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

Hi Michael, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe that some calculated risk is a must if you are going to move ahead in most businesses or any endeavor. I always thought that I had to be very careful so as not to make mistakes that could cause serious damage to myself in the future. This way of thinking was shaped by growing up poor in a housing project on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, NYC. However; the upside of this life in NYC was the availability of almost anything. Culture, diversity of racial and socioeconomic groups and all the other things too lengthy to mention that come with a unique place like NYC. Living in such close proximity to very the poor and the very wealthy you can see lifestyles, strategies and belief systems play out right before your eyes so; this is very valuable and you can see success and failure in real time. It’s amazing. To sum up this whole idea; I took the approach of always having a more than 1 iron in the fire. I felt more comfortable with this strategy.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a DJ. I began in 1974 and by 1979 I got my first nightclub job at a venue in NYC’s meatpacking district called “Hellfire”. I was 17 years old but I always tried to carry myself in a mature and serious way without being too rigid. Of course; living in NYC was perfect for me with the music industry and nightlife scene at my fingertips, all I had to do was get out there and be persistent and surely good things would materialize for me. I really loved this scene so it was easy for me because I was genuine. I took my craft and my image very seriously and I always looked for ways to improve upon that. Believe me; I wasn’t perfect or the best but I had the desire, drive and mainly discipline which I believe is half of the battle. The combination of my dedication to the craft and reliability is the reason why I had good career.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I just had a few friends visit so this is easy. Of course you take them to the historic Gaslamp district with it’s many bars, restaurants and nightclubs. La Jolla, Mission Beach and O.B. are fantastic as well. Recently I was at La Valencia Hotel (La Jolla), The Lafayette Hotel, Great Maple, The Office, El Comel & Swammi’s (Northpark), The Pentry Hotel (Gaslamp) Barley Mash, Cowboy Steak house, Neighborhood, Breakfast Republic, Corner Chicken, Brigatine Seafood, Sevilla, Bang Bang Nightclub, Bootleggers Bar, Prohibition Lounge, Rustic Root, Top of the Hyatt, Quartyard (Marina, east village and seaport areas) also Richie’s & Gossip Girl in Hillcrest were great. We can’t leave SD without going to The Zoo and Balboa Park so I guess it’s a pretty well rounded good time.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people that influenced me in a positive way. My sister Dolores and her husband Scott, my friend William that taught me how to be a DJ in 1974, David Mancuso (owner of The Loft), DJ Oscar P who encouraged me to visit him in San Diego and is the reason why I live here today. Authors Chris Hedges, Charles Murray and Walter Lippman have written books that have given me insight on how people and societies operate as well.

Website: djmiketbrown.com

Instagram: instagram.com/djmiketbrown

Facebook: facebook.com/djmiketbrown

Other: soundcloud.com/djmiketbrown

Authors: Jordan Peterson
People deserving credit: Justin Navalle & Eric Medina (Quartyard, San Diego)
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