We had the good fortune of connecting with Jon Bennett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jon, how do you think about risk?
Life is too boring if you don’t take risks every so often. There are so many different aspects of life to enjoy, but far too many to commit fully too. Risks are choices. Simple as that. When you take a risk, you are making a conscious choice to follow through on your decision.
I tend to take risks under three fulfilled conditions:
1. Is there an acceptable probability to your success.
2. Are you able to accept the loss should you fail to meet your goal.
3. How much are you willing to sacrifice to meet that risk.
I am the singer and bass player for the band Originetic. Band life is full of decision-making, money exchange, and a lot of risk. Each decision we make will help, be useless, or a loss to the band as a whole. The key is to weigh each risk and make wise decisions.
Number 1: the probability of your success is based around internal and external forces. Internal forces are those you can control and should be able to influence your success greatly. The external forces are outside of your control and can really mess things up if you have too many of them. The more forces you control, the more you are responsible for, the less “chance” there is for things to go wrong. We, the band, can control how we look, sound, perform, promote ourselves, and what equipment to bring, but there are still factors beyond our control that tamper with results. How many people will be at a venue? Who is running the soundboard? Will they actually like what they hear? Again the more factors you can control, the higher your probability of success; you must be the one in control.
Number 2: whether monetary or personal, you will have something to lose. Money is nothing to sneeze at, and the loss of family ties or relationships puts a strain on you. Can you accept that? Are you able to accept losing $200 on T-shirts that don’t sell?
Number 3: time is a precious commodity. Time we spend with others, time spent at work, time spent practicing. How much time will you give to make it more likely you’ll succeed? Can you give up some personal time? Are you willing to miss your nephew’s graduation for a gig? Will this really lead to success? Take your risk accepting the consequences.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
We are rock/metal group out of Alhambra. Our music is an exceptional blend of melodic singing with driving rhythms, stylish solos, and relatable lyrics. Simplicity is not factor. We push ourselves to make the perfect sound for our story-telling.
We are very excited to have just completed our newest single Terraform with a music video. Our second full-length album called Parasites will also be coming out later this year.
The band started as a side project for a few years focused on guitar, synth, bass, drums, and female vocalist. The songs were mainly written by the founding/current guitarist Esteban Yanez. Band members changed around until 2018 where lead singer Andre Espinoza and myself would join to put together the first album Sentient. 2020 would radically shift the world, and we were no exception with a change in lead singer. There were several times we wanted to throw in the towel: creative differences, attitudes, responsibilities, or not meeting expectations, but this isn’t just some side project anymore. This band is a huge part of our lives and is worth taking the risks to watch it succeed.
Here are some of the lessons we have learned along the way
1. Be open to others’ opinions. Your version of the song may be the best in your head, but there may be a better way.
2. Listen to professionals. Don’t waste time making the same mistakes they did.
3. Be ready for late nights, long drives, and hefty expenses.
4. Leave your attitude at the door. It may be band practice, but you need to treat it as work time as well.
5. Practice, practice, practice. Goes without saying, but I said it…so there.
We are ready to get back out there and put on shows like no other. LA better be ready! Find Originetic on Spotify, Youtube, or Apple Music and see for yourself.
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?
Hermosa Beach Ranked 18th best beach with amazing restaurants and bars like Fusion sushi.
If you ever wanted authentic traditional Mexican breakfast without making a trip across the border, make a stop through here. You’ll get a good sense of Mexican culture and likely find something to bring back from your visit.
There is always something you will like on the strip. Bands playing at Whiskey a Go Go or the Viper Room, bars like the Rainbow bar and grill, and shopping for miles.
Whether you love or hate the Lakers, Clippers, or Kings, you will not want to miss a night here. Box seats are worth the price so bring a group that appreciates it.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A big shoutout to all the friends, family, and fans who have supported us through the years. So many of the sacrifices come from them as well, whether it is late nights, long drives, hearing the same songs over and over, or bringing us food, you have always been there to keep us going. Thank you to all the places that host us all over LA. Thank you Outer Heaven Creations for bringing our music video to life.