We had the good fortune of connecting with Murray Hidary and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Murray, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Growing up in Brooklyn in entrepreneurial home and in a community where most people started their own businesses, it seemed natural and even expected that I would do the same. As early as 16 years old, I was going to flea markets on weekends to sell various items. It was so empowering to be the master of my own financial fate. I was hooked. Figuring out all the details was also very satisfying. Like a puzzle. So, when it came to my music, I took the same approach. Instead of signing a record deal in a world that was quickly evolving away from that, I kept full control of my music and built a company that produced my own live touring events and direct distribution. I now have the flexibility to manage my own schedule on my terms and balance it with any other life priorities.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m interested in transporting people through music and art. Moving people to purpose, connecting them with their truest selves, that part of each of us that lies beyond the trivialities of life and is in search of something greater. I aspire to create a sense of wonder. I combine elements that conspire to create highly immersive experiences which can include nature, visual projections, technology, movement, music and even swimming pools! In the Underwater experience, we have 200 people floating weightlessly in an Olympic swimming pool where we have placed waterproof speakers. I play the piano (on land!) and the music can be heard in the water through the speakers. It becomes an other planetary sensation where people move around in free weightless expression silently, playfully. experiencing themselves and others with a purity and innocence of being. Pure magic. One of the challenges of producing a live piano concert at places like Santa Monica Beach, is providing a quality audio experience. The beach, with the sounds of the crashing waves and wind can be a very noisy place. I pioneered the idea of a “silent” piano concert, placing the entire audience in wireless headphones which ensures a very intimate and personal music experience while taking in the sunset and healing power of nature. Everyone feels as if the music is being played just for them. Passersby can see me playing on the electric grand piano but do not hear anything. Everyone with headphones has a front row seat essentially and has the freedom to move around the beach and explore their body as well as their mind. A funny thing then happens when people come to the realization that while they are having their own individual experience they look around and see hundreds or thousands of others also having the same individual experience and that everyone is having that experience together. This feeling of connection engenders a deep bonding without even having to speak to these ‘strangers’. Beneath the surface level seeming differences that may separate us lies a core commonality that is there to be discovered. This, more than anything is the most fulfilling part of what I do. I’ve seen first hand the power of music to heal and bring people together. I’ve used this music for my own healing journey through grief and loss and I’ve seen it help so many others through their challenging times. As we all look for a larger belongingness, I attempt to have everyone feel ‘seen’ through the music. I move forward each day with the following principle: Keep the experience authentic to who I am and have fun!
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?
Here’s a list of Covid-19 friendly activities to do while most museums, concert halls and theaters are closed. Moving from New York to LA has opened up a whole new lifestyle immersed in nature and the outdoors. The LA Arboretum: A short drive towards Pasadena, this botanic garden is one of my favorite sanctuaries. With incredible landscaping and a diversity of flora species, it is the perfect place to get away from it all for a few hours for a stroll or a good book, Exploring the street art around LA. there are many spots to discover. best to google the list and start exploring. It will take into unique neighborhoods and give you a more intimate feel for the diversity of the city. The best views in LA are from the tops of the mountains. My favorite hike is Paseo Miramar. It’s a bout 2 hours and immerses you in a heavenly view of the ocean and the city. LA has some of the best food because of all the fresh locally farmed ingredients available all year round. Barrique in Venice offers a romantic outdoor dining experience in a charming, rustic yellow house setting. And of course, nothing beats a sunset walk on the beach.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Joanna Bowzer, my producer, has worked with me for over 15 years in all my endeavors. Having someone that has your back and through their strengths can balance out your weaknesses is critical.