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Exclusive Interview With Mike Infante

Interview Mike Infante

Mike Infante is a rising star. He is a jack of all trades inspiring many around the world. Living with Cerebral palsy he doesn’t let anything stop him from doing anything he is making impacts all over California.  Infante is a wheelchair bodybuilder, Director, Actor, and a huge advocate for the disability community. He’s been in films such as “Sounds of the Streets”, “Mother”, “Exercise and Realize” alongside Stage credits such as ” White Christmas” ” Pandora” Legally Blonde the Musical, Dear Edwina, and many more. Aside from being a performer himself, he has done music videos for artists such as Hennybanga, Mulagang, S.Thugga, Ombe Manny, Katana, Shuggybo, Baby Zay, and many others. Infante has also been featured in Yahoo News, Los Angeles Tribune, Billboard, and many more. Mike hopes to inspire the younger generation of kids with disabilities to know they are not alone they can achieve anything hoping to pave the way for people with disabilities and even people without to show that anything is possible.

1. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Mike Infante: Growing up with a disability I got picked on a lot and teased in school.  I always knew that I was different from everyone else in that way. As I got older I  liked trying new things and ventures such as theater. Before that I did sports but with theater, I fell in love with collaboration and being treated as an equal.  When I was 11 years old I wanted to be on TV shows such as Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, etc but it wasn’t for the fame it was deeper than that I wanted to see someone like me with a disability. Later on, I pursued other ventures such as Wheelchair bodybuilding and Directing music videos.  From that moment everything changed I knew that I wanted to make a change and be heard raising awareness for disabilities and changing the stigma behind people with disabilities that we can’t do anything but prove that we can.
2. Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
Mike Infante: The most interesting story that has happened to me in my career so far is reading messages on social media from fans, and families saying that I am a huge inspiration for their children anytime they see my videos or anything they look at me and they see a person like them in the same circumstances.  It gives them hope and reassurance that things will get better. I get messages from The UK,  Japan, Australia, and many other places. It’s very surprising to me how Social media platforms are a great tool and the amount of networking I never thought I would have people following me from different places all around the world. It is heartwarming the impact it makes on people.
3. Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting?
Mike Infante: Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that? I honestly can’t recall a funny mistake when I first started. I take every day as a blessing and just absorb new knowledge.
4. What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
Mike Infante: A project I’m working on right now is The Cerebral Palsy Warrior Documentary directed by Bay Area native Bailey Standley. Coming soon the movement is just getting started.
5. Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like?
Mike Infante: Do you have any stories? I have met a lot of people in my life and they have become my best friends whether it be from the theater, bodybuilding, etc. At the end of the day, I want everyone to win and succeed. My best friend Seth taught me a lot when we were kids in a theater together. One of the things he told me that I will hold forever close to me in my heart is don’t ever listen to the hate or what people think about you, everyone is a star in their life in some shape or another the fight and journey are not done yet keep on pushing day by day the journey has just begun. Too much hate in this world spreads positivity and love, focus on your path and climb till you reach that goal.
6. Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Mike Infante: Tips I would recommend to people is to remember to enjoy the process and the climb. Don’t forget why you started and network have fun meeting new people.
 7. You have been blessed with success in a career path that can be challenging. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path, but seem daunted by the prospect of failure?
Mike Infante: Failure is an important thing but it is just a word of fear you can fail a thousand times but if you are able to learn from it that is very beneficial because life isn’t easy and whatever you are trying to pursue, understand life is a rollercoaster. But if we never fail, what’s the point or thrill of the drive for what we want? Use it as fuel to conquer your goals.
 8. Can you share with our readers any self-care routines, practices, or treatments that you do to help your body, mind, or heart to thrive?
Mike Infante: Kindly share a story or an example for each. I work out daily to get rid of stress and motivation to keep on fighting.
9. What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
Mike Infante: 5 things I wish someone told me when I first started is to enjoy the moments, the process, the hunger, and the drive knowing that day by day you are working towards a brighter day.
10. Can you please give us your favorite  “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
Mike Infante: My favorite quote is from the movie Rocky. “Eye of  The reason behind that is to me it means even when times get tough keep on fighting forward, focus on the goal and put your all into it. You are a fighter and the bell hasn’t rung yet.
11. None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Mike Infante: I am grateful for my family and friends that have been with me from the very beginning and even till now I am very thankful for the support of my team and the people around me.  I’m just trying to see us all win and succeed
 12. You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
Mike Infante: The movement I am growing right now is the Cerebral Palsy Warrior movement. Let’s spread love and positivity and fight the good fight.
13. We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂
Mike Infante: A person I would love to meet with or work with someday is Slyvester Stallone. He inspired me in many ways by watching the “Rocky ” movies.
14 How can our readers follow you online?
Mike Infante: Thank you for your time it was a pleasure doing this interview people can follow me on Instagram @Mikeyyinfante. 


