We had the good fortune of connecting with John Ma’ae and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
…for the love of music and the joy it brings.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The Pollen Collective came about as a result of many, seemingly unrelated events, but when scrutinized deeper, reveal a supernatural, almost mystical genesis. We’re proud of the camaraderie and genuine love we have for each other as friends and musicians.
Being in a band can create personal turmoil as well as conflict between individuals. Our filter for flare ups of ego and misunderstanding is always to see each bandmate as someone we love and care for, first. Our ability to have fun and care for one another while playing, and to have that vibe transmitted to those in attendance (to the point where that is always the overwhelmingly common compliment from fans…”You guys just seem to love each other so much!”) is always our gauge as to how well our gigs go.
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?
Our Shoutout would go to every album, songwriter, band, music scene, venue, ‘zine and live show that gave us inspiration and insight to love and pursue music.
The List could be endless, but just to name a few…”Paranoia” by Black Sabbath, “Quadrophenia” by The Who, “Double Nickels On The Dime” by The Minutemen…Nick Drake, Elvis Costello, Joe Strummer…Fender’s Ballroom in Long Beach, CA, Gillman Street in Berkeley, CA, The Olympic Auditorium in L.A., Pepperland Music in Anaheim, CA, Zed Records in Long Beach, CA, Fingerprints in Long Beach, CA…Maximum Rock ‘N Roll, Flipside & Spin Magazine!
Julie Wu Morey