We had the good fortune of connecting with pnkblnkt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi pnkblnkt, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
For me, it hasn’t really felt like a choice. Making music is so integral to who I am now that I don’t think I’d be able to stop even if I wanted to. The happiness I feel from making a good song, working with artists and friends that I respect and look up to, and bringing joy to others through music is unmatched by anything else I’ve experienced. I want to live the most fulfilled life possible, and I’m confident the way I can positively impact the most people is through my music.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My main trade is music production, but I think there are a few things that set me apart from other producers. First, I’m more forward-facing by releasing my own music, videos, merch, and digital campaigns. Playing the role of an artist myself gives me unique insight into what vocalists deal with and give me a better understanding of their perspective in the studio and in life. I’m most excited about continuing to work with new artists that excite me and finally finishing the album I’ve been working on and sharing that with the world. It’s been a long time coming, but I feel like I’m in the best place I’ve ever been in artistically and I’m excited to share what has come of it. It’s taken me 10 years to get where I am now, and I still feel like I have a long way to go but every song, every video, and every collaboration brings me closer to my vision. I’ve hit roadblocks along the way but somewhere deep inside of me, I have an unshakable certainty that I am on this Earth to make and share art and I refuse to let anything stop that. I work hard to always be solution-focused and remind myself that every “no” is just one more step closer to a “yes”. It’s simple advice, but I believe it with my whole heart – it doesn’t matter where you currently are, as long as you’re moving in the right direction you will get to where you want to be. So don’t give up and keep going!
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?
I just moved to LA a few months ago so I’m not super familiar with everything this town offers, but if we had any free time outside of sessions I’d maybe take them on a hike to Runyon Canyon or the Griffith Observatory, shopping on Melrose or at the Grove, or check out all the cool records/memorabilia at Amoeba. I feel like a trip to the beach is nice… but not essential haha.
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 want to shout out Jordan Punzalan, my brother and right-hand man. We’ve been working together for years now and I don’t know anyone with better taste, focus, or knack for ingenuity. He’s constantly challenging me and making sure we hold ourselves to the highest standard possible. He has the best ideas and whenever I’m struggling with a concept, he either has the answer or asks the perfect question to help me re-frame it in a new way. Shoutout to you Jordan – I love you, bro.
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