We had the good fortune of connecting with Christopher Fuentes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christopher, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
When I was a teenager I fell in love with music. I picked up the bass guitar and just dived into a lot of pop music. I eventually found that I really Iove the psychedelic rock era of the 1960’s, along with the pop music from the 1980’s.
The blaring loud and crazy guitar solos from Jimi Hendrix, to the beautiful song writing from The Beatles, to the big dance grooves from Micheal Jackson. I found so much rich substance within the music and I really wanted to be a part of It. It spoke to me. a new tongue that I felt blessed to understand. I want to be a part of a musical movement where I can express myself in a raw way, and people would be able to share the vibes that I have and give off in my music and lyrics.
Music is the only real thing that fulfills me. The strum of a guitar, to a big jazz chord on a piano. Nothing gives me more satisfaction that a demonstration of soul through sound.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am absolutely proud to be able to call myself a singer/song writer. Along with being a singer/songwriter, I am also a multi-instrumentalist with a lot of producing knowledge which gives me the ability to record, mix, and master all my own music at my own home built recording studio. I would strongly encourage musicians and song writers to learn how to produce because it give you an edge on making your own true unique sound. there is a lot of power within production and I believe that me being able to put everything together how I envision allows for me to put out high quality music that seems to be enjoyed by the masses. Of course, choosing the path of an artist/creative is always very difficult and most of the time, rejected by loved ones. Being a true artist means that you are willing to put away opportunities that provide comfort and an easy living, and in return, a life full of hesitation and mental struggle.
However, the ability to pour out your soul onto a format for the world to see is absolutely priceless. The impact that you have towards the world, the connections that you make with people that you didn’t know existed, the way people come together in one emotion, the way you can create inspiration that moves people is absolutely beautiful. I come from a very christian and conservative household where secular music was considered a sin. My parents both hated that I wanted to write pop music and there was a time that I vividly remember crying as a 16 year old because I showed my parents a song that I worked hard on, and they rejected it harshly. But that very moment, as I wiped those tears running down my face, I figured out that this is the cost of being a real artist. A real artist must learn to take rejection and continue to move forward as they produce art with 110% effort, despite them feeling unmotivated by their piers and the world. If there is one thing I want to be able to tell the world of artist, its that the world will reject you, but it doesn’t matter. I promise you that if you move forward with your art, the people that matter will show you the love that you deserve and that community will take care of you as it grows.
You are loved, you matter. Don’t ever be afraid to express your soul.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The antelope valley is a hidden gem within Los Angeles county. I would take said best friend to Lancaster BLVD. Its small section of a street full of high quality art, food, and fashion. every store and restaurant is full of friendly faces and good vibes. The Antelope Valley has a lot of high mountains so hiking is an absolute must. Hiking on a high mountain in the Antelope Valley is especially beautiful during sunset, nothing beats the beautiful cotton candy skies as the sun’s orange rays contrasts with the pink clouds, overlayed by the beautiful cool purple and blue tones, and to wrap it all up, the amount of stars in the night sky is life changing. Theres nothing quit like the Antelope Valley, and I encourage everyone to come and check it out!