We had the good fortune of connecting with Josiah Rodriguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josiah, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
I’d have to say that the decision to not compare myself too closely with anyone else in my industry has made the biggest impact on my success and how I evaluate what success is in general. To an extent, I still have to keep up with the latest and greatest music production styles and sounds so that I have examples to pull from, but I have stopped trying to emulate them. This has allowed me to grow and find what sound’s best to me and my clients, and I think that it gives every project that I do its own unique qualities.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I keep myself busy by pushing myself to go above and beyond with each task I am hired to do. In a sense, I am constantly creating work for myself to make sure I deliver the best product that I possibly can. It could be very easy to do the bare minimum on something and get paid for it, but I am not interested in just skating by. If I am hired for a job, I immerse myself in it and maintain a steady and unwavering focus on it.
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.
Well, assuming that there is no longer a global pandemic, I would take them to Copper Star Coffee for a cup of Joe, Valley Bar to catch a show, Welcome Diner for dinner, and Casey Moore’s for a drink.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shoutout to Jeremy Parker and Randy Smith at Premier Studios in Phoenix, AZ. I interned for Jeremy and learned a lot from working under him. They both now allow me to work at Premier with clients they provide, as well as my own clientele.
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