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

Hi Axl, how do you think about risk?
Risks are the career. Simply making the decision of starting a path in any artistic environment is a big risk. We all feel the need to express ourselves with art. Anybody who invests the time and energy into any form of art will eventually end up producing a piece that communicates an idea. Which is why it so hard to make a living out of a skill that everybody can develop.

I think there are people that make risk part of their lives on a daily basis. Every decision represents a risk. Even the tiniest choices that may seem harmless to our near future open a door and close another one constantly. I’ve learned that once you adapt to this way of thinking that’s exactly when you start achieving the results that you were expecting in the first place.

Artists have this skill as their main fuel to everyday life. When was the last time that missing your nightshift to make it to your bar gig wasn’t a risk? Or postponing work meetings because you had to rehearse for your theater show? Writers investing 90% of their week in their own novels and 10% in their work reports. The choice is always ours, regardless of who you are or what you do. You will always have to make a choice that leaves you saying “What might have been?”.

I’m not going to say that artists are happier because that would be a lie. But people who ignore the fear that risk injects into our lives have far more chances to express themselves freely in any way they want.

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.
Boredom has a roll in my art. I try to avoid it all cost. I started as a drummer and developed a very energetic way of playing. Having that sweet balance between keeping a good musical performance with a steady tempo and precision in technique but also not giving up any opportunities to fill the visuals with excitement and tricks like throwing sticks, jumping around and so on. At some point in my life I started singing and wanted to get closer and more intimate with the words I was saying so… I felt trapped behind the drum set. That’s when I started to shift to leading a band as a frontman. After boredom hit again asking for a new way of keeping things interesting I decided to explore with ukulele as my main instrument in front of the band. Leading to me having many attempts to mutate the regular acoustic mellow Hawaiian guitar to a hybrid with an electric teenage punk guitar.

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?
I haven’t been in Los Angeles for that long, but in my recent 4 months of residence here I have made The Mint LA in Pico Blvd my favorite spot to play in the city. I would definitely go there to check out new music acts on a weekend night. I have stayed in the circle of underground last minute parties that come up through just friends around the valley area.

Regarding food, I’ve become a fan of açai bowls and any street tacos that I could run in the way are definitely a target.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My dad, Miguel Angel Aldama Martinez, deserves a big shoutout for any accomplishments in my life. He is the most important factor in the way things have turned out for me and how I chose to live my life. Starting from the fact that he is a musician himself and has always supported financially and emotionally every opportunity that keeps me close to music.

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Image Credits
Berklee College Of Music

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