We had the good fortune of connecting with Freddie Morales and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Freddie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
After working at my first job for 5 years as a custom broker in the early 90s, I realized at 25 that I had to pursue my dream in the music industry and take that risk. I had reached a good salary and career but it wasn’t who I wanted to become. So I left the office corporate world to pursue my music journey.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The experience for me in the music and entertainment industry hasn’t been an easy journey. But I can’t complain from the many fruits of long or short music projects that have reached success in my now 40 years in this biz. At 21, I got my first record deal and learned many contract lessons that I wasn’t aware of during that time. Hire a lawyers kids… Like the record company agencies making all the money and you doing all the work and not seeing one cent and being told it all went to promotion. The challenges of keeping a record company interested in you and working hard in the late hours of the night trying to create that hit song for the radio. Going on tour with no tour support and coming home with only your cd’s that you couldn’t sell because the budget wasn’t there to have someone sell your cd’s for you while your on stage. Stuff like that folks – Learning how to collaborate with other members of the band and making the right decisions to build a successful brand of music. It’s a tuff task to please everyone in the group but it can happen. You have to build a strong personality and have people you trust around you or find those you can trust to make your brand of music succeed. It’s a huge responsibility to have that right team to become successful. Unfortunately I had to go through several projects that were very stressful due to the lack of professional people who understand their role when in comes to a team effort project. The passion I have for the art I create is my soul for living in this world. It took me many years to become an independent artist. Now I have control of my destiny and enjoying every second of it. Key to becoming independent is motivation, believing in yourself and once who create that, people will want to be part of what you have created.
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 live in a very lively city with many restaurants, clubs, venues, shops, museums, and theaters. I’d plan to hit up my favorite restaurants and bars on the sunset and hollywood strip. First we would hit up our favorite steak house, Musso & Frank Grill on Hollywood Blvd, one of Hollywoods oldest restaurants now 100. Order some drinks and appetizers first before our medium done streaks arrive for the chopping. It’s interesting to meet the waiters who have been there for a long time and listen to their stories of the famous who would come in and make that big movie or record contact on their way to stardom. Classic hollywood the good and the bad nostalgia all around you. Not many places like Musso & Frank Grill in LA. exist today. It’s classic hollywood. Another fun place to visit for drinks and socializing would be Yamashiro, a restaurant located on a hill in Hollywood overlooking all of Los Angeles – the views from the outdoor are beautiful. They also have a live DJ spinning a mix of electronica and latin vibes to break the ice to socialize with those tourists or locals. So many things to do in Los Angeles, with the perfect weather we can head out to Santa Monica beach and visit other restaurants and bars located on the pier.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, I would like to shoutout to my parents for believing in my dreams as a child and encouraged me to follow this journey. Another shoutout to someone really special to me who I recently found out one of my mentors in my early life from 1985-1989 had passed away on Sept of 2021. Mr. Earl Leon Bartsch, army veteran and retired teacher in photography who was the first to photograph my first show on a full stage in front of 200 screaming kids as we lip synced to the music of Duran Duran at the school lunch concert. That the day my life changed forever in pursuing a career in music and entertainment. I thank all my mentors who inspired me throughout this incredible journey.