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

Hi AD, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
At times we find ourselves feeling uncomfortable when working – whether your environment is too distracting, collaborators may not be on the same page, or the product is simply just not fulfilling. It can get really aggravating when it feels like your time is being consumed by a project that isn’t enjoyable. Although it is a privilege to be able to collaborate with others and share what I have to offer, but a healthy boundary must be imposed. The good thing about what I do is that a lot of my friends are involved as well. The unconditional support and patience I receive from them makes work not even feel like work. What makes me happy is being able to share my talents with people I know who genuinely care about me and encourage me to keep improving. It also brings me joy to see others doing what they want to do and having fun. Some folks are not honest with themselves or with others about how much they really enjoy what they do. I am grateful for my ability to step back from what I am doing and appreciate the process, reflect on how well things are going, and spread the love!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am proud of the amount of people I’ve been able to work with. A lot artists will put themselves in a box and try to perfect a certain sound or routine that works for them. Personally, when people ask me, “What type of music do you make?” it’s hard to answer that. I just make music. I will build off of whatever sounds good to me. It helps that I adapt very easily in varying work environments and I make sure to stay open minded just in case I like someone else’s idea better than mine. There is also so much music to be made, it’s hard to develop a niche when my taste is always changing. Not everything I make is for everyone, but I can definitely make anything for everyone.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you’re looking for a great sit down breakfast in the Hollywood Hills with an immaculate view of the city, I recommend the Griddle Cafe (switches to Yamashiro in the evening). Just south of Hollywood is Korea Town, home of the best authentic Korean / Asian fusion food. Some of my favorite spots there are Mr. Bossam (known for their cheese ribs – you’re welcome!) and the Bun Shop.
You keep driving southwest and you’ll find yourself at Wi Jammin in mid city (I don’t know a more poppin Jamaican spot in LA).
If you’re a vegan or have dietary restrictions, try out Simply Wholesome, a health shop / restaurant in Inglewood, or Honeybee Burger in Hollywood (in my opinion, the best vegan burgers in LA).
And if you ever find yourself going down the big Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks, you’ll come across Fat Tuesday – nobody does Creole cooking like them.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to anyone who has ever reached out in support of my passion! My guys that are always working with me and check in with me on the regular know who they are and know how much I appreciate them. My family as well, have shown constant support for anything I want to do. Shoutout to anyone whose believed in me and to anyone whose doubted me because I’m only going to keep growing.

Website: https://linktr.ee/adcinco

Instagram: instagram.com/a.d.cinco

Image Credits
Personal Portrait: Andy Harris @beyond.the.surface14 on IG DJ and Chain Photos: Cameron Reid @sixtrsh on IG Studio Photo: Ryan Toovi @ryshotitt on IG Nightlife Photo: @bsflickz on IG

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