We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Husle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mike, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I love this question because I feel like I’m experiencing a major shift in my lifestyle as a music producer/entrepreneur. Work/life balance can mean something different to everybody, but at the end of the day I believe that it always comes down to one thing… priorities. Your priorities are directly correlated to your goals, whether life or career. This being said, you have to understand that you will need to make certain sacrifices to accomplish your goals. Happy with a normal life? You’re in luck, the path of least resistance requires the least sacrifice. And might I add that there is absolutely nothing wrong with finding happiness in a simple lifestyle. On the other hand, someone who’s heart desires more from life, and commits to entrepreneurship must understand that to live how most don’t, you must do what most won’t. So you have to ask yourself “What will I sacrifice?”. Whether that be instant gratification, or your dreams… a choice will be made. There is no neutral ground.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a music producer before anything else. I played the drums my whole life, and picked up FL Studio when I was 14 years old. Music is a part of me. Being who I am, I strive to understand all aspects of what I do, and am striving towards a career as an Executive Producer as well. Having started by putting together my own project called “Project Mode” produced entirely by me. Handpicking each artist within my reach to fit each songs best interest has been challenging yet fun. This project has definitely pushed me to improve on communication of vision, leadership, system optimization, and creative direction. I’ve spent years making beats that were heard by no-one other than myself, comparing to reference tracks, studying my favorite producers, and songs sound by sound to understand what it is that works. Having put in the work, and in full awareness of my room for growth I trust me ear and always prioritize the records best interest, artists whom I’ve worked with can attest to that. I would most definitely say that loving what I do has been the driving force that has kept me going when things have gotten hard. I don’t see myself existing as anyone else, and even when adversity hits I find joy and fulfillment in creating what I do.
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.
I’d definitely take them to Myto Music Studios. Myto has some of the best energy I’ve ever felt in a studio space. On the way out I’d take them by the World of Food Trucks by Old Town where they can choose from a plethora of food trucks from different parts of the world. If anyone can top that place tell them I’m all ears. As for night life, I can’t say I ever go to the club without thinking about how I should be at the studio working, but on a day off I’d take them to the Robinson to catch a cool vibe. Or even better yet, lets go to an escape room.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost nothing is possible without God, He has blessed me with talent, and vision that I use to inspire others and live by example. I owe it to my parents for always pushing me to “find my north”, for always supporting and respecting my decisions, even when they didn’t see my vision. I understand that I am very blessed to have the support system that I have and I never take it for granted. In addition, I’d like to give a shoutout to Stein of @_steinandco for offering guidance and insight on the challenges involved in going against the grain and finding oneself over the years. Everyone involved in establishing @itsbopsquad will always have a place in my heart. As for books, “Think & Grow Rich”, “Outliers”, and “48 Laws of Power” have all contributed towards my progress in more ways than one. I highly recommend em!