We had the good fortune of connecting with Ernando Recendez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ernando, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve always known, even at an early age, that whatever it is I pursue in a career it has to be something that is the best expression of me. Music is that. I don’t really think that I chose music, as cliche as it sounds, music chose me. I’m literally here because of it. My parents met because my dad auditioned for my moms band back in the 80s so yes I’m literally here because of music. I’m able to authentically represent myself through music because I’ve always had a passion for creating, and trying new things out musically. I’ve never been the type of person to sit behind a desk, or take a 9-5 job, so that told me that I’m different and that’s ok to be different. Music makes me ME, and it’s proving itself to be beneficial in other aspects. Priority has been that whatever it is I decided to, it has to make me feel like me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I like to think in todays industry, we lack a lot of artists with authenticity. Going into this career I knew that I wanted myself to be represented the way I wanted to. I believe in hard work and I think that has led me to a lot of the opportunities that have came my way. Hard work comes with sacrifice, and I became accustomed to that at an early age. I wasn’t one to hang out with friends or go out to parties, because I would rather be writing a song or playing a show. It wasn’t easy at first but I never really wanted a lifestyle other than that of a musician. As I get older, I look back and reflect on certain parts of my life where those sacrifices were made, and it makes me appreciate the hard work I’ve done so far, and the hard work that is to come, because in some way or another it has paid off.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I wouldn’t take them anywhere specific because I’d want them to know wherever it is we go we’re going to have fun and make the most out of it. Some of the best times I’ve ever had taking a friend out has been jamming out to our favorite song in the car stuck in beautiful LA traffic. I’d take them to all the obvious places like Santa Monica Beach, the Grove, shoot id take them to Disneyland if I can afford the ticket! But one thing is for sure, for lunch and or dinner, we are getting In-n-Out.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
All the credit goes to my family. My parents are musicians themselves and they’ve always pushed for me to pursue my dreams. They were never really about pushing for college or a steady job because they’ve always wanted their kids to do whatever it is that makes them happy (while also pay the bills of course haha). My brother filled some pretty big shoes by jumping in to play bass. He’s only been playing for a year but that boy can play and now he’s sings! My girlfriend/partner in crime Alysia, I like to call my life manager, always has my back and is my number 1 support, she always with me, she’s the bomb.
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