We had the good fortune of connecting with Carl Posadas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carl, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I’m definitely inspired by where I come from as well as all of the creatives around me. I’m originally from Fairfield, CA and moved down to San Diego during the pandemic and during that time I’ve been able to learn from a lot of people about how they go about their business. I’ve always tried to adjust with the location I am at but definitely keeping to my core who I am and where I’m from.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I created a party called ‘Wind Down’ that is held at Park & Rec in University Heights every 4th Sunday of the month. We first started off with just playing music but over time we have incorporated a market to highlight some of the best local businesses San Diego has to offer.
When I first moved to San Diego, I became a part of this DJ collective called Cuffin that also plays at Park & Rec. They needed someone to DJ for their Sundays and so I took up the opportunity as soon as it was offered. The start was pretty rough, no one really showed up for the first couple months and it didn’t help that I wasn’t from San Diego so I had to come up with ways to market and try to get people to attend my event. I overcame some of these challenges by continually keeping an open mind on ideas. I would reach out to a mentor of mine, Julz, who has been in this industry for quite some time and he took me under his wing and showed me the ropes.
It was from there where the idea of including a market was brought up and it was a snowball effect from there. I created a team to help come up with ideas, create flyers, content for social media, etc. From there I’ve learned that taking on a bunch of responsibilities yourself is not the way to go if you want to throw and run a successful event, it really takes a team.
Wind Down is more than just a day party that has a market every month, Wind Down is a community that welcome all walks of life that enjoy good music and even better company.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Some of my favorite places I like to take anyone that comes out to San Diego would be Balboa Park to walk around and get a vibe of the city, Seaport Village, La Jolla, and even North Park. From there the food recommendations are endless, starting at Tacos El Gordo, Sayulitas, Banh Thai, Lucha Libre, the list goes on and on. As for nightlife, I am not much of a downtown type of person, so the last place I would recommend is Gaslamp. I prefer something less crowded so I would always recommend University Heights, specifically Park&Rec where they have some of the best staff and drinks you can find in the San Diego area.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to thank my team: Cydney, Ronnel, Angela, Aurelio, Kate, Juls, and Lee. Without them Wind Down would not be where it is at now. I first started this party thinking that I would be able to do this all on my own but that was definitely not the case. I learned that in order to build a great foundation for something you need to have an amazing team that all share a common goal of creating something bigger than themselves and that is definitely what I have so thank you so much.
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