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

Hi Benito, what do you want your legacy to be?
I want to be remembered as fearless. Perhaps it is only my personal perception but I feel like there is this invisible veil of “logical” or “acceptable” possibilities when it comes to decision making. Not to be too philosophical, but I have been questioning the reasoning behind why we make the decisions we make. I noticed that often times it is the one that is most convenient and especially most comfortable. In my own personal life I often times find myself stuck when it comes to deciding which path to take. Lately I’ve been analyzing myself and I noticed that when faced with an opportunity I tend to imagine/visualize the worst possible outcome. Perhaps it is just a survival mechanism but there is no way of knowing unless it is explored. Of course it can be scary pushing one’s self into uncharted waters but what are the true odds of a negative outcome? Once that limit of fear is broken, in hindsight, it’s clear that it is the only way to see true growth in character and confidence. That being said, if that negative (imagined) outcome does come about, there’s proof to self of being able to handle difficult situations. The biggest motivation for continuing to push my own boundaries is the intent of inspiring others to also push theirs.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a bit all over the place when it comes to my art. My favorite mediums are music and videography but I also dabble in photography and graphic design. In addition to my own personal projects, I offer all of my services freelance at a lower budget so I can give back to the community.

I grew up in a rough area of Chicago’s Westside. Being an only child, I spent most of my youth alone which allowed me to spend most of my time in my own head. I naturally used my creativity as a way to pass the time, for example, I loved illustration and writing short stories. As I got older, my friends and I started rapping and we realized we needed beats because we couldn’t afford to lease or buy other’s. This forced me to begin focusing on way more such as music theory, production, mixing, mastering, etc. Once we got the music down, we realized we needed visuals. Working on a budget, we purchased cameras and learned how to edit music videos and take photos. We also needed album art and flyers for shows so this forced me to learn graphic design. Thank God for YouTube!

The lack of resources forced a DIY mentality which allowed me to take full control of my own art. The skillsets I developed now allow me to express myself in whichever medium I see best for when ideas come to me. To be honest, I was diagnosed with ADHD at a young age and was prescribed amphetamines which I refused to take. As an adult I realized the benefit to this is that, while I am all over the place, my mind is free to be creative. When I moved to LA I was able to meet with like-minded individuals and this has been an enormous blessing in terms of taking production to a higher level.

Currently I am working on a full length Hip-Hop album (which will be released later this year) and a series of larger production comedy skits. In addition to my time consuming projects, I really enjoy making memes and sh*t-posting on social media because I still have the humor of a 12 year old. I think there is a belief, especially for artists, that they have to paint a picture of this fictional narrative to better sell their brand. While it probably does work, I think its way more enjoyable to just have fun with it and photoshop glamour shots of me with my cat.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting from out of town the first place for food we would go would be to Fat Sal’s for one of their obnoxious sandwiches. On a different day I would also recommend J BBQ in K-Town for Asian, Los Cinco Puntos in East LA, and Hollywood Pies on Pico for pizza.

For coffee I would recommend Philz or Tierra Mia. For bars we would have to bar hop down Sunset in Echo Park and be sure to go to Short Stop and Bar Flores or go to DTLA and hit up Las Perlas or La Cita.

I would also be sure to take them to some of my favorite spots for chilling and views such as Elysian Park, Echo Park Lake and Mulholland Drive. For more views outside of LA proper we would definitely have to go to PV, take the PCH north and cut through Malibu Creek. It would also be important to actually go to the beach in Hermosa.

For fun I would recommend to head to Santee Alley with some cash for some knock-off designer clothes or even hike up to Griffith Park through Fern Dell.

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 partner Vanessa. She is my go-to for all my projects and endeavors because she always provides a creative insight I was unable to recognize myself. It’s rare to find someone so unselfish that they’re willing put their all into making other’s lives more enjoyable and fruitful.

Website: www.benitomarlowproductions.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/benitomarlow

Facebook: www.facebook.com/benitomarlow

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZy5EE8UQUDhGZpfuTp4m5w

Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4-m8JF55Tfj7seCTBYphsg

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