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Daily Inspiration: Meet Michael Veloso

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Veloso.

Hi Michael, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
New York City and Las Vegas have been called home for the last twenty years, which projected my soul outward, like trying to breathe hot air into one’s hands on a cold day. Time spent during the pandemic caught a glimpse of what one can do when thoughts are directed inward by loving oneself and feeding the mind. Those hours spent solo relearning my craft (guitar) and learning new aspects (music business and EDM) brought me to Kansas City as a new trek, uncomfortable without knowing what lies ahead. I arrived in Kansas City about two weeks ago, and every day has been better than the day before. My days are spent hitting the gym, and my nights are spent making music and networking. Thanks for such a warm welcome, Kansas City!

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
My years in NYC represented the rat race, with years of no vacation and long hours of work compounded by a high tolerance for alcohol. I lost my humanity and could not play guitar for a few years from a lack of practice. I view the pandemic as the point where things could turn around. I decided to be a human again by exercising, reading, and learning something every day. The hardest part was not living in the past. I have a lot of stories about my previous lifestyle that could be a sitcom, or along with many of my NYC friends, we could fill a coffee table book about the Lower East Side. This period was for the young, the spontaneous, and the marathon binges. We were on top of the world. It took many years to overcome how awesome those years were and move on. There could be no way I could live like that without returning to my old habits.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I have a bachelor’s in performance in classical guitar. After graduating, I spent the next ten years in a band in the east village while waiting tables at fancy restaurants and maintaining the party-at-night lifestyle. Then I spent the last five years in Las Vegas away from the spotlight, learning a new skills such as music production and engineering. I make music for sync licensing. I take some time to write a piece of music and present it to different companies as big as YT and as independent as the coffee shop around the corner. I am still following the dream of being a full-time musician. I will be sixty and still be wearing jeans with a fender telecaster in my lap.

As musicians, we all fill a need for anyone with open ears. The beauty of musicianship is that we can complement each other sonically. As a solo musician, I am confident that my sound is suitable for someone and not so esoteric as to exclude the basic listener. We are all meant to be part of it. My ear sets me apart from others. I will be the one in the back of the studio who hears the anomaly in the mix no one notices.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
Yes, wear headphones when living with others and learn mom’s cooking.

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