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

Hi Sonny, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
The most difficult decision I have ever had to make was moving from Australia to the US to persue my career in music. This was a big decision as I had so many things to factor in. Moving my whole life to another country was more than just a plane ticket and a suitcase.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Im a recording Artist, music producer and song writer. Its taking a long time to get the point I’m at now. Over 10 years of music making and networking not to mention moving countries. there’s been a lot of hurdles to get to here including things like work visas and immigration status to deal with. These things have been harder then the music itself. learning how to move through and around all these obstacles is still the biggest struggle.

I started making music in Australia with not many people to work with, I had to tech myself production so I had some music to write and record songs too. I guess this was a blessing in disguise as I taught myself a whole bunch of extra music skills which I now use everyday. I went from working as a licensed Carpenter and Qualified Builder to Recording artist now living in Los Angeles working with big producers and musical talent everyday. The dream was always there but making it reality was going to be a lot harder than I ever thought.

After quitting my job and selling all my belongings including my houses, cars and even giving my dog away to my brother I made the move to the US. Not knowing anyone other than the people I had worked with over the internet it was a scary few months. Random Studio sessions in places iv never heard of, booking hotels in the wrong part of town, trying to get my credentials together so I could rent a place in LA. it was all so different to Australia and I didn’t have anyone to ask how to do it. I learnt a lot from these first few months in LA.

After being established for 6 months or so I had started making great connections and my music was being heard across town. I linked up with Aaron Reid and BL$$D, two Platinum producers and ever since we have been making music together. taking my artistry to new levels as well as my song writing and production skills.

I have now been here for almost 3 years and I love it, its been the best decision I have ever made whilst being the hardest decision I’ve ever made. I recently performed and opened for Roddy Rich at the Wisdome LA and if I never moved that would of never happened. Following your dreams and seeing them come to life is honestly the best thing ever and I couldn’t see my life in any other way.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite spots in LA are by the water. Nobu Malibu is by far my favorite restaurant and place to take friends and family visiting. I like to surf a lot too so although I’m in Hollywood I’m always by the water.

I like to take friends where they can get a good view of the city, Griffith Observatory, up Runyon Canyon for a hike and Rooftop bars and restaurants are always a must!

Also the best burgers in town for me are Shake Shack and Wendys haha

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would have to say my friends and family for encouraging me and supporting my dreams.

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James King

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