We had the good fortune of connecting with Pablo Mathiason and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pablo, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I have been very fortunate to have been able to continue to work in some capacity with artists. Some established and some developing. When it comes to branding myself, it’s mostly about personality and reputation. Mine is pretty much built around authenticity, honesty, and the ability to work with people. Whenever I meet someone who I am interested in working with. I always try and figure out a person we may have in common and before we move forward, I suggest they reach out to that person and do a “background check”. That keeps me honest and supported (hopefully) by an impartial person who can give their experience of working with me to support our moving forward.
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.
I spent a better part of my career working for record labels and music publishing companies in the A&R capacity. Every job I took was to learn a new area so that I was able to do the work vs waiting for someone to do it for me. That ever-growing experience helps me work as an artist manager or as project consultant. I never wanted to be pigeonholed to one role. It would limit my potential and, quite honestly, bore me. I am fortunate enough to be a good “go to” person with very good skills in different areas to where if hired, I can do a job at full capacity. One lesson I learned and try to teach others is that a person can’t count on someone else, regardless of your relationship, to do anything for you. As an individual, the only thing in your control is what. you, and only you, can do. While you and what you are working on is your priority. To the person you are depending on, you are not their priority. When you become proactive to be successful, you can’t blame anyone, but yourself. This ties into why, I have made a true effort to learn new things, especially as new technologies and trends come to the surface. Be current and evolve, if you aren’t, you will be left behind without even knowing it.
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.
Runyon Canyon. A nice mellow hike that gives a great view of Los Angeles…Especially on a clear day. Dodger Stadium. One of the last of the classic stadiums and a great place to watch the 2020 World Champions. Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles… The best.
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?
I have had so many influential people to help me over the years. Too many to list, but when I think about people that had a huge effect on me, I have to say my parents. They not only modeled what is important in life, but they also both taught me never to give up. No matter what challenges come your way, putting in the extra effort (while not always successful), you can look back and know with good conscience, you tried your best.
Dan Levitan (live color photo) Chelsea Christer (live black and white photo) Brett Reed (Tuff Gong tshirt photo)