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

Hi Paul, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
One of my favorite quotes from Mark Zuckerberg is: “The biggest risk is not taking any risks.” I thinks risks are essential to being a creative and continuing to elevate, expand, and evolve. Growing up, always took risks. The first risk I took was throwing myself into an unfamiliar environment and new territory. As a Hip Hop producer at 17, I was the lone Asian face in the crowd often and that was okay because taking the risk and stepping into new territory was actually what garnered me some of my most impactful friendships and informed me as a man today.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Honestly? I’m a hustler. That’s something I learned growing up in Oakland – to always find a way to make your dreams happen. At 17, still in high school, I hustled my music around to different artists, clubs, and producers. One of my songs I produced for an independent artist — at that time — helped him get a publishing deal and subsequently helped me acquire attention from labels. After college, I navigated myself back into music by composing music for reality TV shows. I then leveraged my gift for composition in my own songs, which led me to develop several artists. Although there have been different left turns along the way, I’ve never given up on the hustle and always stayed humble. I want the world to know that hustle and humility go hand and hand in creating true art.

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?
The beauty of LA is that it’s a smorgasbord of cultures and topography. If I were to tour someone around.

We’d eat at:

– Tatang,Filipino Restaurant in North Hollywood
– Sattdown, Jamaican Grill in Studio City
– Speranza, Itlaian Eatery in Silverlake
– KazuNori, Sushi Handrolls DTLA

Drink at:
– Black Market Liquor Bar in Studio City
– Don Cucos in Burbank (Best Margaritas)
– Gyu Kaku in Sherman Oaks (Happy hour drinks are amazing)
– Perch in Downtown LA (best Paloma!)

The most exciting places to visit are:
– The Getty Museum
– The Santa Monica Stairs
– Point Dume in Malibu
– Brentwood Canyon
– The Chandelier Tree in Silveralke

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’d like to shout out my mom. Honestly, she inspired me to never settle for less than excellence and to always push to be better. I As a first gen Filipino, I saw firsthand how difficult it was for her to thrive in this country. Yet, she never gave up and she’s always supported my dreams. In fact, when I was a teenager, she found an article on Scott Storch and told me she believed I had that same potential. I’ve kept that memory and motivation with me. For that, I gotta give her a shoutout!

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