Today we’d like to introduce you to Patrick Maniquis.
Patrick, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started Safe travels by throwing a benefit show in Highland Park for RAICES ( a nonprofit organization in Texas for refugees and immigrants ) back in November 2018. I wasn’t able to do anything for a couple months until I quit my job to focus on myself and what I wanted to do. It made a drastic difference in my overall mental health and let me turn my attention to SafeTravels and my band!
Lisa Sonoda joined the team as a core member in early July 2019. Since then we have been working very hard to consistently develop great lineups and make sure bands can play in LA and feel welcome here.
We are barely 3 months old so we’re still building a team but keep a lookout for us around LA!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s been a fairly rough start since safe travels are managed between two people that have more than two projects at a time.
I am currently developing a coffee shop at Hudson Loft in DTLA to open sometime in the near future and Lisa quite frequently plays shows and tours with her band Sonoda ( just finished their west coast tour) . So we’re fairly busy..
We communicate as much as time allows and I’m fairly proud of what we’ve done so far (and even more excited for what’s to come)!
With that said; I can’t complain. It’s very healthy stress to have in my opinion. We have really supportive friends! I have a loving partner and the coolest dog in the world named Bread.
It’s such an honor to work with such great musicians that share the same sentiments and ethos for shows in Los Angeles
We’d love to hear more about your work.
We are Safetravelspresents and we provide a space to appreciate, empathize, and support each other through music and art. Wherever you’re coming from or wherever you’re headed; We’ll do what we can to make you feel welcome. We try our best to develop lineups that support/include groups that may be underrepresented here in LA.
The first official show for Safetravelspresents was an ALL women fronted night featuring Sonoda, Soft Streak, and Jennie Lawless with Dj Steph on vinyl in between sets. Lisa from Sonoda joined the safe travels team that night and it set a precedent for developing lineups for shows in the future.
We also practice a full transparency policy. All that information (including finance) is upfront to promote fairness and equality between us and the bands. Honesty and respect is very important to me personally in communicating with anyone.
Lisa designs for Safe travels. So every poster you have seen from us, that’s Lisa’s artwork! I’d like to think that’s what catches people’s attention. =]
What were you like growing up?
I grew up in Burbank where a lot of things kind of happened. We had everything in our town to feel like you never had to leave.
I was raised by a single mother with two much older brothers so my childhood was spent mostly alone in a room trying to keep myself entertained. I was forced to learn piano early on but quit due to my teacher not agreeing to exclusively teach me beatles songs. heh. My oldest brother bought me a guitar when i was 13 because I was convinced that Nirvana was the greatest band of all time. I’ve been passionate about music since.
@patrickisnotokay on Instagram to psychoanalyze my upbringing.
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Safe Travels Presents logo design by Lisa Sonoda
Thanks to Adrian for the polaroids and Katie for my Hollywood spotlight.
And thank you BREAD. my hero.