We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin DelMastro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kevin, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I feel that my success is from providing people with a feeling, a unique memory, and soliciting emotional connections to the experience of having me serenade them with live sax music. That really hits people and the impact is long-lasting. Helping people make memories is really what I’m proud of.
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.
People often tell me that my music is just so easy to listen to. I handpick soundtracks for each job, based on conversations with clients. I like to cater to the crowd in terms of music selection and how much jazz or pop sounds I inject into my version of the cover songs. But the #1 thing I love to do is interact with the crowd as I play. I’m often described as an entertainer, rather than a musician, since I try to put on a memorable show. Luckily it comes naturally, as I’m an extrovert and enjoy hamming it up and wowing the crowd by playing on my back or other tricks.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is actually a real-life situation, as I have old friends come from the East Coast to visit me in sunny San Diego! I love to take them to La Jolla Cove to see the seals and the beautiful coastline. My friend Gary Wolfson owns Bunny Chow which is a restaurant in the Cove that features “a taste of South Africa.” The curries and pirri pirri chicken are delicious! Other go-to spots are Balboa Park, Little Italy, Coronado and the boardwalk around Mission Bay and Mission Beach. I like to find out if my friends are into casual or fine dining, a hole in the wall or crafty drinks, and entertainment. San Diego has something for everyone, and now that I’ve lived in the city for 20 years I have lots of ideas!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Girl power! The triumvirate of my wife, my daughter and my mom have been instrumental in my growth. My wife supports me so much, even when I’m out late for shows. My daughter inspires me by dancing to my music and even joining me at the San Diego Mardi Gras parade– she was in a hiking carrier on my back while I marched and played! My mom has been my sounding board for many things, including my business. She gives me marketing ideas and even promotes me when at restaurants. But probably the biggest thing is my wife and mother pushing me to do more, raise my rates, telling me I’m worth it and can do it. Sometimes I need that push.
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