We had the good fortune of connecting with Leo Pastel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leo, is there something you believe many others might not?
A lot of people will tell you to take the safe route: focus a normal job until you get stable enough to fully buy into your passion. I disagree with that. I treat my passion as a job, and I do what I can to make ends meet. I’m confident that I am doing what I am meant to, and I don’t want a 9-5 to distract me from it.
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.
What sets me apart from others is that I am willing to take on any creative challenge, whether it be self-directing a music video, or going from rap to folk music. Currently, I am learning Blender and Unreal Engine to create 3D digital worlds. I plan to create virtual experiences that pair with my music. It is proving to be an ambitious task, but I am up to the challenge.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For eats we’d have to hit sweet chick, monty’s, and the taco truck by whole foods at the grove. We would definitely check out Huntington and secretly take photos in front of the exotic plants. I’d take them around to a few night venues, Zebulon for some weird alternative techno, Rarehouse for a punk rap show, and Tenants of the Trees for some dancing. Then we would wrap it all up at The Echo for whatever local indie act was playing 🙂 Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ll give credit to my family! My mother, father, and 3 siblings are all amazing musicians and people who inspire me daily!
Annie Noelker, Justin McKinney