We had the good fortune of connecting with Baz King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Baz, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Despite many attempts from my family to derail the internal drive to lead a creative life, my heart persevered. When I was confronted by the proposition, “Why don’t you work to make money now, and then after do what you want to do?”, that I came to realize the great lie told to society that we must suffer to be safe. The act of creativity is innately rewarding and is the fuel for the muses to sing louder into our ears. Not to say that I refuse to do what I don’t enjoy: admin work, taxes or cleaning the toilet. I am incredibly grateful that my days and energy can predominantly be directed towards making art, expressing emotions and providing an atmosphere to assist people process their own feelings. Being a creative is a role I am so honored to have, and I am so thankful that it provides me with all that I need to keep expanding and exploring.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is conceptually-inspired by Bobby Mcferrin, Keith Jarrett and life itself. Three are masters of improvisation. There is no sense before starting where the journey will lead, but eventually, it always ends up somewhere beautiful. This is the essence of each of the Aguto Rising flows or sound journeys – to take the listener from wherever they are, move with the wind, sing with the birds, cry with the rain, laugh in the fields and rest in a more peaceful place than the start.
The music whispers where it is heading, it’s on us to follow it or not, very much like our intuition guiding us towards our highest good, we can listen to it and be happy or follow immediate gratification and delay our happiness.
The process of making the Aguto Rising music has taught me that in order to be a good listener, you really have to spend intimate time being quiet. And it’s been proven to me time and again, from the silence wisdom arises.
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?
We would start by going to the beach for sunrise, Coral Beach north of Malibu. We’d see dolphins swimming by and say we need to get flippers so that we can join them next time. Then we’d head up Angeles National Forest to hike Chaney Trail.
For grub I’d show them Jewel in Silverlake for the cocomari tacos, and El Unico Pollo Taquero for the most bomb grilled chicken burritos. Coffee in the wilderness of Cafecito Organico and then see some live shows at The Bootleg, Hotel Cafe and see who’s playing at the Hollywood Bowl.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Elizabeth Guilliams, has been a champion of me and my creative energy since I met her. She holds such beautiful space, attention and honesty for anything I’ve shown her. It was for her meditation group that I did my first sound bath, that has since sent me down the hill like a rushing rapid heading for the ocean. Now I find myself making sound journey music each day with the biggest smile arising from within. Thanks, Elizabeth, for helping me find this happy place.