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Meet Israel Portillo of sick in West Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Israel Portillo.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I was a kid living in the I.E., trying to figure out what kind of person I wanted to be. I was led down an aggressive path by the people I met and was around. I started to get into a lot of trouble the older I got but realized it was not worth it. My family (close or relative) did not know about this. A lot of bad things followed me from that lifestyle that I had chosen to go down. After realizing it was not worth it, I looked for an option out. Music was something that was not only a passion of mine but a literal reason to push my limits to something I never thought I could be. Although my past is implemented into my music, it is a way to let out everything that has happened to me, or for me. My new music (which is not released yet), is a piece of me that I am now. I am now a person of knowledge about the world and how it truly is. Although I know there is much more to learn being 20 years of age, I feel like I have experienced more than the average person in my area.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My main obstacle was not knowing who to trust. I was around a lot of greedy people who had good interests in only themselves. I’ve been set back through friends, family, and even my old management. Although I was never affiliated with any gangs, I was friends with a lot of people who were. This made things very scary for a kid like myself who had no idea what he was getting himself into. Even though I had removed myself from that, I still have trouble communicating even with family because of it.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I have two businesses that I am apart of. My artist name is sick, and I am apart of an industry in which I get to tell my story through music. I also started a clothing brand named SickMinded. I created this brand as a foundation for the different. The company was built off self-funding and delivered a message to those who did not fit in. This creation is a well-developed product of self-evaluation and worth. The company hopes to bring unity to those who feel different and alone. As pain is an infringement of reality, insanity is a privilege.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment of my career would probably have to be my first performance. It showed me that not only did I find a path that I am passionate about, but knowing I can make a crowd feel a certain way of my experience made me realize that this is what I wanted to do. The night of my first performance saved me from going down the wrong path… again.

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Immanuel Portus, Jaren Wright

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