We had the good fortune of connecting with Carlos King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carlos, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I attribute a lot of my success to constant growth. Learning new things excites me! It leads me to try different things and develop skills I never thought I was capable of. I have 3 habits I swear by; reading, asking questions, and trial and error. I have read books about creating effective work relationships, business structures, and engineering techniques. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions; I ask questions all the time. I have mentors that I speak to regularly and ask for guidance (it’s very helpful to learn from the experience of others). Honestly, the most effective way I learn is through trial and error. One day I was an intern and the next day an engineer- I had to teach myself on the fly! I jumped in and tried all kinds of things in a short period of time. I quickly learned what does and doesn’t work and I use that same mentality today.
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.
I am different from many people in the music industry because, prior to college, I did not have a background in music. I didn’t start actually making music until I was about 19 years old. Bloomfield College is where I learned all my basics, from music theory to DAWS, to learning what an audio engineer does. I have worked really hard and accomplished many goals that I set for myself! I received a Grammy nomination (Fantasia, Side Effects of You) and worked on a song that reached Billboard top 10 (Ariana Grande, The Way). I am most excited for the future of my career and business. I am growing as a creative and as a business owner. I am working on expanding my network and taking on new roles and challenges. Recently, I have been producing and composing music with my business partner, Devin O’Bannon-it’s amazing when you find someone you just vibe with. I’ve faced my fair share of challenges, but I try to stay consistent and surround myself with positive people. Being a creative is difficult because you’re constantly putting yourself out there. Rejection is part of the industry, so I’ve learned to keep a supportive circle of people and believe in myself. Another important lesson I’ve learned is to never throw away ideas. If it’s not working today, store it away because it may work tomorrow.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A has so much to offer, especially when it comes to food. We’d definitely have to hit up Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles and In N’ Out (or really anything vibey that showcases our variety). I would take them to the Malibu and hang at the beach. We could also hit up theme parks, like Magic Mountain or Disneyland. And what would a trip to LA be without a Laker game and a night in DTLA! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have a community of dope people that support and encourage me. Working with Harmony Samuels and the BOE family taught me a lot about my craft, the industry, and collaboration. I’m fortunate to have parents that have always been supportive of my endeavors and were great musical influences (my dad was a DJ and my mom just loves to dance to great music!).
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