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When was the first moment you decided, “I am passionate about my music and I have to share this passion with the world”?

2004 I had a realization that after all these years of dedicating myself to the underground scene as a promoter, dancer and a b-boy, I realized that I have gained so much knowledge through this beautiful dance music. But the real love for music in general came at a much early age. I was 7 years old and my mom knew I was a music lover so my first exp. With the feeling of dancing through music was when she signed me up in a dancing competition for cumbia dance contest. And with my dad being in a band with his bros and jamming to bands like Kiss, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jimmy Hendrix and Santana to name a few. That is when I knew my love for music was universal.

What did you do to cultivate your craft over the years? (For example: practice? How many hours? read? how many hours? network? etc.)

I have to give major credit for vinyl playing to my best friend Frank Ramirez as he would share his records with me and we would play for hours and hours. So I realized I needed to start collecting music for my own delightment. In 2003 I started getting into traktor, digital mixing (dvs). After my discovery with digital there was no turning back as it was a different exp. than vinyl but it was just as great to have all your music at your fingertips. I set out on a mission to learn digital as well. I spent nights and weekends playing and mastering the craft as a bedroom dj…lol. I started digging deeper and realized I needed the right equipment and so I would save every penny to the dollar to purchase new sound. I spend every moment that I can practicing and searching for new vinyl and digital tracks. I believe paying for music is something all artist should do to continue and support what we do.

After all my years of making friendships through musical gatherings, I have met the most amazing interesting friends along the way. Through those connections I find myself networking and sharing our passion for music and it has given me opportunities in our community to play and share my music. I am blessed.

If you could pick your top 3-5 key influences as a musician/DJ who would they be?

Doc Martin – He IS the west coast sound and IS L.A. He is the true ambassador of the underground house movement. He is pure and has inspired me so many ways.

Fingerman – He is a new inspiration of mine when it comes to the Funk!

Idjut Boys – For the amount of freedom they express in their music. No rules!

Andrew Weatherall – He is a post punk rocker that I can connect with.

Where do you see yourself as an artist five years from now?

I see my music constantly evolving and I am always eager to learn more. I hope to continue to share my music with underground music lovers. Rave on!

What has been the most challenging aspect of being an musician/artist?

Doubting myself. Never second guessing myself is something I practice. I believe in always going with your gut feeling and sometimes my doubt creeps in on occasion as an artist.

What are you most proud of as an artist/musician?

I am proud of my positive vibes that I never deviate from. I hope that people can feel me connect with them through the music.

What are your thoughts on the current state of house/hip hop music? Time of innovation or time of recycled ideas?

I feel like house is on a path of growth and we have barely touched the surface. So many great producers out there but you really have to dig deep to find these gems and not give in to DJ charts…..find your own way.

If you could give an up and coming artist/musician a recipe for success in the business, what would it be?

Stay humble. Don’t burn bridges and always believe in yourself and never deviate from the path of your calling. Always stay true to yourself.

 

 

 

In 2004, I had a realization thatafter all these years of dedicating myself to the underground scene as a promoter, dancer and a B-boy, through this beautiful music, I had gained so much knowledge. But myreal love for music in general, came at a much early age. At 7 years old, my mom knew I was a music lover.Somy first realexperience came when she signed me up in a cumbia dance contest.With my dad being in a band with his bros and jamming to bands like Kiss, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jimmy Hendrix and Santana to name a few,I knew my love for music was universal.

I have to give major credit for vinyl playing to my best friend Frank Ramirez.As he would share his records with me, we would play for hours and hours. So, I realized I needed to start collecting music for my own delight. In 2003 I started getting into Traktor, digital mixing (dvs). After discoveringdigital, there was no turning back!It was a different experiencethan vinyl but it was just as great to have all your music at your fingertips. I set out on a mission to learn digitalwell. Nights and weekendswere spent playing and mastering the craft as a bedroom D.J. I started digging deeper and found thattheneed for the right equipment would have mesave every penny to the dollar,to purchase new sound. Every moment that I can, is spentpracticing and searching for new vinyl and digital tracks. Paying for music is something all artist should do to continue and support what we do.

After all my years of making friendships through musical gatherings, I have met the most amazing, interesting friends.Along the way,through those connections, I have found myself networking and weshare our passion for music. It has given me opportunities in our community to play and share my music. I am blessed.

Some of my influences are:

Doc Martin – He IS the west coast sound and IS L.A. He is the true ambassador of the underground house movement. He is pure and has inspired me so many ways, Fingerman – He is a new inspiration of mine when it comes to the Funk, Idjut Boys – For the amount of freedom they express in their music with no rules! Also, Andrew Weatherall – He is a post punk rocker that I can connect with.

I see my music constantly evolving and I am always eager to learn more. I hope to continue to share my music with underground music lovers. Rave on!

The biggest challenge to overcome has been doubting myself. Not second guessing myself is something I practice. My doubt creeps in on occasion as an artist but, I believe in always going with your gut feeling.

Positive vibes that I never deviate from, are what I’m most proud of. Hopefully,people can feel me connect with them through the music.

House is on a path of growth and we have barely touched the surface. So many great producers out there but you really have to dig deep to find these gems and not give in to D.J. charts…..find your own way.

My music isconstantly evolving and I am always eager to learn more. I hope to continue sharing my music with underground music lovers. Rave on!

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