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Inspirational Meet: Danny Maloney

23 Dec

As many of you know, I spend most of my writing time at IceFire Hookah Lounge, because I love the friendly atmosphere and music. For my post today, I wanted to show how wonderful my experience at IceFire has been by introducing my friend, Danny Maloney, who DJs there.

At 19 years old, Danny Maloney DJs at IceFire Hookah Lounge and Llwellyn’s Bar. His mixes are involved in the Flohawke Label, an up-and-coming label from downtown Kansas City, and, most recently, he won a DJ competition at DanceFestopia in 2012.

His music and his passion is an inspiration to me, showing young adults can succeed at their dreams, so I interviewed him to encourage all of you to follow yours as well.

Enjoy! And listen to his mixes (which are fantastic.) I linked them below the interview, and I hope you hear his passion as much I as witness it every day.

Tell me about yourself. What’s your passion, how old are you, and at what age did you find your passion or decide to stick with it?
 Was there a turning point where you knew this was your passion?


I’m 19. My passion is being a DJ and music in general. I found my passion when I was 16, but I decided to stick with it at 18, because I was DJ-ing for a rapper at the time. We did two concerts, opening for Vanilla Ice, and another show for Mac Miller. The concerts allowed me to realize I could truly follow my passion.

Photo by @TaylorLamb (twitter credit)

Photo by @TheTaylorLamb (twitter credit)

What are daily things in your life that you do in order to bring your passion out and inspire yourself?


 I spend about an hour to two hours a day “digging,” which is searching through the internet for new tracks that I believe with become popular from artists on-the-rise. I also network as much as I can, especially for local DJs to help support the scene, and their passion as well as my own.

What inspires you?


I’m inspired by the love for the music. Whether it’s a crazy bass-line or a harmonically beautiful melody, every day I’m inspired by any type of genre and decade of music. If I could have my way as a DJ, I would spin the 90′s, because I believe it’s the most passionate genre, such as Third Eye Blind, Everclear, and Blink-182 (etc.)

Finally, what would you say to someone else that would encourage them to follow their dreams, especially at a young age?





You can do it. If you have the drive, wants, need, and motivation, you can do it. If you don’t have all of those, then you certainly don’t want to pursue it for the rest of your life. This is what defines passion. If you don’t think, breathe, and dream your passion, then it’s obviously not something you want to make a living out of and do for the rest of your life.

Listen to Danny’s music, streamed via SoundCloud here.

He’s also on Bandcamp.com here, and, of course, you can join him on twitter here.

~SAT

Inspirational Meet: Grace Griffin

8 Oct

As some of my regulars probably already noticed, I have a new photo for my site, and I am very excited to share the inspiring photographer behind the camera. Grace Griffin, the photographer, is an amazing woman—she’s found her passion and is following her dreams at the age of 21. As you will read in this interview, Grace’s daughter, Autumn, unfortunately passed away from SIDS (And you can donate to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) with the link at the bottom of this page), yet she’s turned tragedy into art, and I think her way of living—her life, passion, and art—is inspiration for all of us to live our lives fully and explore the art of passion and understanding.

Without further ado:

Tell me about yourself. What’s your passion, how old are you, and at what age did you find your passion or decide to stick with it?
 Was there a turning point where you knew this was your passion?


I am 21. I have a lot of passions, really, narrowing them down is difficult. I have loved reading and writing (poetry and novels) since I learned to at age three, but the love of photography has been rapidly growing since last year. I always loved talking pictures; I get that love from my dad, I think, who has been at it for a long time. But when my daughter died last September, I just sort of threw myself into it. At first it was to keep myself busy… I had no idea how therapeutic this art form would be.

What are daily things in your life that you do in order to bring your passion out and inspire yourself?


 I take the time to really look at things. People, animals, plants. I like to think of different ways they could be viewed not only by myself, but by others. 
I also never reject anything I feel. No one can really push emotions away. I don’t try. I use my emotions to create art. Be it a picture that draws a smile, or a poem that draws a tear. Emotion is my fuel, really.

What inspires you?


Everything. People, mostly. Relationships, love, anger. All of these things are so beautiful. 
Autumn is my favorite season (a reason why that was my daughter’s name) and it is highly inspirational to me. Even the smell gives me a high.

Finally, what would you say to someone else that would encourage them to follow their dreams, especially at a young age?





You can’t make everyone happy. You can only make yourself happy. If you spend your whole life living it for someone else, it isn’t really yours. As far as we know, this life is all we have. Find out what it is you want, and don’t stop until you get it. Don’t regret, learn. Don’t hope, make it happen.

 

Visit Grace’s photography page, Autumn Fog Photography, here.

 Donate to SIDS here.

~SAT

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