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Mitchell Acoustic/Electric Guitar

Don’t Be Your Own Roadblock

Getting out of your own head Making music is such a journey. Like other jobs, it too takes a strong work ethic to maintain consistency with your abilities and then strengthen them, refine them. But to make music, there must be inspiration and the ability to stay out of your own way and let the …

Planet Mischief - Streets of South Central

Music that inspires more music

Walking down the streets of South Central Los Angeles as a kid listening to cuts from Slayer’s Seasons in the Abyss as well as the many different styles of music that roared from cars passing by and hifi stereo systems blasting out the windows of my neighborhood, was and is music that inspires the sound I …

Jaime of Planet Mischief having a beer while djing

The Best Time To Have A Drink | Musicians and Drinking Alcohol

To drink or not to drink So I spent the last 3 months getting ready to get on stage. Countless hours of exercise even more hours of practice and sacrificing a good time out with the boys just to make sure my chops are solid and I look great on stage. Well, more like look …

Cultivating Music that Crosses the Lines Between Genres

Making music without boundaries Growing up, I listened to a lot of rock music. I remember saying things like, “a drum machine isn’t a drummer!” Jaime was in a metal band and thought something similar toward keyboards: that they don’t belong in metal. Maybe it comes with maturity, maybe with inspired teaching methods that allow …

Orange County School of the Arts Building in Orange County

Music Education | Lack of Community Support

Why are music programs dwindling? Music education was once instilled in the public education system as – not only a desired option – but a necessary program for children’s enrichment. Slowly, however, support for these programs has gone on the decline. With diminished support for music education, children are suffering from this lack of an outlet …

Cut Elements band works on an acoustic set at the planet mischief headquarters

Seeking a Music Career | Societal Shaming

Choosing to be a musician Musicians, namely rock musicians, are often associated with a life of partying and no limits. Rock stars are known to trash hotel rooms, drink and get loaded, stay up all hours of the night, and shirk normal day‐to‐day responsibilities. This is true for some, but not for all people who …

Shannon doing sound design with some corn

The Beat of My Own Drum

When you need that extra something Getting into electronic music about 10 years ago opened up all sorts of possibilities in songwriting for me. Taking the mentality of a sound designer, composer and producer instead of just a songwriter takes things to a whole new level. Sometimes it’s easy to feel limited to the instruments that …

Where does your inspiration come from?

Where Does Your Inspiration Come From

I’ve been stuck on this tune for days Sometimes the music just pours out like piss after too many beers at the Red Lion.  Then there are those days when I start off with a great idea and eventually hit a point where nothing comes out anymore.  I try the usual things, like stepping away …

Jaime Morales - Producer/songwriter and drummer at Planet Mischief

Jaime Morales

Jaime Morales, drummer and founder of Planet Mischief, has had a seasoned musical journey that began by playing trumpet in 6th grade and drums in 9th grade. 9th grade is also when he met fellow musician and band mate, Frank Lima, both playing trumpet at Belmont High School and Verdugo Hills High School. He has …