We had the good fortune of connecting with Nate Burlakovsky and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nate, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I am inspired by music and artistic influences that challenge existing norms! I typically gravitate towards music that is dynamic. This means that a song doesn’t have to be one way; it can start fast, slow down, build back up, and crescendo all in one. No boundaries. In fact, mixing up the formula is what keeps it fresh for us. Each song is a new puzzle, progression, or technique, learned and applied.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets me apart from other musicians is that I music is not my job! I work in the medical field and always planned on having music be my passion/hobby. If I can keep the money out of music then I can make my own decisions and I’m not limited creatively! If only venues and booking agents could stop pushing us to sell pre-sales! Wishful thinking
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?
1. Balboa Park: It’s full of architecture, nature, and performers! 2. JV’s Taco Shop: Some of the biggest and best burritos in town. I’m a regular! 3. Cowles Mountain: Fun hike with an amazing view. I can’t count how many times I’ve done it. 4. Kate Sessions Park-nuff said.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My biggest shout out would have to go to my dad Sam Burlakovsky. Before he passed, he was a successful classical musician that taught me to practice with a metronome, play with finesse, and make my guitar sing! My fondest memory with him was catching him sneak into my room to critique my playing at 2 AM. That, or getting him hooked on a new song that we’d play 10x in a row on a car ride. Another major influence is my close friend, and band mate Alex Padilla. Alex and I really progressed our playing over the years. We love a lot of the same bands, so it makes writing easier. He’s definitely the most diligent, and straight up practiced guitarists I know. It’s been a privilege to share guitar techniques and discoveries along the way.