J Bonilla on Chipotle, ‘Doja Code’ and other heart openers in music

Where you grew up and where you live now.

I grew up in Santa Maria, on the central coast of California. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for many moons now.

Your first musical memory.

I got a Mickey Mouse drum kit when I was 4. I beat this stuff for about a year, and apparently I showed that I had a pretty good groove. I ended up getting an upgrade, and I was off and running. The drums were definitely my way.

Your first gig.

Huey Lewis and the news. Please respect the courage it took to type this.

Your favorite bands/musicians.

i can’t get enough Amber Brand, Joy Crookes and Chloe at present. There is something truly special about the way these ladies draw on such diverse influences, backgrounds and skills and do such stunning work.

How do you get your music these days.

I can usually bask in the brilliance of all of our team members attending shows and being on every new release. I just keep one ear open and catch whatever hits me between the eyes.

Your favorite place to see a concert.

I like The Greek theater here in Los Angeles There’s nothing better than watching a great show under the stars in a place where the weather is almost guaranteed to be glorious.

Your favorite music video.

“Work It” by Missy Elliott. Sheer victory.

Your favorite music-focused TV show and/or podcast.

“Broken Record” with Rick Rubin. I love how Rick ends up being interviewed upside down by all the amazing artists that come along and have such respect for him. He also never remembers details or dates of anything he did, which I find hilarious.

A recent project you are proud of.

We just won a Clio Music Prize for a project we did with Kacey Musgraves for Chipotle. Super proud of how this one turned out, and it’s always great to work on a project where the creative bar is ridiculously high across all disciplines. Huge shout out Observatory for bringing us on this trip.

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