#001 Meet Maffio
Maffio is a Latin GRAMMY Award winning music producer, composer, and artist. He works with musicians like Akon and Nicky Jam. But his path to success wasn’t easy.
He came from extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic. He lost several family members, including his sister, when he was a teenager. He didn’t have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma either.
He loved music but didn’t know anyone in the music industry. But he insisted on working hard and creating a life he loves.
He talks about how he overcame many of the challenges creative professionals face — like anxiety and substance use.
Some of the things Maffio and I discuss:
“The most beautiful things that are really fulfilling and make you complete–they’re free.”
“I’m never weak minded. Never. If I go through something I’m just going to get right back up. You know, dust myself and get up. I cannot be a victim.”
“If I was going to be a dishwasher, I was going to be the best at it. If I was going to have to clean bathrooms, I was going to be the best at it. I’m going to tie those bags the best and the quickest.”
“You got to train your body and you got to train your mind. Your brain is a muscle that needs to be trained as well.”
Links and Resources
We stepped away from our floating podcast studio on a sailboat in the Florida Keys to record this episode at Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, Florida. Here’s a behind the scenes look: