We had the good fortune of connecting with Randal Fisher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Randal, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
When the idea of pursuing the arts as a career choice was introduced to me, it was clear that it was more than just a job. It was an entire lifestyle, a higher calling, a purpose that is bigger than just going to work and making money. i was privileged enough to be around artists who embodied their art in such an inspiriting way that I couldn’t help but desire to experience that myself. I think it was best decision I’ve ever made.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve played music now f0r 21 years now. I usually tell people that I play any music that could have saxophone in it. I play in all kinds of different horns sections, big bands, and small combo ensembles for various kinds of genres and rhythms from all over the world. This life can definitely be challenging, stressful, and sometimes full of disappointment, but through it all the love that i have for the music is all the motivation i need to continue my lifelong pursuit of self expression and creativity. Being exposed to such a wide variety of music has exposed me to the cultures that coincide with the different styes that i play and I have had the opportunity to join with people and go places I never would’ve known about otherwise.
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.
The first place I would want to go to is the World Stage in Leimert Park. It’s absolutely my favorite place to hear music and the people there are a strong beautiful community of artists who are upholding the rich history of jazz in los angeles. Next, there is a beautiful new venue in hollywood called Mr Musichead that features some fo the best live music you can find in the whole country much less the city. There’s always incredible concerts going at the Ford just across the way from the hollywood bowl. The Baked Potato in the Valley, The Lodge Room in Highland Park, We’d get sushi in little tokyo, depending on the week, one of the greatest bands in town right now is a group of my friends called Katalyst who have regular night at the Townhouse in Venice beach, and there’s many more spots all over town that have incredible bands playing. I’d try to represent LA as much as possible.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
some of my teachers, Rickey Washington, Reggie Andrews, and John Scott have given me the support, and knowledge to do what I love for a living and I am eternally grateful for their monumentous contribution to my life.
Chuck Koton and Sam Lee