Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenneth Barlis, Chris Franchise, RJ Pak, Brandon Chavez, and Jordan Morales of Overtime Sound Systems.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Overtime has been friends for as long as we could remember. Some of us have been friends since middle school, and some of us met in high school, but we’ve always been with each other. Rj, Chris, and Jordan are from Long Beach while me (ken) and Brandon are from Carson. Rj, Chris, and Brandon all started DJing fairly at the same time and just started to stick with it. I think Chris started to produce music at the same time. As a group and the support of our friends to help pay for a private venue, Overtime threw their first party on 4/20/2018. It was actually called After Hours at the time. Meanwhile, I was away for school in Indiana. However, I still connected with RJ about throwing events very often. Once I moved back, the team was all together. We’ve had 25 events so far and plan on doing more with partnerships, collaborations, and gigs. Overtime is here to create history, being able to leave a legacy for younger kids who’re still trying to figure out what they want to contribute in this world we live in through music and art. Which is an important part of Overtime putting a stamp on the future, and making a contribution to future generations. We all have a purpose to serve, this is ours.
Please tell us about your art.
Overtime is a multi-faceted label that creates events, produces original music, provides in-house designed merchandise, and hosts radio shows for our audience/partners. At Overtime our message is to convey creativity and self individualism. A lot of other teams and labels are very common — playing the same things, offering the same feeling when it comes to creative expression. We try to break that boundary and introduce new sounds and art into the world that drive a sense of inspiration to others. Anytime you go to an Overtime event, we hope people realize they can be who they want to be and just have fun with it. That’s when people have the most fun anyway… when they’re comfortable. We throw one of the best events in LA hands down!!!
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Instead of struggling to focus on your craft or artwork because of money, you should use that as an escape to forget about the financial burdens you have. You got into art because it was fun and it was something you were probably passionate about. Use it as a vice. But also… don’t quit your day job.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Right now, we’re at Lock and Key in KTOWN every second Wednesday of the month. We post a lot on our Instagram (@overtimeintl). We post nearly everything on there so to stay updated on the work we recommend going on it. The website (overtime.global) contains BTS photos, merchandise, and radio shows. We usually send out an email campaign anytime there’s an event coming up so be sure to sign up for our newsletter for exclusive sneak peeks on merchandise and upcoming shows.
- Website: overtime.global
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @overtimeintl
- Twitter: @overtimeintl
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