We had the good fortune of connecting with Payton Palazzolo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Payton, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Giving up was never really an option. When I accepted the fact that the only alternative was to keep going, I stuck with that decision.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I believe what sets me apart from some of the others in the world of Music Production and DJing would have to be my influences. Growing up in San Jose, there weren’t too many influences in the House Music scene, which forced me to seek out influence from European artists. In doing this, I developed a production style that is fairly European in it’s nature, which enabled me to stand out a bit more from other artists in my field.
Getting to where I’m at currently definitely was not easy. As cliché as it sounds, it took a lot of long nights and early mornings to reach this current position that I’m in.
For me personally, pushing through self-doubt, insecurities, and perfectionism with my art was the hardest challenge for me.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that self belief, dedication to craft, and perseverance can get you a lot further than you could ever imagine.
My brand and story can be attributed to one statement: Keep going.
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.
There’s a lot of fun stuff that can be done in Los Angeles, but there’s definitely a few places and activities that I love. Although there a lot of great restaurants, one place that I would highly recommend is “Yamashiro” in Hollywood. It’s a sushi restaurant with an incredible environment, an amazing view, and delicious food.
Another fun place I would recommend visiting is Griffith Observatory. Not only does it have an amazing view as well, but it’s also an iconic place to visit.
Lastly, I would advise visiting Santa Monica Pier and enjoying the beach.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Two major shoutouts would have to go to Mark Mazzetti and Michael Eland. The first gentleman, Mark Mazzetti, helped me land my first major studio job at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA. That job was pivotal in helping me nourish my audio engineering skills as an assistant engineer, as well as develop relationships with coworkers and clients within the music industry. Through this job I met the second individual, Michael Eland, who helped me launch my career as a Music Producer and DJ. Thanks guys!
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