We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Holmes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mike, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Everything in life is a risk to some degree. Spending your time on certain things means you wont have time for others, and deciding what you want to pursue may require you to sacrifice other opportunities. As long as you have a mindset that lets you grow and learn from the decisions you make you can navigate risks you take with confidence. As far as what risks are involved in being a musician, for me it’s been an investment in myself. Everything from equipment to the time I spend away from my “day job” could be considered a risk, however being able to create and express myself freely is worth it to me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think the aspect of my music that I take pride in is my ability to be vulnerable. I’m certainly reserved in person but I use my music as an opportunity to really open up to the listener and give them a window into myself. I love this because when people tell me they connect with a song I really feel like they’re connecting with me and understanding me. It certainly hasn’t been an easy journey, there’s tons of second guessing and self doubt involved. I think art in our society a lot of times gets tied to business, marketing, and so many other things to the point where its easy to lose sight of what you’re truly trying to accomplish. When you measure your success by some type of number like the money that you’re making or a certain number of streams, likes, followers etc. No matter how much you gain there’s always a bigger number, there’s always people with more than you, and it’s very easy to compare yourself and feel inadequate. To me I started this to learn more about myself and share my feelings with others. As long as I’m able to do that everything else will fall into place.
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?
That’s a tough question, I suppose it depends on the person. I’d say generally you’re gonna want to take advantage of the beautiful weather here and do some things outdoors. San Diego’s also a great beer city so we’d definitely be checking out some breweries, my favorites are Pure Project and Modern Times. We’d also have to catch a Padre game at Petco Park. Even if you aren’t a baseball fan it’s a beautiful ballpark with great food and the team is exciting to watch.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to give a shoutout to a subreddit called r/makinghiphop . I stumbled upon it when I first started making music and eventually made my way into a community there. They’d host weekly contests I’d enter, and would regularly give me feedback on songs and ideas I had. I’ve met a lot of friends and collaborators from all over the US and even in some cases overseas. It’s also been cool watching some people from that community grow and find success as musicians. I don’t use it much anymore but it was definitely a huge resource for me when I was starting and helped me gain confidence in sharing my art with people.
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