Yea, I just moved away from New York for a minute to get a little fresh air and perspective.
I lived in San Francisco in my twenties from 2003-2009. It was a wild time. It just felt like a bunch of kids running around in a Neverland. It was beautiful, but also self destructive. In San Francisco I always felt like culturally I was taking, taking, taking and this was my opportunity to give back. When I started at El Rey, that was a meaningful time for me, and created this kind of biodome for myself and giving myself to New York. I think I was using it as a little redemption.
It was beautiful, but I wasn't really aware of what was going on around me politically and culturally. My whole world was around: a) that place and b) that industry. But it was a rocket ship that took me to all of these places in just a short time ...I never could’ve imagined it. Working on huge projects, a lot of press, being flown around, etc. My last year at El Rey I started to feel uneasy and noticing a change within myself and not necessarily in the direction I wanted to.