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

Hi Hector, why did you pursue a creative career?
I can’t imagine doing anything else, since my childhood I have had the desire to be an artist, I loved to draw, I loved to create and above all I loved to sing or imagine that I was playing an instrument, Despite this, it was not until my teens that I had my first musical instrument and started taking music lessons, Being a musician in my country, Venezuela, is not an easy task, there is a lot of uncertainty around artistic careers but being a musician is what I really wanted, so despite the obstacles I decided to keep my decision. Surrounding myself with people who also love music and art was a great help, and that satisfaction I felt playing my instruments, recording, sharing my music with an audience, or with other musicians makes me feel like I’m on the right track.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It was not easy to get here, I live in a country that has been in the news for the last 8 years for its political problems, one of the most important lessons I have learned is not to give up, As long as you are working on what you really love, I believe that opportunities will always come to you, I always wanted to work with other musicians and break the borders, I remember investing my savings in audio recording equipments during the worst moments of an economic crisis, This small step and a little patience was enough to get in touch with producers and artists and thus work as a session musician remotely, At first it was a slow process, then I was recommended by other artists and people in the industry, so I was advancing in this adventure. I participated in several projects I have met great and talented people, One of the things that fills me with the most pride is having shared with musicians like Derek Sherinian, Adam Holzman, Jordan Rudess, Fahir Atakoglu and Ed Roth, This was for the recording of the album called “winds of change” by the contemporary jazz group “The Groove Project” It’s been a long road, and there’s still a long way to go, but the fact of connecting with talented people and creating music that people enjoy is just magical, I couldn’t be more grateful.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take him to see the Venezuelan coasts, the Caribbean beaches are beautiful and for us a friend is like family, my recommendation for lunch would be fried fish with tostones and salad, one of the best meals prepared by the locals, In the village of Choroni and you can enjoy it while contemplating the Caribbean Sea, You can also try a chocolate punch made with one of the best cocoas in the world, The Morrocoy National Park is also a beautiful place to contemplate and enjoy the beaches of the Venezuelan Caribbean, Yacht rides, excellent gastronomy and many fun activities to share in the middle of this paradise,

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?
Wow, I couldn’t name all the people who have inspired me through this time hahah But without a doubt I would dedicate it to my family and to all the musicians and artists with whom I have had the pleasure of collaborating and working, In this career you always learn something new, You take a bit of every experience and turn it into talent

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