We had the good fortune of connecting with Kahlee Tre Dime and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kahlee, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance is key. When I first started making music, I put all my free time into creating and performing. Every year I would look at my progress and adjust based on different factors like what my contemporaries were doing. Now I’m a married home owner with 2 children and a good paying 9-5 job that I actually like. I have so many ideas, I’m to the point where my partner and I are strategically working towards executing them. Sometimes your passions can blur your peripheral, throwing everything off balance, so it’s important to constantly reassess your business and personal goals, as well as audit your time management and use of resources. I used to feel the pressure from people I worked with to complete tasks to which we disagreed on the importance of. If you can be in sync with your partners or team, that will maximize your return in all aspects.
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’ve always been a very self aware and analytical person which helps in a business where experience and mistakes are the best teacher. Being an artist and consumer is like participating in a focus group so we know what we do and do not like and try to provide that as a business. SD State of Mind comes from years of struggle in the arts and 9-5 work life. We want to show you our city from the perspective of the artists and businesses who keep it vibrant. Under the SDSM umbrella are Blogs, Podcasts, Live Events, YouTube shows, Creative Artists and more. We cover what we feel the people already love about San Diego while also pointing you to the jewels we feel are on the cusp of greatness. We’re here to listen to the city as well as provide guidance to our visitors in town looking for some fun, food and music.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In a perfect, summer, covid free week in San Diego we’d have time to experience a lot of what the city has to offer. -For Monday, we’ll stay close to home in Mira Mesa for the first night and have ramen from Menya Ultra then some drinks over at Green Flash down the street. -Tuesday morning we can go for a walk or run around Lake Mira Mar. On the way home, we’ll make a quick stop at the Farmers Market at Mira Mesa High School to grab some fruit and veggies for the week plus some sweets from Becca’s Treats. (They got some fire keto cookies too.) We’ll get a Cheese Board and Sandwiches from Venissimo at Liberty Station cause I’m fiending for a Bavarian, then end the night at Newtopia for some high quality, hard cider. -Wednesday, we’d probably need to reup on the cannabis supply, so we’re hitting up CLSICS for some Rosin infused pre-rolls. We can take an uber to La Jolla and have brunch at The Cottage on Fey and Kline. Best Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had. Then we’ll work off those carbs with walk down to the beach checking out the shops on the way starting with Thumb Print Gallery. Catch some waves and sun before heading home. At night we’re hitting up an SD State of Mind concert at U-31. Formerly know as #HipHopWEDS, they’re events are always good vibes, good drinks and good music. -Thursday we’re sleeping in… Wake up, grab some drive-thru and go to Shelter Island Pier for some fun times and easy fishing. That night we may need some real fish, so we absolutely must eat at Kokoro in Serra Mesa. Definitely some of the best sushi in San Diego. Drinks at Realm of 52 Remedies. I love this cool speak easy in Kearny Mesa. They have great drinks and a dark mysterious vibe. -Friday, We’d grab some breakfast from ATypical Waffle in North Park and we gotta get the Number Seven, Waffle with Candied Bacon, Avocado and Goat Cheese crumbles. After that we’ll cruise over to Coffee and Tea Collective to get our caffeine fix. Later in the day we’d hit up Ocean Beach with some friends. Lunch at It’s Raw Poke Shop for the best fresh poke in San Diego and real traditional Hawaiian food. The spicy ahi is on tap, but we’re really in for a treat if they have Ox Tail Stew and Spicy Langostino. After that, we can walk around a bit before hitting the beach to snatch up a fire pit and end the night with a bonfire. -Saturday morning we’re going for a hike up to Potato Chip Rock to sweat off some of that vacation week. Now that our minds are a bit clearer, we’re gonna hit up an Escape Room in Mira Mesa called Mind Fox. The Black and White Cafe was amazing so I know the arcade room’s gonna be a fun challenge. For dinner we’re going to Common Theory for craft beers and some amazing food. Delicious burgers, duck fat fries with an over easy egg and buffalo cauliflower. -Sunday is the last day. Next time we’ll be sure to head over to El Dorado to catch DJ Aristic and Mr. Hek get it in. Or Winston’s to catch a great Reggae Band. Charter a boat for some big fishing for visit a Balboa Park Museum. We’ll check out the Zoo, a shooting range, the Cabrillo Light House, Torrey Pines there’s so much to do. Let’s just grab some campechanas and tacos from Mariscos El Prieto Taco Truck in Chula Vista and chill out before my friend has to catch his flight home. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are a few people who keep me motivated and inspired, but by far my wife gets the shout out. She’s the amazing, beautiful, hustler type. Having a strong successful wife is one of many things that keeps me motivated to succeed myself.
Artwork created by Kahlee at Graftwork Print. Photo was taken by #HipHopWEDS Staff