We had the good fortune of connecting with Action Paxton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Action, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
In 2004 I opened a recording studio in Oakland, CA called Nexus Audio. The initial reason for me opening the studio was a means to an end. I wanted to record music with my band and create my own art without having to pay for studio time. Well that happened but over the years it began to consume me. For the next 15 years I spent my time wearing every hat in my business. All my time was spent there improving the working environment, mixing/recording songs for clients, dealing with accounting, trying to grow my business, among many other tasks. Meanwhile I wasn’t putting out any of my own music. This is not how it was supposed to play out!
In Sept 2020, I decided it was time for change. I packed up the essentials and moved to LA…. Don’t worry I didn’t get rid of my studio. It is still thriving in the Bay Area. This single choice improved my life exponentially. By removing myself from being the face of the business, more opportunity came to the younger engineers that are working out of my studio today. No being emotionally invested in every project gave me room to become a better leader and time to go back to the “Why”. Now I have time on my hands to work on my own Art and also experience life for what it is! I haven’t perfected this by any means, these still plenty of work to do and I still probably say YES to to many things but it’s going in the right direction.
I believe Americans as a whole have an unhealthy view with work. It’s really easy to let important moments in life pass by just because you feel you have to work. I understand there’s some opportunities that wont be there forever and you need to seize the moment but be selective on where you spin your wheels. Work will always be there, you can always make more money. The one thing you can’t get more of is time. Make sure you spend it wisely!
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.
In one word my art is eclectic. From a branding perspective that is not what you want. I’ve played with or produced for a wide range of artist across all musical genres. as a result, it was really hard to define myself as an artist. Some of these groups didn’t align exactly with how I aspire to move through life. Overtime I removed myself from situations that weren’t providing value to my life or others.
Now days my scope has got a little smaller, more focused yet still eclectic. I’m embracing the variety of styles that I create and re-enforcing to people that you never know what your going to get from me. Never put me in a box because I won’t be there when you check on me next.
I want the world to see me as someone who can empower others to take the leap of faith and follow their dreams. Someone that uses the vehicle of music to experience life, to understand different cultures and perspectives. If my music can bring people together for a shared experience that creates a lifetime of empathy, compassion and open-mindedness then I’ve done my job.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m still new to L.A so I’m hoping someone read this and wants to show me around! I’ve been stuck in my house for the past 6 months in LA (happily) making music and hanging with my awesomely talented and cool roommates making music. I really enjoy riding my bike down to Venice. There’s tons of good people watching. I do know where the best tacos are in the World! They are right near the corner of Venice and La Brea (not Taco Bell) but at Silver’s Tacos. It’s a little stand on the side of the road, don’t let it fool you! Everyone needs this in their life, follow him @SilversTacos 😉
4902 Venice Blvd. LA
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s so many people that have helped me on my Journey. Too many to list and I don’t want to play favorites but I do have to give my parents a huge shout out for always encouraging me to do what make me happy and teaching me how to be a good human.
Leah Marie Photography