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

Hi Pete, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
This is an interesting question for me. I feel that many people avoid taking risks throughout their lives because of a fear of failure. for most of my life I’ve chosen to set realistic goals for myself whether it was in education or my career. by my early 30’s I had mostly achieved what I aimed to accomplish. this definitely grew my confidence as I was learning so much in the music industry. through years of retail experience & a constant passion for creativity within making music I realized I was ready for a challenge.

In 2008 I was vetted to open & operate a new record store in LA that focused on vinyl. not only a format that I was steadily championing but also outsider/underground genres of music that appealed to me and many others who participated in the metal, punk, noise & experimental scenes. the experience of helming all the primary positions of a new & used record store gave me even more prowess in a evolving competitive So Cal music market.

Ultimately you could say I failed. Seemingly the first time in my life that I had given everything I had to sacrifice for a venture that didn’t succeed. however it’s certainly more complicated than my own inabilities to make the business work. I’m grateful for the opportunity that allowed to me learn and excel in an incredibly complicated hustle of a business.

I’ve never regretted leaving the comfort, security and of course health insurance that my worker bee job provided. It was an invaluable experience that benefits me to this day. I’ve opened myself up so much more creatively since then with the knowledge attained from those trials & tribulations.

you gotta take a chance sometimes if you’re truly attempting to live a life that you can say is yours!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
basically my passion & curiosity have paved the way for me. If you don’t have the drive to create & learn, maybe even unlearn, you’ll never get anywhere. it all starts within yourself and wanting without fear of shame. It takes time to be a genuine person. If you’re looking for immediate success then you’re probably already compromising yourself in a disingenuous manner.

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.
that’s tough in LA. I mean it’s easy but there’s so many awesome restaurants, landmarks, venues etc. I always enjoy small clubs/venues. especially when you can expose someone to an experience they haven’t had before. most of my go-to places aren’t really an option these days due to COVID. They’ve either closed temporarily or aren’t a possibility in the plague times.

Normally a night at The Smell or Handbag Factory in DTLA to see live music would be a great start to the evening. follow that with a taco truck of your choice, for me Taco Zone in Echo Park, then maybe a nightcap at the Tiki Ti.

plenty of the regular tourist LA stuff that everyone does. The Observatory/Griffith Park, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Venice Beach boardwalk, movie at the Egyptian or Chinese theatres…plus so many great old school/dive bars to get into trouble at ; )

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Amoeba Music & everyone I’ve ever created music with…you know who you are!

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