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Rising Stars: Meet Michael Seib of Central Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Seib.

Michael, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I grew up drawing, painting, reading and playing music all over Southern California. My mother Anitra’s musical talent and outgoing personality balanced my father Peter’s analytical and avuncular nature, forming two uniquely artistic individuals: my younger brother Matthew and myself. We were born in the 80s: We experienced firsthand the advent of Nintendo, cell phones and the internet. Bold colors, sounds and attitudes on MTV and VH1 were game changers for us artistically. Nine Inch Nails, The Doors, Ken Wilber, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, Pantera and Shakespeare were huge influences after soundcheck at church.

Yes, we heathens played at church.

After high school, I composed jazz for the Ensemble at UCSD while writing a ton for my Political Science and History classes.

I put the guitar down for a second and began producing hip hop and electronica music whilst absorbing the vibrant art scene in San Diego. Salvador Dali, Van Gogh, Leonardo Da Vinci, Jackson Pollock and Chuck Close remained influential. I was especially influenced by the bold, historical murals downtown while listening to Big L, Twista and Notorious B.I.G.

I moved north to central California after college to escape a stalking ex-girlfriend and administrate at my aunt’s medical spa. After honing my website-building and ad-building skills, I moved on to fulfill one of my dreams as a journalist. I worked with the Kaweah Commonwealth and The Valley Voice for years. Now, my writing, photography and art are all over the world.

I hope to use my creativity and passion to support my family and friends.

Alright, 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 struggle is making money with the things I’m passionate about: music, photography and visual art.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
When I’m relaxed (usually in sunlight), visuals and melodies pop into my head.

I specialize in media. I’m a dilletante and I’m trying to find my niche.

I’m most proud when I come up with a new visual or sound that no one has ever seen or heard of before. Dreamscapes and fantasy with a visceral edge are key to my vision.

Sheer creative ability and ego set me apart.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I was introspective and shy but also strangely dominant in ways that I didn’t understand. I was a precocious reader as a boy and didn’t respect most of the adults around me so I blazed my own trail.

I always loved the females.

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