We had the good fortune of connecting with Shay Adefeso and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shay, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance as an entrepreneur has was pretty tough in the beginning. I’ve learned to look at it more like a cycle than an achievement I work towards. I try to take a step back and ask myself: What is currently causing me stress, unbalance, or dissatisfaction? How are these circumstances affecting how I perform and engage with my job? How are they impacting my personal life? What am I prioritizing? What am I sacrificing? What is getting lost? Only after you take a mental pause and acknowledge these factors can you begin to tackle them.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets my art apart from others is that I still have that old school soul sound. There was a study that 70% of current music are older songs. I’ve used the music I grew up on from my parents era and put my own style to it and I think it’s a sound that is starting to come back around. I got where I am professionally through internships starting at Sony in 2016. It’s been a hard road since then since then. Had people in my circle who shouldn’t have been around who slowed down the process. Really just overcame all of it by removing those people from life and really putting my all into the music and perfecting the sound I wanted others to here. A huge lesson in all of it is stay focused on your craft if that’s really what you want to do. Don’t let others dreams for you stop you from what you want to do. I would want the world to know that my story is a story of perseverance. Someone who achieved quite a bit despite being against all odds not too long ago.
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.
My friends and I are all big basketball fans. Along with music it’s what brought us together so catching a Laker game is definitely a must. They aren’t all that good right now but it’s still a thing we’d have to do. Then we’ll hit Santa Monica. Theres good beach views and vibes out there. I currently live in the Arts District in downtown L.A. which i think has the best restaurants in LA. A place I’ve been going to a lot lately is Ufuri. shout out to them. It’s a ramen spot which is absolutely amazing. Hollywood has some of the best record stores in the city, Amoeba Music is a popular one that I like to go. Melrose is what I like to call the fashion hub of LA. You can kind of see how fashion is trending in the city over there along with that they have dope sneaker stores which is always cool. Then end the week off at the Griffith Observatory. A beautiful that overlooks the city we live in.
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?
My family deserves a lot of credit in my journey so far. I’m an independent contractor as well as running an independent label. The route I’ve chosen is pretty unconventional for my family as not a lot of them are in entertainment but they’ve backed me 100% and continue to push me to go even further in my career even though I’ve had a little but if major success already.