We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, how do you think about risk?
It is super important to take risks if you believe that the risk is something that will truly help you learn or grow in some way. My life would not be the same if I had not taken any risks. I have benefited from taking risks in my life in many ways. It has improved my relationships with people, boosted my confidence in my work, and increased my feeling of fulfillment with my work. Taking risks is an important part of music-making for me. I love the happy accidents that happen when I am trying something totally different than what I am used to. I often will put myself in “uncomfortable” situations just to see how my brain reacts and try to consciously learn about my own reactions in an attempt to grow. I have found all of these benefits to be direct results of risk-taking.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is a result of everything that I am inspired by just like any other creative. I draw inspiration from everyday life such as the colors outside, the sounds of birds/nature, talking to strangers, and tense situations just to name a few. I think what sets me apart from others is the range of music that I draw some influence from. I truly like to hear music of any genre throughout any time period. I just like to imagine if I was the person who wrote the song and how it would feel to write that. I enjoy studying the song structure, musicality, lyricism, and overall rhythm and feeling. I started producing music in 2016 on Garage Band mobile for the iPhone. I learned how to make beats and it was the coolest thing to me. Then I got FL Studio and I never looked back. I went back to college later that year and met some people who I still work with today. I am confident I was supposed to meet them when I did. The road to success is easy if you enjoy the work. I’ve learned that you can really get lost in doing work that you love and believe in. The most important thing to be a successful professional is to just be a good person. Treat people how you would like to be treated and wish for their success as you would wish for your own. I would like my story/brand to be remembered as something that had a positive impact somehow and somewhere. I want my music to be heard and enjoyed by many and I want to be a good example of succeeding in what you believe.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to the beach for sure. Then maybe some tacos el gordo or something good like that. I would show them some nice beaches and mountains around this area because there are a lot. I would love to take them to a concert if there happened to be one. I think Balboa Park is a a good place to spend a day too because there is so much to do there and nearby. Farmers market is another good one that I would take someone to whether its Ocean Beach, Little Italy, Pacific Beach, Hillcrest. Those are the main ideas I would offer to someone who is visiting.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shoutout plenty of people. I’m grateful to have a loving family who supports what I am pursuing. Shout out to my parents and my sister who exposed me to a lot of music early on in my life. I am blessed with an amazing girlfriend who keeps me grounded and makes sure I get time to experience things outside of producing. Shout out to our 2 dogs Mimi and Louie for being positive forces in our lives. Lastly, shout out to my good friends who are also talented producers. We keep each other inspired and help each other to move forward in the game.