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

Hi James, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Music was a form of escapism for myself when I was in middle and high school. I never desired to be rich or famous pursuing music, but I wanted a sense of freedom and expression. It wasn’t until I was 21 years old when I decided it was time to purse my artistic career. After I left my restaurant job in San Luis Obispo, I received many criticisms from close friends and especially my family. Pursuing my musical career has been self sacrificing, however I’ve learned more about myself and the world around me durning the process.

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 love to what I do! I’m proud of my abilities to reach a wide range of audience members across all genres & styles of music. It took over ten years of persist dedication to get to the level where I can call myself one of the best in my field. I overcame my challenges by reaching out to individuals and families in my life. In the beginning it wasn’t easy, but over time I grew to enjoy the difficulties and found that I could harness the strength to persevere by setting realistic small and big goals. These goals helped my see a future I could be proud of. I learned that much of my struggle came from within my mind. Setting a plan and sticking to it through and through, encouraged my self esteem and success rate. The world should know that any individual can accomplish anything regardless of any obstacle.

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’d start by visiting Montana De Oro in Los Osos, spending the day there by exploring the beautiful landscapes and scenery. From there, we’d end the day by eating either at Kuma or 2nd St. Cafe. Later in the week, we’d head to Morro Bay rent kayaks, and paddle around the bay near the rock. Afterwords, we’d end the day by checking out a music show at the Siren in Morro Bay. Towards the end of the week, we’d book a wine tasting adventure in Paso Robles and have breakfast the Hatch. Then afterwords we’d head over to either AMSTRDM or LIBERTTO and check out a live jazz show. Lastly, we’d end the weekend by heading into San Luis Obispo and roaming downtown. We would check out Boo Boo Records then later for lunch, we’d eat a Ziggy’s. In the evening we’d check out a music show at SLO Brew Rock. For the night cap, we’d grab a drink at Granada hotel.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Daniel & Jonathan Gallardo plus Annette Meszaros Jim “Master” (Guitar) Murphy
Josh, Sean, & Tristan Collins plus Joanne Dewey Collins
James & Elieen Davis plus Kenneth Davis
Judy & Bob Salamaca
Louie & Talia Ortega plus Janet Phillips
Rick & Tom Brown plus Leeann Smith
Eric “Carrot” Hunter & Jason M. Clark
St Timothy Roman Catholic Church in Morro Bay, California
Cuesta College Jazz Department
California Polytechnic Music Department
Corey Jordan & Kate Smith of AMSTRDM & LIBRETTO at Paso Robles, California

Website: jamesgallardo.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamesgallardomusic/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/james.gallardo.96

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2WTbuHeklFFX8kNbIJL-BQ

Image Credits
Patrick Patton Photography Brad Hackleman Photography

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