We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael John Mollo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael John, what do you attribute your success to?
I’ve always been fascinated by the intersection of art and commerce. Where artistry meets utilitarian purpose. For the longest time, that intrigue is what drove my business model. As I get older, I watch my kids growing up, there has been a decidedly purposeful shift to reinforce the concept of “Family.” At Velvet Green Music we do our best to put our artists first. We focus on their accomplishments and highlight them as members of our family whenever possible. With artists on 6 continents, we’ve found that we’re able to build a sense of community with artists on our roster, opening up new musical collaborations and expanding the breath of our composers toolkits in the process. Focussing on this element of family allows Velvet Green Music to reach across borders and help artists from all countries tell their stories. It is important to understand that people who don’t look the same, or speak the same language can all communicate emotionally through music. All voices are valid and all voices deserve to be heard. That is why we focus on family.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve always made music. For as long as I remember it has been my way to escape. I was fortunate to be able to study music at university and spend a number years learning the business from my composer mentors. As I grow older, I recognize more and more that not all people have the same opportunities I have been given. As such a big part of Velvet Green Music’s mission is to ensure that the voices of all artists are able to be heard. Only then to we start to understand each others languages.
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?
The beach is our church. On a good week I can get my girls in the water 2-3 times. We are fortunate to have the ocean so close. It’s like a reboot for the soul.
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?
I am fortunate in that I am privileged. I’m a middle-aged cis-white heterosexual male. I have always been and continue to be surrounded by people rooting for my success. In that, I recognize my inherent privilege. On my journey, I’ve learned perhaps the most from my two daughters. As they discover the world, it makes me want to be a better person and leave a positive footprint, if any at all, when I’m gone.