We had the good fortune of connecting with Abby Posner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abby, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I have always put my music first, but it becomes a little complicated when music is not only my work/job, it is my life and bloodline. So whether I am making money creating music or not, I would still have to do it every day in order to truly feel alive. I do feel like it is important to have another outlet that supports my creativity and enhances it in its own unique way. For me that is riding my bike, and getting outside, taking breaks from producing and resting my ears from time to time. I always get more ideas and inspirations while I am riding my bike.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a musician that can’t seem to commit to one thing in the music industry. I play in bands, tour, write for sync/TV placements, compose music for films, and I am a producer. I have always wanted to fully immerse myself in the music word. I learned how to play many different instruments while I studied music at CalArts, and I enjoy writing for a wide variety of genres. I am completely addicted to music, and I always want to learn more, push myself, and continue to push the boundaries within musical genres and theory. I also teach private music lessons on zoom for piano, banjo, mandolin, guitar, drums, piano and production/protools.
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?
well…this is a tricky question because of COVID. So in a COVID world, I would take my friends to the ocean in Malibu (El Matador), or hiking up Will Rogers/ Temescal. In a world where there is no COVID, I would always take them to Hotel Cafe (one of my favorite venues to perform at) or to see live jazz at the Baked Potato.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give a lot of credit to my mindfulness practice, and the mentors I have met along the way in the insight meditation world. One of my all time favorite books is called When Things Fall Apart – By Pema Chodron (an ordained buddhist nun) This book taught me to accept life as it comes, and embrace impermanence in an open hearted curious way.
Other: Abby and The Myth (indie folk band) Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6xVwGm2k73HaUcfbBkaJLE?si=wPkAX0oFS_69srQ9EOFkAg
banjo photo by CBC Photography and black and white photos by Rollence Patugan