We had the good fortune of connecting with AJ Fructuoso and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi AJ, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I see risk as a necessary component of growth. I’ve discovered that it is necessary to place myself completely outside of where I feel comfortable in order to effectively pursue my full potential.
Through experience, I consider it best practice to make choices instinctively and passionately, All of our decisions are reactions to various risks. They come together to form the unique and the abstract that is our artistic identity.
I believe that every musician has the ability to follow the same virtues of instinct, while at the same time exuding a sense of vulnerability, like, “I became this, because the risks that this world showed me influenced my decisions and shaped my personality. I hope my music shapes yours”.
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.
I work as a Technical Support Engineer or Focusrite Novation Inc. based in El Segundo, and I am most proud of the fact that my career aligns almost seamlessly with my art. Everyday I help people set up and troubleshoot their studios, breaking down barriers to creativity for our global consumer base.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m going to run through this. The first place we go will be Joshua Tree to climb some rocks and find ourselves. Then we’re going to Huntington beach to have a bonfire. If they’re up for it, I know a bike trail that will take us from my front door to Long beach and back, 70 miles. Can’t forget to have a full day in Malibu. We’re definitely going to Disneyland to spend ALOT of money because whatever, why not. K-town for a Karaoke Bar and hot pot, Arts District for a beer and Wurstkuche, Westwood for a movie at the Fox Bruin Theater. The Valley for a Taco Truck. WHEREVER KOGI’S TACOS IS PARKED THAT DAY. Little Tokyo for Ramen and Sushi. San Gabriel for Newport Seafood Restaurant. Rowland Heights for Dim Sum. A Hike in Arcadia. missing ALOT, but whatever.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout out to my family and friends
They have always been there for me, especially my parents and my sisters. They had to put up with my noise ever since I started singing and playing music.
They are not only the reason I am a musician, they are the reason why I feel SUCCESSFUL.
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