Taking The Hip-hop World By Storm Feenix Forreal Stands Apart From The Rest

Feenix Forreal

Feenix Forreal has quickly taken over the hip-hop scene with his vulnerable lyrics and ability to write a relatable song that feels like he’s writing specifically for you. Through deeply earnest songwriting, Feenix is a brave voice for audiences navigating life’s challenges. 


Feenix’s music begins a new era as the artist continues to evolve. Feenix always finds a way to put his sunshine-laden melodies underneath lyrics that seem so simple on the surface but cut more profoundly with each listen. Feenix Forreal talked to us and answered our 11 unusual questions. Check it out below.

Honk: Let’s start by introducing ourselves. You know the basics, like your name, age, and where you’re from, as much or as little as you’re comfortable with.


Feenix: We can start with, “Who am I?” My name is Feenix, Feenix Forreal, and I am a 30-year-old recording artist from Atlanta, GA. I am mastering all the fields and genres of hip-hop.


Honk: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received concerning music?


Feenix: The best advice I received concerning music was that work on the art takes longer than overnight success.

Honk: What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?


Feenix: I would have spent more money on marketing and promotion and less in the studio until a certain point, but now I have an extensive catalog.


Honk: What is still your biggest challenge? 


Feenix: My biggest challenge is finding an authentic fan base besides the Discovery listeners. I like interacting with fans; they reach out more when they want the music.

Honk: What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?


Feenix: Music is a lifestyle; it keeps me going, and it’s saved my life many times. It gets me through the tough times.


Honk: If you could open a show for any artist, who would it be?


Feenix: Right now, Shordie Shordie, and Nas, with a mix of Benny the Butcher, represent two completely different eras and vibes. You can’t help but see the art. 

Honk: Could you talk me through your creative process?


Feenix: I can only describe the emotion. It’s a feeling, first and foremost.


Honk: How do you solve productivity/scheduling problems and reduce overwhelming situations?


Feenix: I usually have my personal life out of the way and have a calendar and reminders in the app on the go.


Honk: What are you focusing your time on now?


Feenix: The Art and Marketing of the Product of Music

Honk: How do you currently feel about the state of “your genre”? 


Feenix: Hip-hop is moving positively, with new and old energy emerging. 


Honk: How can our readers follow you online?


Feenix: You guys can follow me on all social media @whoisfeenix 

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Exclusive Interview with Danny Hughes (DCPA)

Please describe to our audience how you came about on the music scene and what is the biggest difference between your first piece of music to your latest! 

I was a musician growing up, and I played a few instruments (piano, guitar, trumpet). In high school I took a music production class and fell in love with the software, electronic production methods, song writing and scripting melodies. Although my passion for music took a back seat in college, I always contemplated what role it would play again in my life once I got settled as an accountant in Dallas TX in 2011. From my high school days through 2015 I watched the electronic music scene grow exponentially in the USA. I was always very much into European dance music early on. Eventually I realized that my favorite style of music and the showcase aspect of DJing went hand in hand and it all made sense. I wasn’t meant to remain a classical musician or play guitar in a band, I’m the type to go mad scientist in the studio and mesh all these different sounds together in a unique way, then bring it to a live audience while also sharing great music from other inspiring artists.

Initially, I was producing progressive house and trance instrumentals. I wasn’t too focused on the commercial aspect and had no idea where to find a vocalist or how that process worked. I outsourced some of the production work to a Netherlands based studio and eventually found a roster of vocalists via that outlet. I learned more about songwriting and producing music around existing vocals, enjoying the collaborative aspect. Over time since my first release in 2016 I’ve gotten a lot more flexible as to my style and making it commercial while keeping its integrity. I can thank the EDM stars who preceded me for acclimating society to electro-pop fusion. Lately I’m incorporating pop, electro-house, nu disco, and punk into my 2023 release plan! I’m aiming for the music to be edgy, catchy, and danceable.

What are you doing to push a positive message as the year comes to an end and there is a new beginning coming up with this new year?

I’m always looking to leave the listener feeling understood and empowered with my music. I want them to relate to it and be part of my ‘soul tribe’. It’s important as an artist to have a positive mission statement. We can be highly influential to people we’ll never meet, and in ways we don’t always see. Apart from the music I share, I only put out content with an insightful message, share my life experiences with a tempered mind, or post something funny/wholesome. Viral negativity is a real scourge these days.

Are there any rituals you have developed over the years that are helpful for any upcoming changes happening? 

I try to add creative value every day whether it’s many hours on one upcoming song or jumping around to many different ones. I keep a normal sleep schedule and get outside regularly; I stay active and eat well to keep a sharp mind and body. Live gigs are big physical and mental battles and aren’t always routine in nature. So being up to date on the latest music while staying organized with older libraries is important in being ready for anything. I check my gear regularly too, the last thing you want is to show up and your stuff doesn’t work as expected.

Could you talk about a success that happened this year that you would attribute to all your hard work?

I’ve been focused on growing my fanbase and traction on streaming platforms. It’s important that those can grow organically and generate ‘true fans’, not just play counts. Based on the relevant data, my Spotify grew 56% and is getting a lot more of that algorithmic traction, so I’m happy my efforts are paying off. Also, I reached the top 5% in Spotify artist rankings this past Fall for several months, and that was a shock! It really gave me perspective on how far I’ve come. Lastly I charted on iTunes House: Poland for ‘Iconic Love’ and iTunes House: United States for ‘Filmatic – Carefully Together (DCPA Remix)’.

Could you talk about an obstacle that you persevered through?

Times of loneliness are inherent to a music career, usually those are counterbalanced with moments of abundant attention from others. Personally, when going toward my music career, I accepted a reduction of income and really challenged my physical self. It’s a different world than my prior desk job but endlessly fulfilling in so many ways! In addition I’ve used music as a way to revisit past experiences and reconcile/transmute leftover and confusing energies. My latest track ‘I Feel It Too‘ is a perfect example of this.

How do you think these experiences have helped you shape your career and approach your music? 

It’s brought back a grittiness to my life; and though I value the time I spent in a corporate environment, I currently appreciate these new opportunities to fly by night and get out in front of new audiences, sharing my passion for music and a side of myself that was mostly hidden for many years. For a long time I was more reserved with my emotional energy but I’ve realized the value of honest and intense expression in life, spreading light through art and intend to fully embody this in my personal relationships as well.

How do you continue to develop your community of fans over the years? 

Being present and available is important. I see fans as being collaborators on a bigger project. To make that collaboration work, I know I need to show up in conversation and in my actions. By responding to others in a genuine way and appreciating everyone’s time and input, you start to feel a larger community forming around you and feel more significant and motivated in your role as an artist.

Thank you for sharing all your music with us! Can you give us any exclusive on more music coming up?

My next song is called ‘Broken Heart’. The chorus line for this electro-pop-punk track is “Someone tell me how to let it go…I don’t wanna feel this anymore.” Look for this track to drop in February or March 2023!

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