We had the good fortune of connecting with drummer/DJ Lis Viegas and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lis, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
I believe this question is important for any career or business. The most important thing I’ve learned is to always be yourself. We are all unique individuals and the more you embrace being yourself, the more you’ll be connected and aligned with what you want to achieve – especially if you’re an artist or musician.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I spoke on this topic earlier. What sets anyone apart from others is being yourself. That is something I strive to embrace is being myself on and off the stage or artist spotlight. The most beautiful part about being an artist is that learning and growing is continuously evolving. Certain moments in the past it was most definitely hard and as I look back now, I learned that its all apart of the process. Everything leads you to where you are meant to be. COVID changed the platform of live performance. During this pandemic I’ve been producing my own original music which has been a huge but wonderful learning experience for me. I am really looking forward to putting out some original music.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ll answer this question pre-covid… Monday- Beach Day! Tuesday – I would hit up taco Tuesday at City Tacos in North Park then head to the blues jam at Patrick’s downtown. On Wednesday, I would hike Cowle’s Mountain, get an açaí bowl from Señor Mangos in North Park then go to the blues jam at Prohibition downtown, after the jam, I’d go to Gaslamp pizza for some late night grub. Thursday I’d hang out around Hillcrest and walk around all the fun bars, shops, restaurants around that neighborhood – Friday same thing. And in advance I’d check the live music schedule for shows at Music Box, The Observatory, Winstons, The Holding Company, Belly Up and House of Blues. Sunday of course I’d go to the Hillcrest Farmers Market.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shoutout to the Grand Artique. The Grand Artique is a collective of curators, performers, builders, recyclers that can conceptualize, consult and create for any type of project or experience. They are San Diego based and have stages at festivals such as Lightning in a Bottle, Electric Forest and involvement in the Burning Man Community. Through the Grand Artique I have met and performed with artists such as Beats Antique, Balkan Bump, Datura and Vokab Kompany. I’d also like to give a shout out to my most recent cymbal partnership with Red Cymbals based in Australia. Together we created a line of cymbals called ‘Glow’ catered to the sound I crave for the music I play. https://www.redcymbals.com

Website: www.lisonthedrums.com
Instagram: @lisonthedrums
Youtube: https://youtu.be/rXOU-pSZnHg
Other: I’d very much appreciate some Youtube Subscribers as I am working on building that platform and also open to donations on my website or Venmo: @LisViegas PayPal: lisonthedrums@gmail.com Thanks!

Image Credits
Collin Worrel Will Stockwell Patrick Everrett

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