We had the good fortune of connecting with Juan Diego Patino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Juan Diego, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
I think the most important decision I made for my career as a freelance drummer, has been to not allow myself to be solely influenced or motivated by the monetary compensations offered in recording sessions or live shows…I always try to do my best and treat each opportunity with respect regardless of how big or small the compensation is.
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.
I think something that has helped me stand out in the local music scene, has been my drive to always do the best I can and not let down my peers. If I commit to be a part of a project, I will give my blood sweat and tears for it…regardless of the fact that we might have just met a couple of days ago 🙂
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 would start off with a nice morning hike to the Wisdom Tree…maybe a picnic at the top of the hill? Definitely, head over to the Broad and check out all the amazing art that is always displayed there… After we could make music and have fun at the Grammy museum, while we are stuffed with elote and hot dogs from Dirt Dog… On another great morning I would take us to the Griddle cafe for some oversized pancakes and a breakfast Slash’s style (after blasting Guns’nRoses on the way there of course) At night we would walk around Echo Park and find a great local show where we can hopefully run into some old and new friends to make some more plans… One thing is for sure….we are not going to take tour through Beverly Hills hahaha
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?
During my time in the city I have been very lucky to have had come into contact with great mentors like Rob Carson, Dave Elitch, John Blackwell, and Tim Mcntyre. They taught me how to express myself on my instrument and showed me very unique musical concepts that made me grow as a musician. But most importantly, they taught me the importance of diligence, patience and hard work. I learned a lot about being present and conscious of my feelings in everything I do.
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