We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Plasencia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, what principle do you value most?
I really value genuine connection’s because being in the music industry is really tough sometimes and being around people where relationships aren’t based on what you can do for each other is different vibe. I feel like when music is made and its from matters of the heart and not just a gig the music hits different.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I was eleven years old, I began to learn guitar and I immediately noticed how much I really loved music. I was inspired by my mentors growing up and because of them, I wanted to share my gift with others who loved music as much as I did. My interest in music expanded throughout the years and led me to pursue a bachelors in Jazz Guitar at California Institute of the Arts. My knowledge of music grew once I was able to learn more instruments beyond jazz guitar such as bass, congas and piano. I’ve mastered playing multiple genres from Top Hits Pop and R&B to Gospel music. I have advanced skills in music theory, composition (traditionally and digitally) and I have proper ear training that I’ve obtained through my music career. My extensive background makes me a well-rounded musician and educator. My mentors and teachers growing up had impacted me as a musician while also challenging me to strive for better. I believe that one should push themselves and practice to be better each day which is a lesson I’ve learned through music. I believe that music teaches you lessons that are transferable in life. I see myself being able to foster a safe space and community where creative individuals can share music and joy with each other.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Honestly Probably The Getty and the Beach. Food – Wise there is a lot of food but everything out here in L.A. is too spread out. Some my favorite food spots are Comfort L.A. , Philippe The Original, and Mancora Peruvian for some Lomo Saltado. There is way to many food places I definitely have more recommendations
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?
Shoutout to the Most High, I’m forever grateful for the all the experiences and people I’ve met during my life’s journey and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s yet to come. Shoutout to my Partner in Crime Tapehlyn Tapeh , I love you!!! Shoutout to my mom and my family for always being there for me your love is deeply appreciated,