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

Hi Jimi, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I chose the path of a creative career because I never want to give up being me. Doing something for someone else always made me feel like I had to be someone else. Being an artist I represent myself and my art. Writing music helps me with so many things, it’s real life therapy for me. I’m kinda of introverted when it comes to opening up so music really fills that space up for me. I started playing the guitar in elementary school, 4th or 5th grade. My first guitar was a Yamaha from guitar center, I can’t remember the model name but it looked like a fender strat and it was black with a white pick guard. I fell in love. Life goes on and with time I started writing lyrics and creating songs. The path of creative was the right path for me.

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.
The challenge never ends. I’m still being challenged by life everyday with pursuing being an artist. I’m still figuring out everything professionally as an independent artist with no backing and no label. Lessons are still being learned, but a huge lesson I learned while chasing everything I know I will attain is to never give up. It’s the most typical thing to be said, but it’s true. If you really believe what you’re creating and doing will help other people including yourself to be related to and to help with what other human beings are going through. That’s my motive right there, to help others get through what they’re going through and most of all to help in anyway I can. By never giving up I know it’s possible. Making music isn’t about being cool and it’s glorifying rewards. It’s about how you can make people feel with what you’ve created from nothing.

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 love rock n roll and Hollywood history. I know of plenty historical spots where I actually do take my friends and family to. such as old celebrity/ rockstar homes in the Hollywood hills, or even passed celebrity/ rockstar graves. I love it all. You gotta gain the knowledge of those before you and respect what was first. I feel the presence of a lot of passed on people. So visiting these places are magical for me in general. It’s therapy almost just like creating and listening to music. One of my favorite places to eat in Hollywood is Bossa Nova, a close friend of mine showed me the spot awhile ago and it’s been a favorite ever since. I’d love to take more people to that restaurant so I can show them why it’s a favorite! Any pizza spot in Los Angeles, I wanna take my friends to just to show them how many pizza spots are in LA and how different they’re. The viper room is the spot, I’ve definitely gotta show and take more of my loved ones out to the places I love.
Anything on the sunset strip is a vibe usually.. Rainbow room, Roxy, The Whisky. It’s all love.

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?
Growing up listening to bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Audioslave, Incubus, Alice In Chains, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, R.E.M. etc.. All of those musicians made me want to make music. There impact was so heavy on me, the whole alternative grunge rock scene. It really digs deep in my blood. Growing up in a small town and no silver spoon you can really reflect and relate to what these guys write, play, and sing about. Shout Out to Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Billy Corgan, Chris Cornell, Brandon Boyd, Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell, and Courtney Love. I f***ing love these people.

Website: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Ot4uSfKKbXMYYVh5uvJLY?si=zKB5nzn0TyC5BW38FpTO8A

Instagram: Instagram.com/jimiblackrose

Youtube: https://youtu.be/QFGeCRFpNNA

Image Credits
Samuel Gove

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