We had the good fortune of connecting with German Briseño and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi German, why did you pursue a creative career?
I felt I was made for it, and at some point around 21 I realized the only life worth living was that one where you try to spend as much of your time doing what you feel you should be doing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. I work in a wide variety of genres and styles and I love it. I know there’s a lot of people capable of doing the same things I do, but only I can do them the way i do them and that’s what sets me apart.
Being able to make a living doing something I love is something I’m proud of, along with all the great memories and experiences that came with 20 years of performing, producing, teaching and touring. It makes me very happy to share the gifts of music with people and put my talent to the service of others, either helping them realize their visions or teaching them how to express themselves through music. Sharing music, either with studio clients, bandmates, students or audience members is the best part of doing what I do and makes me feel like I’m adding some value to the world and not just selfishly devoting myself to an activity that brings me joy (which I am)
I got to where I am by a combination of thoughtfully calculated decisions, reckless erroneous behavior and luck. But I do love what I do and every time I play, or produce or do anything work/music related, I always allow myself to give myself completely to the activity. It’s the only way to do it. It hasn’t been easy, but that focus on the love for the activity is what has allowed me to stick with it for as long as I have.
Lessons learned… You’ve got to love the path you are on. You might feel inclined to compare your path with other artists’, and is natural to have misconceptions or erroneous preconceived notions about what is like living as an artist, but feeling like things should be a certain way or that you career should be like so and so only generates anxiety. Is good to strive to be a better artist, but only loving your path brings you peace. That and also don’t eat the gas station food while on the road.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love LA. It has all kinds of food and entertainments options. But what I like the most about it is what’s close to it. If i was to go all out, we’d spend one or 2 days doing the standard LA stuff (with an obligated night of debauchery at La Cita in downtown), but then we’d go to Yucca Valley and stay in the desert for a few days, and then drive down to Mexico and go spend a few days in Valle de Guadalupe and feast on wine and food. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To all the musicians I’ve had the privilege of sharing a stage and the road with. To all the artists, musicians and songwriters that have trusted me to help them bring their visions to reality. To the producers that have helped me bring my visions to reality. To all my friends and collaborators in the sync community. To all the students I had the honor to teach and share the love of music with and their parents. To my love and to my family. Thank you. I owe everything to all of you.
Arturo Bengoa, Carlo Rossi, Laura Pelayo, German Briseno