We had the good fortune of connecting with MB Gordy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi MB, how do you think about risk?
As a Freelance Musician it’s all about risk taking. It is not something I really thought all that much about. It is just something I had to do. Probably If had thought too much about it, I would have done something else…
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
the freelance lifestyle is a journey, its a fine line of networking and pushing and being humble at the same time. For the longest time, I pretty much never said “No” to anything. you have to get out there and be sen and heard… Not only do I play percussion but I’ve played drumset my whole life, thats what I started on but iI love a lot of styles of music. For example, in our band Opium Moon, I play Frame Drum, Dumbek, djembe and cajon, but no drumset. I cant say that the journey that Ive taken has been easy. It’s ben hard work but its also been awesome. the thing about the music business is the people that you get to meet and play with and the incredible pool of talent. When you get your Butt kicked, you just have to work that much harder and practice that much more. The field of music is full of incredible talent and aline a mile long waiting to take your place. so to stay viable, you have to stay on top of your game all the time.
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.
First we would go to Malibu and that part of the coast, then a hike somewhere in the Santa Monica mountains.. A trip to the south Bay ( Redondo or Hermosa or Manhattan Beach would for sure be on the list plus Venice Beach.. Grifith Park Observatory, and the Huntington Gardens as well.. Also, LACMA and MOCA, the Brand museum, the Getty are all a must see. and For sure the Music Center and a concert with the LA PHIl is a must see.. the hollywood Bowl for sure,, And if there was time, a trip to Palm Springs and Joshua tree…. 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?
Well certainly my percussion instructor from undergraduate School, Joel Thome. Also, John Bergamo who was my percussion instructor in Graduate School at California of the Arts. As well as all of my other instructors there, Amiya Dasgupta, Pandit Taranath Rao, The ledzepko Brothers. And certainly my wife and children