We had the good fortune of connecting with Fer Fuentes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fer, how do you define success?
Success to me means feeling happy and fulfilled regardless of where I am in my journey. So even if I’m at the beginning, in the middle, at a high, or a low point, I am successful when I’m present and I have a sense of peace with where I am in that particular moment.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Life has been a crazy adventure for me! 8 years ago I moved to Los Angeles, CA from Chile. All I wanted to do was playing drums live, record, create with other people and also learn and study more. The music industry in Chile at that time was almost non existent and because of that I decided to do my Master Degree in music in LA. Shortly after finishing, opportunities started to appear and I thought I was ready to take them all so I did. Was definitely a though time in my life but probably when I learned the most. At first I worked a lot as a session musician, recording around LA for different producers in different studios and then while I was meeting people, I ended up playing bigger gigs and touring a lot in the US and the rest of the world. Some of the artists I have worked with as a drummer are: Lauren Jauregui on her South American and US tour, Daya in the US and Europe 2022 Tour, NIKI on her North American tour and upcoming Asia tour now in December 2022, Becky G., Thalia, Enrique Bunbury, Sebastian Yatra, Lasso, recorded for VEVO with Ylona Garcia, Movie “Hollywood Stargirl” with Uma Thurman among many other TV and show appearances and live shows. I would say that I have been able to live my dream life by staying as consistent as possible. Life has been really hard at times but having the right support system and really being able to visualize your goals help with the process.
Lessons I’ve learned? Nothing is given. You have to work hard. You have to put the time and effort in. I have also learned as I grow older than health is the most important thing ever. Without it, we can’t do anything. So take care of your body, your mind. Learn how to rest too in order to work better. It’s all balance.
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’d definitely start the weekend by eating a veggie breakfast burrito from Lupe’s Place in Montrose. Then I’d head to a nice quick hike to Wisdom Tree and after that I’d probably go to Santa Monica for a nice walk. Most likely dinner at Ippudo. Veggie ramen there is bomb! If I have some extra time I’d try to go for a night or two to Big Bear or Joshua tree and stop on our way there for some snacks at Trader Joe’s and some nice basic In n out haha.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
To my parents for instilling in me the foundation necessary to pursue such a wild career path and for their love and infinite support during this process.