We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Villaescusa, Francisco Vargas and Luis Huizar and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andrew, Fransisco, Luis, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
We wanted to make a living by doing what we love, which is why we started to take the process seriously. No matter what jobs the three of us have had, we always prioritize making music and playing shows. It’s what we would love spending our lives doing, so taking it seriously as if it were a business felt natural. It was also a cool wake up call to see our peers begin making it big and doing it full time. As money started to come in we organically started to strategize our investments and organize our internal operations.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We’ve been around since around 2014, playing house shows with bands like The Red Pears and The Peds every weekend. We’ve seen a lot of our peers find success doing this full time which is inspiring. Over time we’ve developed a unique setup- Frank, our singer is also our drummer. Andy, our synth player raps. Luis, our guitar player is also our bass player, and sometimes our live piano player Jared sounds like a guitar solo. Since 2014 we’ve evolved a lot and have definitely taken on a few shapes. We’ve learned to listen to our own clock – taking time off from playing every single show we’re offered in order to build the studio was a big change for us. We began spending our time perfecting our craft in the studio after spending about 3 months building it. Learning how to record, mix and master didn’t always feel easy but we’re beginning to feel it pay off. We think learning how to record and release music will pay off in the long run and that this is just the beginning. We love art in every medium, it’s cathartic and hope that translates to our listeners. The music is the backbone but we love screen printing our shirts, conceptualizing and executing the cover art. We love making a good product and having fun while doing it. We’re here to stay, we have good music coming.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We are grateful for anyone and everyone who has helped or ever came out to a show, honestly. Our Saxophone player, Edgar Guadiana and our live piano player Jared Rodriguez have taken live shows to a new level. Brandon Ambrose is our live sound engineer and he has been a huge help. He throws sick events too! Huge shout out to the Azusa Unified School District where we all found band class, as a safe space for each of us to learn and express our musical talents. We all in a weird way met each other through playing music in Azusa growing up.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If you’re trying to go out, we’d definitely say visit New Beverly for a movie. Quentin Tarantino owns the theater and curates the movies that play, it’s an experience. Lately The Comedy Store has become a new fave, there’s a lot to learn from comedians! We love The Lodge Room in HLP for a good show and Aztec Tacos right after. For your music needs, Perfect Circuit is the spot! They’ve really helped us define our sound. We love Crystal Lake for a good hike or camp. Being near LA, there’s always something exciting going on.

Website: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6rd6D3QkozBDqNLfbgJcyg

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shamancult

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShamanCult

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLnyqFZYhQyfPAZUdw5AVHw

Email: ShamanCult@gmail.com

Image Credits
Pictures are either taken by Kwa (Andrew’s dad), Jeanie (our manager), or Arthur Guilas.

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