We had the good fortune of connecting with Allee Futterer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Allee, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
I am probably way too comfortable with taking risks. As I get older, I am slightly more risk-averse, but I don’t think you get anywhere by playing it safe all the time. I try to avoid “stupid decisions” and give lots of thought to the things that I make riskier plays on. When I strictly play it safe my mental psyche and goals suffer so I always try to find a balance between risky immediate plans and long term goals.
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.
With out sounding too smug, I try to use my moral compass as a guide for all my decisions but especially with who I work for/with and where I spend money. This has it obvious limitations as an artist but it leaves me feeling confident about the people I surround myself with. There are all kinds of challenges that wouldn’t be done justice on paper; regular self doubt, anxiety about the future, anticipating how a release will be perceived etc. Being a musician in any facet is hard work but also such a blessing. I love the variety involved in a week (pre-covid), you get to work with people from all over the world and with various backgrounds and upbringings. On a micro level, besides the actual music, that was the most fun aspect of the Community Arts Project. Having 70 musicians and visual artists from all over the world was a challenge to navigate but great to be reminded just how small our international community is.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Oh, I’m a great tour guide! This is my favorite game but I hope they like eating because that’s all we are going to do and we are definitely skipping Hollywood all together. -Mh Zh, Silver Lake – Gosh I hope they make it through this pandemic. I love how unpretentious and low key this restaurant is. All their ingredients are incredibly fresh, their prices are fair and the food is incredible. Wood fired everything forever. -Doubting Thomas, HiFi – Noami is a boss. First of all love a lady chef and business owner. Second, everything on their menu is killer. She takes “typical LA” items and adds a personal touch that makes all the items so unique. Passionfruit Pie & Doubtless burrito are a must. -Loupiotte Kitchen, Los Feliz – Another lady owned gem. Such attention to detail and an authentic french menu, perfect croissants and -Angelo & Vinci’s, Fullerton – We would go to my hometown, hang out a park, get coffees, hopefully go to the Thursday Farmer’s Market and then we’d hit A & V’s. It’s owned by my god mother and her late husband was an actor/dancer he was in a few of the Godfather films and the Italian themed restaurant is packed with movie set props and delicious lasagna. It’s a vibe. -The Varnish, DTLA – I used to play at this amazing gem in DTLA and I still love it. It’s in the historic Pacific Electric Building at 6th & Main. An original speakeasy, it is behind the original Greene & Greene office. They have amazing music and stay true to the old world style of service and dedication to their craft. Hint: order the Dominicana or a Penicillin -Fish Tacos @ Baja Fish Taco’s, Newport Beach- First of all not “baja fresh” but Baja Fish tacos and specifically the 19th Street location. Blackened Salmon tacos let’s gooooooo. -Best Fish Tacos of Ensenada, Los Feliz- A very different experience from Baja Fish Taco’s but I think the best fish tacos in LA. Tommy Bahama Bar in Palm Springs for a Pina Colada because when in Rome… Other honorable mentions: Bar Ama (DTLA), Lola’s (Retro Row, DTLA) Badmaash, Le Petit Paris, Amara Cafe It this getting boring? I can keep going…
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The success career of a creative is really a result of the community they surround themselves with. In the arts we all depend on our relationships to progress our path’s. As a musician my career has been greatly supported by hundreds of friends, teachers, bands, venues and of course, family. Our community has clearly been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and setting up Community Arts Project was initially cathartic project that I created to keep my community inspired and engaged. It turned out to be a much bigger task that I anticipated and I would not have been able to pull it off with out the help of Ryan Vaughn (Backline Creative), Phil Woods (Attorney at Law) and Vydia.
Anna Azarov Becca Beberaggi Rick Schank Allee Futterer