We had the good fortune of connecting with Juan Antonio and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Juan, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
Inspiration can be sparked by everything and anything; it depends on the moment. In many cases it can be summoned through the senses; I am definitely a fan of experiencing each of the senses on their own and in detail.
Inspiration can appear in the form of sounds; which in my case happens a lot being a musician. It can be the sound of waves crashing, rain, the city, nature. Each of these moments can bring up different emotions and different ideas urging to be portrayed.
Taste can bring up memories past almost at an instant; a plate of food from my childhood, a drink consumed at a special moment. Sights such as photographs, paintings, a natural landscape; can all be very soothing, inspiring and humbling.
The smell of home cooking, a familiar perfume can both take you to the very extremes of emotions. They can make you feel loved, feel warmth and secure as well as alone, sad and nostalgic.
Touch; the texture of sand locked in a prison of cement within a sidewalk, the rough bark of a tree, the caress of long grass as you walk through a field, the soft coat of a furry friend and the cold surface on the work desk can all invoke certain moods looking to be replicated through sound,
That being said; anything that will spark a sense of wonder and appreciation of the beautiful little details in life will forever be a source of infinite inspiration.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As for my art, I am a musician but also a content creator. Both of these are incredible outlets to create a great variety of art.
With music, I always strive to create something that will instantly provoke a certain mood or way of thinking. My favorite mental state is that of wonder, and I am a sucker for anything and everything that provokes that wonderful mix of curiosity, surprise and admiration.
At the moment two of my favorite projects have been my first album as a solo artist called “Sublimation” and my first educational course called “Legato Masterclass”.
With Content Creation, I have a ton of different tools at my disposal that I very much enjoy exploring. With content being so varied nowadays I am always lost exploring between different disciplines; be it music creation, photography, videography, editing, writing, etc.
The way to my current state of being has been a very curved road that has been full of surprises; ups, downs and definitely impossible to predict.
I think the most important lesson I have learned so far has been to never give up, but to not be afraid to pivot and try out new things. I am in a point that never before I would have imagined as being my life, but am enjoying the process way more than I would have guessed. It’s always a box full of surprises both good and bad and you have to take it for what it is.
Another important lesson is to not get married to the idea of ones self-concept. Never be afraid to try new things that don’t “align” with the self imposed concept of who you are.
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.
Being that most of my best friends are musicians; THE spot to visit is definitely The Baked Potato in Studio City. You can catch a glimpse of the amazing music scene and some of the most legendary musicians ever. It is definitely a must.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely want to give a huge shoutout to my brother Jan Rivera. Not only have I learned so much from him; but he is a source of constant inspiration and someone that I constantly look up to as a person who is incredibly smart, dedicated and always working to grow as a professional and as a person.