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

Hi Ken, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m from Los Angeles. I was raised in the SFV in the (late) 60s and 70s and I cut my ‘adult’ teeth in the 80s. L.A. then was relatively egalitarian, at least more than it is now. All class of folks hung out with each other. We all went to public school. It influenced how you looked at and interacted with society. For me personally that affected how I appreciated ‘culture’ from art to food. I’m a musician and my dad was musician. In our house it was mostly Jazz and Classical fare but outside, at school and at other kid’s houses, it was pretty much all rock and roll. And that’s how I am today. No particular preference, no particular affiliation.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a freelance guitar player. One of the things that sets me apart or at least keeps me working is that I’m good at understanding (and interpreting) what another artist wants and needs for their project, be it recording or live, even if they don’t know. Being able to do that is not a question of easy or difficult. It’s about paying attention to your art. You have to pay a lot of attention. In order to do this you have to love it and the process of paying attention. Currently and due to the pandemic I have (as have many musicians) re-aligned my focus to be able to record and deliver professional, high quality parts remotely at home.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Grand Central Market, little Tokyo, Malibu, the Venice Boardwalk and SM Pier for real “LA” type scenery. San Gabriel and Boyle Heights for some specific cuisine. *Food all over LA is fantastic so we’d be eating and drinking everywhere … and non stop. Griffith Park Observatory. A hike in La Canada or Alta Dena. Possibly a trip to Joshua Tree. The Jewel City Bowl in Glendale. Farmers Market (3rd and Fairfax), the Tar Pits and then a drink at the Kibbutz Room in Canter’s or Molly Malones. The Broad and the Autry museums.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents. As I mentioned, my dad was a musician and both my mother and father were school teachers. Education was always paramount but they were never elitist or biased regarding what I read and studied or what I listened to. Hermann Hesse, Jeff Beck and Hunter S. Thompson get an honorable mention.

Website: www.kenlasaine.com
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