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

Hi JonCarlos, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
I define Success as a constant progression forward. Granted we all have those unfortunate days where we take a few steps back but as long as we acknowledge our mistakes and learn from them we can always look ahead toward a brighter future. Success is such an allusive term because everyone has a different perspective on the matter, most people associate success with Money or Social Status but I find that “True Success” you find within. Success is being able to be malleable and change with the constants of the Universe and still be able to be true to your core. Bruce Lee has a Fantastic quote about being permeable like water “Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” The Best part of this quote is that we are all made up of mostly water so in theory it shouldn’t be that hard. I define Success not as a place or destination but a mindset and the ability to stay positive even in the darkest of times. Success is the willingness to continue to pursue your Highest Truth with the best possible attitude and continuous gratitude. There are constant struggles and adversities that we deal with on the daily but we must Rise to the Occasion and ride the Universe like a wave, because as Bruce puts it, We are in fact the Wave.

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.
My art is just as diverse as I am, whether it’s my poetry, art, or music. There are no boundaries to where I might venture out and explore creatively. Often most of my expression comes from finding something new whether it’s a new word or place or person. I think the best part about getting inspired is fanning that fame of excitement and venturing down this newfound path that has yet to be explored. I always like to stay busy creating, I think it’s best to continue to build and build upon ideas and soon after you realize you’ve created a whole Universe in which you now can explore within yourself. Music I feel is one of the most magical mediums of the arts because it’s completely immersive and you can’t escape it. Music tends to be one of the first forms of expressions I like to pursue because I find it to be so immediately gratifying and then when you get to sprinkle some of your poetry personal the colors really seem to pop. My Band Apollo Sphinx is essentially a full-hearted attempt at preserving the Arts and keeping Music Alive with the most amount of Humanism and rawness possible. I like to think Apollo Sphinx is Donovan if he was in a Garage Band. There are so many struggles that artists face nowadays but I think we find our Grace thru our fans that appreciate what we are conveying thru our Love and Pain of our Human existence.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First and Foremost Venice Beach in all of it’s Beautiful Chaos is definitely a spot I like to frequent. Venice is just such a Great hub and melting pot of culture that I’ve been frequenting since I was kid. The Sidewalk Cafe on the Boardwalk has some of the best Garlic Knots. Ace Hotel is such a Classy and Legendary spot with classic drinks and stunning views your really can’t beat it. Some of the best Underground venues are Non Plus Ultra and The Smell both Great spots to get wild and have Good O’l Fashion hectic fun. I will say my most Favorite intimate Venue is hands down Zebulon. The Atmosphere at Zebulon is the Best with Killer drinks and culturally savvy clientele. Zebulon is the only place in LA where I’ve heard the Legendary French Artist Jacques Dutronc get played, what a Bitchin’ Spot. Getting back to the Venice area there is so much delicious Thai food from House of Thai to Tree House Thai but my favorite spot to frequent on Venice is Saby’s Cafe. Saby’s has delicious fish tacos and Their Agua Frescas are on point. Also the Mitsuwa on Venice is great spot to find some Asian comfort food. Back to the Bar scene in Silverlake and Hollywood The Cha Cha lounge is a Great little cudi spot to get turnt and Good Times at Davey Waynes is a great 70’s bungaloo spot to have feel like your having a swinging party at The Brady’s House and also find out where the after party is going to be. Later you can find me cruisin’ down PCH and slowly finding my way back onto The Legendary Sunset Blvd where you can almost smell the history of Rock ‘n Roll. Finally I’d venture into Pasadena and go to the Legendary TOPS where you can get a delicious meaty pastrami sandwich with the most Amazing Zucchini Fries I’ve ever had. Tops has the best Zucchini Fries in All of LA, I dare you to find better.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a Huge shoutout to My Abuelita & Abuelito who were always there for me growing up and showered me with Unconditional Love. They are both the Strongest people I have ever known and I do my best to carry the torch of fiery passion that they have left behind. I’d now like to shoutout the people who have influenced me or changed my life in any way and we’ll start with Lou Reed of The Velvet Underground. He alone changed my whole outlook on Music art and expression. His combination of raw ethereal essence and poetry mixed with the Urban city life is still something very hard to find nowadays. His ability to compose such raw tones and execute it with such elements of Innocence, tenderness, and pureness is still yet unmatched. I’d then like to acknowledge my appreciation for the Poet Jim Carroll, another human who influenced my perspective on the Arts a Great deal. I put Jim write up there with William Blake. Last but not least I’d like to give my Man Gustave Moreau a huge Shoutout, he is definitely one of my favorite Artist’s. The scenes that he created with such large amounts of dark and rich colors while also allowing the light to shine thru. Looking at his artworks is very much similar to listening to Moondog or Thelonious Monk and maybe a little sprinkle of The Smiths.

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/apolllosphinx?lang=en

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/ApolloSphinx/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn79MF8rhFMNEzyAM4nIYhg

Image Credits
Bailey McDaniel, Diego Olivas

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutLA is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.