We had the good fortune of connecting with Optimus Grind and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Optimus, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think life is all about taking risks. Some work out, and some do not. I took the risk of coming to Los Angeles 20 years ago and it’s all turned out nicely. If I hadn’t taken the risk of coming to the west coast a lot of my dreams couldn’t have been realized. I had a lot of failures along the way, but they have all helped to guide me to new places and help me grow. It’s been a fun journey, and I’ll continue to take risks. Get’s pretty boring not going out on a limb.
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.
Right now I am working on completing a record. I’ve been working on a hand full of songs and am in the process of finishing everything up. It’s amazing how much work goes into records. From the writing to the mixing to the scheduling. It’s a fun process and is very fulfilling as you finish up one thing at a time. The music I have been writing lately is electronic based. Good driving drums and melodys with some great vocalist. I’m working a lot with Kahmone, a south LA singer / rapper. She has a lot of skill and flavor and am happy to have her in the mix. I’ve also been writing and playing shows with Marvelous XE, a L.A. based dark electronic band that is into healing vibes with music recorded in 432 hurts. Very excited about what we have been putting out. I got here today through a long line of audio production life and a love for music. I’ve worked in studios for the last 20 ish years doing everything from sound fx design to engineering to live sound to touring. Along the whole journey I was writing my own music with the hopes of putting out records and molding my life into a life of music creation. There has definitely been a lot of challenges.. From broken shoulders to couch surfing to covid, but everything has led me to where I am now and I am happy and comfortable with the life and career I am building. Overcoming the challenges is what makes it all worth it, and I find the best way to overcome things is to put your head down and just get it done. Do the steps necessary to succeed, no one else is going to do them for you.
I’d like the world to know I gave it my all and hope that people are inspired by and dig my creations.
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.
If my best friend was visiting I’d take them to see the land marks around the city ( Hollywood sign, Santa monica pier, capitol records, the elote guy in east LA. We would hit all the good taco spots and then make our way up the coast. I’d take them around the Santa Monica mountains and out to the desert. We would go to the Integratron near Joshua tree for some sound healing and then camp out at Giant Rock and look for UFOs. On the way back we would go through the San Bernardino mountains and hit up crystal lake for another camping UFO night and then borough canyon on the way home for a zombie shoot out. When we got back I’d take them for all you can eat Korean bbq in San Gabriel valley followed by an electro magnetic Tesla technology healing session with Dr. Huang in Rosemead ( amazing doctor who invented a elector magnetic machine for healing just about anything from Covid to back pain to muscular dystrophy.)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve had lots of mentors throughout my life. One that stands out in L.A. is Brendan Dekora. He has been a great teacher on many levels. As far as music production he has taught me tons. He learned from a lot of the greats and has been gracious enough to send the knowledge down the line. From live recording to mixing to writing. He’s been a great friend and influence. He also helped me a lot with opening my eyes to the universe and what is going on apart from the day to day craziness. Not to mention he is a bad ass photographer and has helped me a great deal in that area. Here’s to you Mr. Dekora, cheers.