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

Hi Pags, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Full send or full send.

In my humble opinion, I think it is important to take risks – especially when you’re younger. Not many people know this but the illusion of safety is very real… and just that, an illusion. Safety doesn’t truly exist, it’s a constructed concept in our society. In this case, let’s use the idea of safety around a career… no one will tell you this but you can still fail at something you chose to ‘play it safe’ with. At the very least, I’d rather fail on my terms.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As far as the art goes, I’m a multi genre artist and producer who aims to make the music I listen to and enjoy. I try to do my craft at the highest level with layers of complexity yet trying to communicate it in a simple and digestible way.

How did I get here? Ambition, persistence, patience, faith, and a little bit of luck are the main ingredients to where I have landed today. There certainly have been times where I pat my own back and take all the credit from working as hard as I do, however, there are equally just as many other times that I was just lucky to be in the right spot at the right time, or have the right resources, or some lucky opportunity lands on my lap that I have nothing to do with but am incredibly grateful for.

It’s definitely not an easy road if you want to build something for yourself, there are so many challenges and things you have to (more like get to) overcome. Think about it, if you work for someone else in an office job, and let’s say a water pipe breaks, you call your boss and let him know it broke – but if you work for yourself and something goes wrong, it’s usually entirely on you to resolve said issue… but at the same time you get to be the captain of your ship, so there’s a tradeoff. Is it easy? No, is it worth it? Absolutely. I’m reminded everyday I’m making a dent in the universe and hopefully leaving this world a dash of a better place when I leave.

One thing I want the world to know is that we have energy and it is very real, it’s important to direct your energy internally instead of externally. Sounds woo woo and dirty hippie? It is. But too many people seek validation from there external world – they buy cars and clothes they can’t afford, they want to date people who don’t like them, they consume things that are really bad for their heart and mind, they put so much energy into external things like TV shows, pedestalizing celebrities, social media, etc. The list goes on… and I’m also not blaming them, nobody every taught them, and society is slow to do so. But I think the biggest thing I’d like to communicate is that I hope people direct energy inward and think about things that serve them. Be with people who love you for you, consume things that are good for your body and mind, and understand you don’t need to buy things to impress your real friends. And for the love of god, stop putting celebrities on a pedestal – understand if you put that energy and effort into yourself instead of them, you can achieve greatness too.

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 if you’re coming to Colorado, you definitely have to stop by the mountains at some point in your journey. I’d definitely take them to Boulder and go for a nice day hike. There are a lot of really great foodie places as well up there that I’d take them too. There’s a really legendary BBQ place in Longmont called ‘Georgia Boys’ that is mouthwatering delicious if BBQ is of their fancy.

I have some really cool friends so I’d probably take them to spend a night participating in shenanigans or game night activities with them – they’re a blast! I’d take them to Denver for one of the days and probably find something to do during the night.

If it was a cold season, I’d take them snow boarding and spend a night or two in Breckenridge, if it was a warm season, I’d take them mountain biking and spend a night or two in keystone.

I would definitely have a night recording in my holy grail of a studio.

Aaaand finally, I’d take them over to my mom’s house for one of the last nights – it’s a blast there and she makes sure everyone is fed!

There would certainly be a few things for us to get in to.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A few shoutouts – without the endearing and loving support from my mother, I can surely say I would not be where I am. Without my fathers ambition and drive, I certainly wouldn’t be where I am. My baby sister is a hoot. Additionally, I have a ton of friends who are basically family at this point who have been the greatest people on this earth for me. Thank you Ryan, Austin, Brandon, Paul, and many many many more.

Website: https://www.pagsmusic.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealpags/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-paglione-27704682/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pags_music

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pagsmusic​

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuFvAlMJeCFe_t4Ml6IxEzw

Other: My podcast is called ‘The Pagscast’ and can be found on all streaming platforms if you search it! Or press this link https://pods.link/us/i/1549565905

Image Credits
Brandon Goetz

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