We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Goldston and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nick, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Training and racing triathlon allows me to find homeostasis in my work/life balance. Making music professionally requires direction, growth, and purpose in a world of subjectivity. For the most part, there is no right or wrong in music, and what one person detests, another adores. Although at first, this lack of formula can feel freeing, there comes a point where I crave an objective measure of progress. Playing scales faster doesn’t make better music. Especially in the world of songwriting, it becomes very difficult to measure what is good and bad. A songwriter may have their worst song be their biggest hit, and their best song be their biggest flop. This kind of uncertainty was wearing away at me, and I was thirsting for something that would allow my effort to dictate my success. Training for triathlon allowed me to implement structure and measurable progress into a life where I otherwise lacked it. My training plan has set metrics I have to meet every day, and if I stick to them and continue to grow my fitness, my race times will get faster and faster. I needed objective proof of progress to balance out the abstract universe of creativity. Writing and recording songs every day that may or may not ever see the outside of my studio walls is now balanced out by having a concrete goal to reach in my training. Not only does the sport provide comfort in the form of structure, but it has also strengthened my work ethic in the studio. Discovering how much planned workouts keep me focused and motivated has led me to use similar productivity techniques with my music. As a professional, I can’t allow myself to wait for inspiration to strike, so scheduling time to work on different aspects of my craft has paid dividends when I need those skills in a key moment. Physical exercise also boosts natural hormones in the body that promote general well being, which further inspires the creation of music. It’s a wonderful cycle, and I hope to keep running with it into deep waters of old age.

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.
Lately, I’ve had the pleasure to work with artists in the world of drag queens. It has been an absolute blast! As somebody who knew almost nothing about the drag scene before working with the queens, it was a kaleidoscope of learning. Creating music in a totally new context was refreshing and inspiring. Recently, an album I co-wrote and produced was nominated for a GLAAD award, and the best part is that the drag queen told me that I was now an honorary member of the gay community.

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.
I would probably punish my friends by taking them on a bike ride they never asked to go on. We would start on Montana and 7th for coffee at Primo Passo in Santa Monica, head up PCH to Topanga Canyon, Fernwood, and pause at Saddle Peak for beautiful views of Malibu on one side and the valley on the other. Catch our breath and fly down Las Flores before heading into Malibu for an Acai bowl at Sunlife Organics for some refueling. Usually we can catch a tail wind on PCH coming back to Santa Monica and then slow it down for a casual conversation on the Bike path when we are back. No better way to take in the beautiful beach views than while coasting the coast on two wheels. 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?
The Berklee College of Music Alumni in Los Angeles have been fantastic. We all keep each other involved in projects, help grow professionally, and also provide a community of like minded friends. In some ways, it feels like college never ended. Most of us moved from Boston to LA when we graduated and it’s comforting to know a support system is all here.

Website: http://NickGoldston.com

Instagram: @NickGoldston

Other: Instagram is a great way to follow my adventures

Image Credits
Black and White photo by Filip Milenkovic

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