We had the good fortune of connecting with Bobby Mota and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bobby, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I think about balance a lot. It is such an important aspect in life that i think people overlook all the time. Growing up my father was big on this. It started off as “son if you don’t have balance you’ll fall over” looking back now this is such a blanket statement. As time goes on I started taking on more responsibility; college, sports, friends, work, etc. It became clear to me that if i could not balance these i would definitely “fall over” whether that be due to fatigue from sports, hanging out with my friends too much, missing school because of work or vice versa. Although my focus now is balancing work and life with music. Being a music creative is definitely one of those things you can get sucked into for hours on end. We are all trying to perfect our craft but that doesn’t mean you can’t stop and smell the roses along the way. Balance to me is listening to your body and mind, they will tell you when it is time to break or even take a day off. I think a lot of times people take on this grind mentality where you work countless hours, days, even weeks, I even fall victim to that mindset. But I learned that this takes a toll on not only your mental health but physical health as well. In the end I strategize on work life balance by evaluating my priorities and remaining grounded.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I went to a trade school called The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS). There I learned how to become an audio engineer. Before this I was studying business at a local community college, I quickly realized i did not want to pursue that career path. I had started to make music while attending community college, this inspired me to start looking at different careers in the audio industry. I knew i always had a love for music and being on the technical side sounded right up my alley. Once i graduated from CRAS I moved out to LA and quickly got an internship at a studio. This was a big deal at least for me because i had never lived anywhere else besides Arizona, I had no friends or family in California. I was home sick for a while, being in the big city by myself was scary. It was such a change of pace compared to AZ. It wasn’t until i started forming relationships at the studio that i began to feel more comfortable. What really helped me overcome these challenges was seeing or hearing other peoples stories on how they became successful. You have to be willing to persevere and take big risks. I have definitely learned a lot so far. You have to be hungry (in terms of getting work). I thought i would be able to just sit around and work would magically float my way but that just isn’t the case. Networking and building your brand is a huge part of becoming successful. Normally i am a shy person but working in the music industry has brought me out of my shell and turns out i love it. Along with being an audio engineer I also make my own music, as well as produce music for other people. My artist name is LV4U which is short for Love For You, the name randomly came to me when i was talking to my fellow producer/best friend Andre Samuel about artist names. I have been working really hard to get this LV4U project going and I am so excited to finally be sharing my music to the world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First things first we are hitting up Kluckin Chicken on Melrose, that is my favorite hot chicken place to eat ever. Then while we are in the area we can take a stroll and walk by paramount pictures. After that we can go past the Hollywood walk of fame. To wrap up the first day we’ll go and get drinks at the Dark Horse Tavern in Tarzana. Personally Manhattan beach is my favorite so we could definitely make a day out of that. Next on the list would be the Santa Monica. The Pier and Third street Promenade, both places with just great energy and so much to do. There are a couple breweries in Thousand Oaks that are amazing, one of them being Ladyface Brewery and other is Tarantula Hill Brewing Co. Also a lot of good places to eat in the area like the Lure Fish House. I had some of the best Oysters I have ever had there. I am a huge baseball fan so catching a dodgers game would for sure be on the itinerary. Now live music is coming back, there are a ton of great venues to catch shows at like the Roxy or Hollywood Bowl. LA is also filled with great lookouts, there is one in particular that is my favorite located on Topanga. Gives you great views of the valley which is where i live! Hopefully my best friend would be able to stay longer, it is hard to experience this great city in just a week!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would first like to shoutout my parents. They have been so supportive of my dream and helped me through all the ups and downs. When I told them I wanted to pursue a career in the music industry, they did not hesitate to help me find the right path. All the support I continue to receive from my friends back home in Arizona means the world to me. Their encouragement really helped me while i was first getting started here in Los Angeles. Lastly I would like to thank all the new friends that I have connected with out here in LA. We all push each other to get better and I am so thankful. All these people have made this journey incredible and I cannot wait to see what is in store next!
Pictures by Owen Lantz