We had the good fortune of connecting with John Paul Roney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John Paul, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
When I was in kindergarten I got sent to the principal’s office every week for refusing to say the pledge of allegiance. I refused to conform to anything until I knew enough and it felt right. That extreme stubbornness has continued in how I make art and the way I sell it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
A billionaire started a label for my college band and my best friend/manager quickly embezzled all of the money. Shortly thereafter I turned down a deal to become Chad Kroger (of Nickleback)’s prodigé in a conversation that almost turned into a fist fight and I decided it was a good season to leave LA. I went to Nashville and bought an old 6 br victorian for $4000 down and renovated it myself. I ran the house as a sort of gateway for other artists to find their way in Nashville and I loved being a part of that city having a renaissance. I moved back to LA a few years ago and fell into writing and producing for other artists between Boom Forest records and I’m very happy.
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?
In particular order: Bearded Beagle to buy old pants
Three Kings to get obscure tattoos
La Estrella to drink their taco sauce
Bar Stella to drink perfect negronis
Tee Gee to dance and give out cigarettes
All Time for a breakfast burrito
Angeles N’tl Park to hike and camp illegally
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Jean Valjean has always been my north star. An art version of a unified field theory.
Linkedin: Tee hee