We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Vest and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Well, I don’t have much of an artistic career but I did choose an artistic life because that’s how you best express your emotions (which might be the whole meaning of it all). My only thought process is to keep writing songs until I get a good one. I do jump around styles and genres a lot (for better or worse). I am still kinda searching for my true voice. But nothing in the world feels better than making a catchy melody or finding a poetic cascade of words! Its bliss.
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 keeps me motivated is creating no matter what. Releasing my first solo album last year was definitely a breakthrough after collaborating with great artists on my two bands: Californiosos and Space Babies. I needed that space to fully express myself without compromising ideas and fully embracing that creative process. I still play with them! But having this project definitely expands the possibilities and enhances the flow while collaborating.
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.
We would drive up the coast, blasting The Doors and Bert Jansch, as we took in the magic of the Big Sur coast and the giant redwoods and maybe a night on the town in North Beach San Francisco. Then back to Venice Beach (the freakiest place on Earth) and a hike into the Santa Monica mountains to see a waterfall and some ancient Native grinding stones. A fabulous sushi dinner and then a sunset on the beach. Pretty good!
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 nowadays anyone with a laptop can make endless good quality music. When I was young I was taught that successful artists were these inaccessible alien geniuses and I was not encouraged much to enter their realms. Making music has been a struggle with my own insecurities.
My partner in the band Californiosos, Farmer Dave Scher, believes in my lyrics and my motivations. He is very respected in the West Coast music community. He helps me believe in myself. Other than that….probably all the great ancestors who came before and laid down a trail of blood, sweat, and fantastic music to get us through this madness. They keep me going.
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2BVEbVmAHoRtmnpdz6qSi1?si=-w3OFseESkiEBdZcw6HbtA Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/michael-vest-503571637 Bandcamp: https://michaelvestmusic.bandcamp.com/
Images by Olivia Diehl ( @o.dil.o)