) and got to meet the guys behind Brownies & Lemonade, an awesome production company focused on showcasing SoundCloud’s best. More recently, I’ve been volunteered for SoFar Sounds, helping put on gigs for Mt. Joy, Noah Cyrus, BJ The Chicago Kid and tons of other cool artists from all over the world. Of course, I’ve also been hitting a ton of concerts, but I’m starting to realize how much I love being part of live music in intimate settings.
Working and volunteering in the music industry have not only opened a lot of doors for me, they’re also teaching me more about my passions and steering me toward and away from all the right things. Unfortunately, they have consumed a lot of my time, and I’ve definitely slacked on finding new music and writing my blog. There is still a lot of stuff I want to share with my friends, though, and I’ve been itching for a creative outlet, so I’m going to start making an effort to prioritize this again. In the meantime, here’s a playlist with all of my jamz over the last few months: