KINGVEGAS plays bass, guitar, the Warr Guitar, drums, sings, produces, performs, writes music and spends the other few hours of the day sleeping, eating or riding his motorcycle. (OK- and spends time with his wife and kids, too)
He has been playing music professionally for 30 years and has performed with a wide variety of artists including his own original group Smokstik, the Blue Man Group, Jim Infantino and many others.
KINGVEGAS currently performs with a number of cover groups as well as writing, producing and performing music for his own original group.
KINGVEGAS rides his Honda CBR 600RR daily and year-round and loves to hit curvy country roads. He aspires to do a track day someday soon.
Check back often to see what’s up with KINGVEGAS and his musical and motorcycle adventures.
In my experience there are three aspects of daily life: what you have done, what you’re doing and what you’re going to do. Often, however, our past informs our present decisions and dictates our future. Is your past paralyzing you today so that you’re not *progressing* toward tomorrow? I have discovered that my limiting beliefs have most likely prevented me from realizing my full potential and caused me to fall short of achieving my larger goals.
What is a “limiting belief”? A limiting belief is a condition in which our past fears, failures and conditioning create self-imposed internal limits on our current potential. The beliefs that “I’m not good enough” or “I don’t deserve to be successful” or “successful people are different from me” are examples of limiting beliefs. We often dictate our own level of success and prosperity not only by our physical circumstances but by our view of who we are and what we are capable of. If you believe that you can’t do something then whether you had the *potential* to be successful or not you will very likely sabotage your efforts due to your belief from the outset that you will fail.
As I am sorting through my own limiting beliefs I first want to figure out what my *dreams* were as a kid. What did I want to *be*? The answer is pretty simple- a Rockstar! I idolized a number of legendary musicians and longed to do what they were doing, make the kind of amazing music that they did and live the rockstar lifestyle. What did I do to try to achieve those dreams? I practiced every moment that I could, I formed bands, got into bands, learned songs, wrote songs, grew my hair, exercised every day and stayed fit and trim, wore “cool” clothes, etc. I could play really well, I looked good, I was fun to watch, I was performing all the time and yet I wasn’t a rockstar! What did I do wrong???
So flash forward 30 (!!!) years and let’s take a look at my particular story. First of all upon reflection I believe that I have become disillusioned over the years due to my lack of success at achieving my childhood dream of being a “rockstar”. Over the last few years my efforts are less bold and more tentative, my appearance is less rock n roll entertainer and more “looks good for his age”, my musical performances are more out of necessity than passion or pupose and my dream of rock stardom remains elusive.
The enigmatic nature of success in the music business is no secret but the keys to success seem to be. Most of my musical peers from my younger years have achieved roughly the same level of success that I have or less. I know of very few that have broken out and achieved rockstar status or even established careers as full-time pro musicians in the *music* business. Most everyone has deferred to the predictable income of cover band jobs and/or day jobs and all but given up on making careers as recording artists and/or touring musicians or just given up entirely. Many have also fallen far behind in their musical tastes and being aware of what ever-evolving audiences want to hear. Those who refuse to change with the times seem to get left behind. As an aside I find this issue to be an intriguing characteristic in light of the assumed creative nature of the musician aka “artist”. While I myself have likes, dislikes and my own set of musical tastes I appreciate the fact that music- whether it is “commercial” or not- is still an art form and is constantly evolving and being renewed and refreshed by successive generations of fans and artists.
I suppose that another element of limiting beliefs that I’ve experienced in the music business is the compensatory overinflated ego. In light of failing to achieve one’s goals this personality type tends to deem the goal unreachable and so instead creates a circumstance in their own mind where their ego considers themselves to be successful without actually reaching their goals. To these egotists people who are successful are thought to achieve their goals through elements of luck and entitlement as opposed to skill and perseverance. Some will even deem themselves in their imitation of other artists as “better than the original” even though they didn’t create, produce or promote the material that they are performing. It’s not “fake it til you make it” but “fake it cuz you *didn’t* make it”.
Developing the ability to be objective about our goals, our efforts and our potential is not easy but perhaps the most difficult part is being able to see ourselves- and the world- clearly and without the baggage of negative past experiences and/or conditioning. Getting in the habit of being reflective but detached and looking at ourselves and our situation in perspective is a healthy way to be more successful in our efforts to achieve our goals and dreams in life.
Being willing to let go of past issues that may hold us back or negatively color our thinking is absolutely necessary to be a *successful* entertainer. Past failures and disappointments can prevent us from pursuing opportunities today and put us in a state of paralysis regarding our progress in life. In order to move forward we need to learn to let go of the past and accept failure and disappointment as a part the struggle to succeed in life. Simply put- not everything that we do is going to work out and we need to learn to pick ourselves and keep swinging until we succeed. Successful people aren’t people who don’t fail- they are people who didn’t quit.
What are some of your limiting beliefs and how did you let them go?
((This is an email that I sent out to my email list recently. I would like to share it with the rest of the world, too.))
I hope that you’ve had a great week. I sure have!
Sure, I faced some obstacles this week, felt a little frustration, dealt with a little drama and wanted to just give up a few times but I made it to Friday!
Life isn’t always rainbows and unicorns but I can’t stress how important a POSITIVE ATTITUDE can be. I’d like to share a scientific term with you called OBJECT FIXATION. I learned about this phenomenon as a new motorcyclist. We human beings tend to go in the direction of whatever we focus on. In the case of controlling a motorcycle it is important to recognize obstacles in the road but to *focus on the escape route*. Since we have the tendency to go towards whatever we focus on if we focus on the obstacle we will run right into the very thing that we’re trying to avoid. more »
I’m directing this post at myself but I see my issues in others as well. Are You Stunting or Punting???
In other words- are you making things happen with your business (“Stunting”) or hoping that someone or something is going pull you up (“Punting”)?
I feel like I’m doing a bit of both as I’m still learning how to be a “Stunter” and changing old, ineffective habits. What I have been doing hasn’t been working to my satisfaction so I need to switch things up. I also need to focus on activities that are more productive in terms of helping me to achieve my goals. more »
Ever heard of the term “Starving Artist”? I’ve lived it many times over the years. Paying your dues. Waiting for the big break. Waiting to get discovered. Eating ramen and mac n cheese meal after meal…
When pursuing the arts as a vocation or career what is often glossed over is the actual process of monetizing your efforts. My personal experience in secondary musical education was one of brutal condescension and myopia from instructors who made a living as instructors- not artists or performers. The instructional component that actually addressed procuring employment in your chosen field was- and is to my knowledge- sorely lacking. Especially considering the nature of seeking employment in the music industry as most music jobs won’t be found in your standard classified ad section. I know of many talented musicians still working low-wage jobs and playing many cheap music gigs while paying off their pricey applied music degrees that are meaningless for getting them paying music gigs. more »
My main bass for the last year and change has been the awesome and affordable Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V (5-string). Though I have a number of other instruments that are a bit more pricey and possess features like active electronics, snazzy hardware and so forth I really wanted a bass that I could play for rock and pop gigs that was comfy, looked nice and wasn’t too intimidating to the average musician or fan. Oh- and I wanted it to sound good, too.
I have to admit it- I’m not a morning person. Yes- I might get up earlier than your average musician sans hangover but I don’t really get cooking until lunchtime then I’m good til the late night. That being said- sometimes I really feel kinda funky (in a not-good way) in the morning and I need a little pick me up to get me motivated. A little sugar and caffeine doesn’t exactly hurt but what really elevates my mood is a funky groove in my head. more »