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

Hi Thomas, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
The reason why I choose a career in the arts… Well to be completely honest, nothing else made sense to me. I was always a musician growing up, my dad gifted me my first guitar at 6 years of age. So music was my first love. As I got older… I knew even if I had nothing but music, I’d be happy. So I took the Plunge. Most artists/creatives run into a moment in their life where they have to choose between struggling doing what you love, or keeping a secure job/situation. There is a beauty to the former choice that still drives me today. When you first start your personal endeavor to follow your dreams, or even simply do what you want… Theres a time where being uncomfortable is forced upon you. I learned to love this period. its what pushes me to do more… Today the struggle is a lot less apparent for me but i’ll still put myself in situations I may not be ready for to force me to get to the next place in this crazy thing we call life

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.
in late 2015 me and Trey Findley began to build what at the time was our most ideal studio. Today that studio is called pattern recordings. It was the third studio I had built to date, and we strived to make it perfect for our individual needs. We bit off more than we could chew, the build was a lot to take on and as a result we both had to put a lot of other things on the back burner. To finance the studio we were mainly traveling all over the country doing live sound in a high stress environment. Though it took a lot out of me, i learned a lot about working under pressure and how to make anything happen no matter the circumstances. I personally lost a relationship with a very close person to me in the chaos of being extremely busy. One of the biggest things I’ve learned is to always make time for the people you love. On a brighter note…. Eventually the studio became functional and we began to record ourselves and our close friends. I soon started taking production and recording jobs through word of mouth. People talk, and just like that the studio started to become what it is today.

we specialize in live performance music. We put a lot of attention and detail into our rooms, mic placement, mic choice etc in order to get the best results out of the performers that come through our studio. Not to mention how to bring out the best in each individual performer. We always feel that rather than pulling sounds off of a computer, its worth it to take the time and effort to record something completely unique.

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?
As soon as they step foot of the plane were hitting,,,, yep an in-n-out, it may be a bit of a cliche but lets be honest, a lot of great things fall victim to this accusation. not to mention with all the closures here in Los angeles due to covid 19, its one place i know will always be around. Second i would take the to the culver stairs for a look at Los angeles from the south side. Give them a peek at the anti idealistic view of the city. The next spot would be mao’s in venice, then a stare into the void that is the great pacific ocean. It still boggles my mind that a lot of people have yet to see the ocean. There’s something about the grand nothingness it is that makes me feel like a tiny pebble in the universe

Anyways…
Live music is one of the most exciting aspects of los angeles, and while ye ole covid has us missing out on that at the moment im gonna dream big here and say well soon be back to going out to places like the echo, the smell, the bootleg, or some local bars with live acts like Davy Wayne’s or no vacancy.

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?
Shoutout to my Parents! Being a first generation Mexican/American is a blessing and I can only thank the people that brought me into this world. The hardships they faced is what keeps me going, Knowing they overcame all odds to be where they are is what pushes me to be my best and make them proud.

Shoutout to Darryl Swann for being my most trusted mentor,
Shout out to my friends and bands i work with,
Big shouts to the war toys those guys are the coolest.
Big shouts to Peyote Beats, as well as my partner here at Pattern Recording Cole Bingham.
All hail the big guy Phillip M , at PM studios for helping to foster a community in which we can take part in the modern magic that is music.

Website: www.patternrecordingstudio.com

Instagram: @patternrecordingstudio @thefuckingsun

Image Credits
Cole Bingham Zac Gatherum

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