We had the good fortune of connecting with Gui Fuentes and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Gui, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Being a musician has always been a dream of mine, there is nothing that brings me more joy than playing drums. I understood from an early age that it takes everything to dedicate your life to music and the arts, if you are not giving yourself to music 24/7 it’s hard to make a career out of it. But since it is my passion, I have no problem giving up other things.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The career as musician is definitely not easy, everyone has their own journey. Mine started during my teens when I started playing gigs at clubs, some of which at the beginning had more people in the stage than in the audience. What kept me going was that feeling you have every time you hit the stage, that in the end of the day makes everything worth it. I have learned that if you don’t go after your dreams, no one else will. It is up to you to put yourself out there, and even in times like the ones we are living now, there’s always things to be learned. In the world of the arts it is essential to have your tools sharpened and ready to go, because you need to be ready to grab any opportunity that is presented to you. So it is important to be comfortable being a chameleon of sorts, since being a session musician means you have to be adapting yourself to situations without losing your identity. Whenever I am working for an artist, it is always their vision that matters first, so it is your job to make that vision happen. I am proud to have worked through the years with artists that I admire of many different styles and music genres, that have always pushed me a little out of my comfort zone. Being put out of your comfort zone and making it happen is what brought me the biggest professional growth. Since music is my passion, I’m always up for the challenge.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The Getty museum is a certain must when visiting the city, aside from the great art galleries, the view up there is always inspiring. If you are looking for a unique show experience, I would recommend the venue The Smell, it has that DIY vibe to it and the music acts there are never afraid to experiment and do some weird stuff, for me it is always refreshing.

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?
I want to dedicate this shoutout especially to my parents, that have fully supported me through my decision to become a musician, I couldn’t have made it without them. My girlfriend also deserves credit since she has been by my side for more than 6 years, putting up with the distance and giving me full support in times of self doubt.

Website: https://www.guifuentesdrums.com/

Instagram: @guifuentess

Youtube: Gui Fuentes

Other: Tik Tok: @gui.fuentes

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