We had the good fortune of connecting with Sean Mullaney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sean, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
After returning home from across the pond, creating a musical duo was the most sensible pathway to reestablish our musical roots back in our hometown. We have both worked together quite a bit in the past, but never on our own project. Alex was also really interested in learning to play the piano again and she wanted to challenge herself to improve by playing publicly. We both pooled all the songs we knew together into one big list, we realized we had a wonderful set between the two of us, and Soulstice Sound was born. This journey has not been short of challenges, but ultimately it has paved the way to amazing connections with old friends and new colleagues.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We are a married, multiple instrument-playing, child rearing acoustic duo. Therein lies many challenges of work life balance, creative disagreements, and the grind of building your reputation as a new project to name a few. We have gotten to where we are with an incredible amount of hard work and accountability. We used to think that success was traveling all around the world and playing for enormous venues. We did that, and it was great, but as we grow we find creating community through music in our own backyard even more valuable.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Arizona truly has some of the most enjoyable restaurants and places to check out. Arizona has some of the most magnetic hiking trails that can make even the most stressed out person feel peaceful. We would love to go to Sedona in the middle of the week to avoid crowds and venture through some of the most beautiful and picturesque hikes. In Phoenix a great night would be dining at Taco Guild and checking out a local show at Crescent Ballroom or Copper Blues Phoenix!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A huge shoutout to Brock Pro Entertainment and Todd Middleman for your encouragement and mentorship
Last photo with Sean leaning back is Blushing Cactus Photography