What first drew you into music production and pop/EDM production?
When I moved to New York City from Peru I knew I wanted to become a musician. However, I had no idea how to or where to start from because I never touched a microphone or an instrument before, just wrote songs on my phone. I knew that at least, I needed to learn and speak the Music terminology if I wanted to connect with producers and other musicians to discuss projects and ideas so I saved some money and enrolled into a music school for 8 months while reaching out to producers for collaborations.
I never meant to get into pop or EDM intentionally. I didn’t have a music direction in those days, I was still looking for my own style or “signature” but I was pretty open and never limited my self to a specific genre, I was a blank canvas. By the time I finished music school Dj’s like Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki and Kygo already made the transition to mainstream producers and their music was playing everywhere in the world so I thought I would experiment with EDM and started working on my first demo-tape following that path. Also, because I love to dance and I can dance to any beat.
As soon as I finished my demo tape I passed it around Dj’s, producers and people I met in school, social media and parties in hopes to give the demo-tape a better sound or remix because my production knowledge was pretty “amateur” yet, I didn’t have enough experience. Nobody that I reached out to wanted to work with me or if they would, they’d wanted to charge a huge amount of money that I didn’t have in those days.
Only after some time, I got a reply from a Brooklyn producer who was part of a well known Dj Duo in the club scene in NY interested in making a remix of my demo but by then I didn’t just want a remix I was ready to write and produce a solid track, my debut single and that’s how “Second Chance” was created.
Your latest track “second chance” features some of the best lyrics we have heard in recent memory! How do you manage to write such powerful lyrics?
“Second Chance” has multiple meanings for me. In one hand, it reflects the broken and turbulent relationship I had with the person I was dating at the time, I felt lonely, had anger and frustration inside of me and needed to get it out somehow. On the other hand, this song had a previous version, kind of a “Terror Jr” vibe, more dramatic with a bridge and an outro, a little bit longer too. When I dropped that first version I was a bit disappointed because it didn’t have a good reception and nobody wanted to give it a review, comment or anything but I still had faith on it so 1 year later I sat down with my producer and decided to give the song another try with a fresh different sound, more simplistic but with the same meaning and the response was better this time. I got featured in some music blogs in the USA and Europe also other producers were reaching out to see if I wanted to collaborate in the future.
Giving this debut single a new start also meant giving my self a second chance and start over when things didn’t go how I planned it with more confidence in my self, listen and trust my instincts better and reaffirm what I want to communicate.
In the spirit of the last question if you had to pick 1 synth to produce your next track who would that be?
I think I would still use Omnisphere or Nexus.
You have released two tracks in the past year they are both great! Do you plan to keep releasing at the same pace?
Thank you! And Yes, I’m pretty excited because I’ve been working on new material in another genre that I never thought in my wildest dreams I would be able to do, but I’m pretty fearless when it comes to jumping into something completely new as long as it lights a fire in me. I’m also recording songs in my first language (Spanish) and it has been a lot of fun.
2017 has just passed, how would you summarize 2017? Did it turn out the way you expected it to?
2017 was so far the hardest and more difficult year I have ever experienced where I felt challenged in many aspects of my personal life and as an artist. It was the year where I started to question my self as a human being on this planet, tried to be more in balanced and started to be more aware of my thoughts and how it affects in my day by day and my relationship with others. On the music side, I traveled to LA, London and Germany to meet other musicians and producers and check the music scene, there is still so much new music in the world that needs to be discovered. Being in those places also refreshed my soul and started to write new music ready to put out in 2018.
2018 has just began, what are your goals for the new year? Any upcoming projects we can get excited about?
I’m dropping my first song in Spanish “Muy Fuerte” this year and I’m pretty excited about it, it was recorded in Colombia it has a different tune than Second Chance, it’s more tropical and upbeat. I also have another song (also dropping this year) where I rap the entire lyrics and found out how much I liked it. I’m also planning to travel again to promote the new material, this time hopefully adds South America, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain to the schedule.
And as for goals for 2018, keep working on being a better version of my self, keep embracing my dark and bright side, definitely grow more as an artist, finally, learn how to play the drums, still exploring new sounds and stay away from the comfort zone as much as I can.
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