We had the good fortune of connecting with Erik Fish and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Erik, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
In my opinion balance is such an important part of life. Without out balance it is truly hard to ever fully achieve success. You may have success in your career but be lacking in other important areas in your life. Health, relationships, family etc. I have personally struggled with balance and am constantly trying to improve on it and better myself. When it comes to my work life balance I think it’s important to stay focussed, be open to change and always try to maintain a great workflow. As a dj there are so many pieces that make up the full dj career puzzle. Practicing your art, putting together your sets, finding new/great music, promoting yourself, and maintaining work relationships to name a few. In an industry that is centered on late nights, drinking, and very loud environments, I feel it is crucial to keep a solid focus on health, things such as diet and exercise can easily fall to the bottom of the list of “things to do”. Early on in my career it was important to go out as much as possible, make connections, listen to other djs play, and get to know who’s who. Although those things are still just as important as ever, I feel the balance now is knowing when to “check out”. Rest is just as important as the work. Taking a day to focus on yourself can be so beneficial and help avoid the fatigue and burnout that so many people now days seem to struggle with. I have also found that balancing my screen time is important. So much of what I do as a dj is focussed on screens. Putting the phone down, closing the laptop and being “present” is my biggest focus lately and am finding it works in helping my productivity. I feel refreshed, energized and much more focussed.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been a professional dj for about 11 years now. During that time I have been fortunate enough to perform at events all around the country, everything from nightclubs, movie premiers, festivals, large pool parties as well as private and corporate events to name a few. I have a love and appreciation for every type of music and I like to think that it shows through in my sets. I feel that is what is most important when playing, leaving a lasting impression on people. Leaving such an impression and continuing to do so takes practice, an open mind, and an ability to be observant. Learning when things don’t go your way and constantly working to better yourself and your craft are vital. When I started off djing, I had no idea that it would, or plan on it becoming my full time career. I did it out of pure enjoyment. Learning at home then branching out to playing friends house parties, then eventually getting booked locally at some of my favorite bars, then nightclubs, and it just continued to expand in to more prestigious events and venues around the country and even international. One of the most important aspects I feel that sets one apart is building and maintaining relationships. There are many djs out there that are just as good if not better than me, but I pride myself on being consistent, appreciative, grateful, continuing to have an open mind and always focussed on bettering myself. It is more than just being a great artist, it is important to strive to be a great person, the two go hand in hand. That is what I want FishFonics to be known for.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
There is so much to see and do in San Diego. Every neighborhood is unique and equally great to visit. North County beach cities, Pacific Beach, Downtown, North Park, Little Italy, and Normal Heights just to name a few. They are all great to walk around, explore, shop, eat, drink, and admire the huge murals on buildings that can surprise you around almost every corner! Being one to enjoy drinks and great food, I would definitely start in North County. You could spend an entire day just bouncing around downtown Encinitas. Taco shops, brewery tasting rooms, restaurants, and bars all just right on one street. Some of my faves: The Taco Stand, Home and Away, The Saloon and Shelter would be a solid day! You would have to let loose in Pacific Beach as well. Some of my favorite places to visit would be: Wokou Ramen, Mavericks, Shore Club, Ale House, and the infamous Thrusters Lounge! Downtown San Diego in the Gaslamp is always a must, everything from small bars to huge nightclubs, there is something for everyone. A night out would consist of stops at Bootlegger, El Chignon, Oxford Social Club, as well as Vin De Syrah. A coastal drive is always a must when visiting, From Oceanside down to the boarder, the view of the Pacific never gets old, especially at sunset!

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 have to shoutout my amazing girlfriend Ashley Mosel who has put up with me the last 6 years and opened me up to ideas and concepts I would have previously never considered. A big thanks to those that have helped me strive at what I do and pursue my passion as a dj, far too many to name but I appreciate everyone that has booked me, given me advise, and shared the knowledge they’ve gained: Party Naked, Sleeping Giant Music, The Music Trust just to name a few.

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