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

Hi Sloan, how do you think about risk?
The way I think about takings risks resembles a baby bird learning how to fly, which I know is so corny. But, it’s true the bird’s first risk in life is to fly and most of them fail because they don’t know how to, so they just fall or crash and they get up and do it again and again until they get it right. So what the risk is is that no matter how much you fail or succeed, you’re doing the thing that you want to do. For me becoming a full-time musician was my biggest risk. I didn’t know if I was going to get any gigs or will I get paid for these events. I had so much anxiety about this decision I felt as if I was wrong and I thought went down the wrong path. I started feeling better when I got more gigs and I was getting paid to do the job I love. So now I’m glad I took the risk, I had to do it because without me taking the risk, I wouldn’t know what I could/can do and I still don’t know.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m most proud of the freedom in my job, I can do whatever I want. There’s no “no” in my job, sometimes I’ll get odd looks here and there if something is not matching up but I have the freedom to do whatever I want and I also have the freedom to do what other people want from me. I have choices. I wouldn’t say I’m a professional yet but what got me to my position today was that I took music seriously. I started thinking more, I started practicing, and I started playing more. It’s a hard job because in your mind you’ll have doubts and confidence so you’re always going through crazy emotions, for me at least. The way I overcame it was by continuing to do it. My love for this is greater than anything anybody can say to me. One big lesson I learned was to just say “yes” to everything to good gigs and bad gigs, it just gives you something to do and you’re putting yourself out there for other people to see/hear you. I’m getting to the level where I can say “no” to gigs but I’m most likely going to yes. I want the world to know that I’m just getting started and expect the name, Father Sloan to pop up everywhere.

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.
You know I’m going to keep it close to home in Pasadena, Ca with a few spots out of town. First, we are going to go to my favorite coffee shop, Lavender and Honey. Top tier coffee, top tier staff, and top tier vibes. Then, we are going to go to Old Town Pasadena and walk around, shop, and live the Pasadenan lifestyle. Next, we are going to go to the San Dimas hiking trails and do the whole trail. By that time, we’d go home and get ready for the nightlife. In my eyes, we’re going to go to a bar with live music but you can never go wrong with a Pasadena classic “Barney’s Beanery” if you’re not trying to go out too far. You’ll see all your peoples there from homies to teachers. That’s the spot for sure. There are also a couple of other bars around too, so bar hopping is always fun to do. But, we are going to end the night with some fire Mexican food from “Viva” Tacos La Estrella and head up to my favorite view the looks over the golf course behind the Rose Bowl.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First I got to shout out to my family for the support. There are a lot of people I can shout out but I’m going to keep it to a few major people that help/helped me. My mom was a real big inspiration for me to be a musician, she wasn’t a musician but she just loves music, especially the drums. She put me into a program called “Drum-Central” which is a really good foundation for young musicians to really get close to the music, to the drums, to the knowledge, and to just make friends. Varetta Heidelberg who is the director pushed me to do a lot of the work there, from setting up drums to helping out with her other events and even teaching new younger students. She set me on a “get it done now” mentality. I also go to a community college called Citrus College. The music program is top tier, they set us up for the professional lifestyle and give us gigs all the time. Gino Munoz and Alan Waddington are the teachers that run programs that I am in and they’re great mentors who do this for the love of students’ success. There’s one more person I have to shout out to, his name is Trevor Lawrence Jr. His level of success is what I imagine being. He’s a versatile musician and a great businessman and does more on top of that. So I have to shout out the goat!!!

Website: https://soundcloud.com/fathersloan

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fathersloan/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIKVreaN6tiLnEMQQrHJPNw

Image Credits
Maria Luiza Weyne

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