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

Hi Luii, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
First, it was hard to select a question for this! Although, if I had to choose a reason why I decided to pursue an artistic or creative career, it would narrow down to the simple reason that it’s something I’ve always found an interest in since I can remember, In one way or another it’s always been something I’ve been involved in more specifically in the music side of things. It’s started with Los Tigres Del Norte since it was one of my mom’s favorite Regional Mexican music. Around 5th, I started listening to Banda and I wanted to play the clarinet since Banda El Recodo’s main instrument was the clarinet. They didn’t have any left at school so I went with the bass clarinet. Around 7th grade, I was exposed to English music, and wow! It changed me! I still loved Spanish music but listening to music in another language that was also a huge part of who I was basically solidified that it was something I wanted to do. When I heard musicians from different upbringings and languages be able to convey how they felt and it resonates with me, it made it very clear it’s what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. whether making art or admiring someone else’s work, I want to be a part of it.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an artist/musician or whatever title fits appropriately, host a podcast called The Kick It Podcast as well as being part of a multimedia studio with Victor V and JT Aktiv. It hasn’t been easy getting to where we are professionally, it takes capital as well as being able to take the risk to actually pursue it. The most challenging thing I faced is myself. I know it sounds cliche, but it’s true. Doubt and overthinking can stop a creative person’s train in its track We’re c.onstantly deep in our thoughts and emotions than any project we take a part of is very personal close to the heart which makes us strive for what our idea of perfection is and sometimes it leads to overthinking or shutting down of the creative process. What I want people to know about our brand is this, we’re here to help you explore and unlock all your creative thoughts and processes whether it’s from music to video, to photography or podcasting, we’d be happy to help.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Man, some of my favorite spots in the city, that’s a hard one! Maxdon’s Pub, it’s hands down my favorite bar in Oceanside. Great pool tables, bartenders and drinks! Another spot would be Oceanside Brewing Company. It has an awesome atmosphere, live music, and some of the best craft beer I’ve ever had and they encourage mixing their brew!

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 want to give a shoutout to my parents, first of all, I’ve been blessed with two parents that were understanding and supportive of any path I take, and also for keeping me on a straight arrow. I can only imagine how much of a headache they had dealing with a smart-ass like me. Also a shoutout to my homie’s Victor V and JT Aktiv, whom I started with when it comes to making our own music and projects. We know have our own little studio and it’s a step closer to doing what we want. Shoutout to anyone who has supported us in our endeavors can’t do it without y’all!

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Image Credits
Victor Villa

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