We had the good fortune of connecting with Juan Arguello Musician and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Juan Arguello, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think that careers in arts always involve risk taking. In my case most (if not all) of my important life and career decision have had a big risk attached to it. From starting a music career to moving to LA. And I’m not saying everything worth doing is risky or everything that’s risky is worth doing but the big life changing decision are usually risky in some form.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The interesting part about arts, in my opinion, is that no matter what you do and how you do it, it’s always different. With that in mind it’s hard for me to pinpoint what it is that makes me different or “special”. Probably something that I do, that people like when working together, is that I do my best to always serve the song. When music is about that and not one’s ego, I think music really becomes all that it can be. Also as a musician I think that one of the things that really sets you apart is how you work with other people. Music is usually a group activity and how you connect with the other members of the band is really important. As important or even more important than how well you play.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To be completely honest I’m not really an outdoors person. I spend most of my time either playing, rehearsing or recording. But I do have a few places I love and I visit as frequently as I can. For food there’s a couple places that are a must go for me. Kang Ho-dong Baekjeong is my favorite place to get Korean BBQ, Mr. Goods Donuts in Pasadena has the best donuts and the friendliest people you’ll meet and lastly if you’re hungry late at night definitely visit Arturo’s Taco Truck next to Los Angeles College of Music. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve eaten more than I can handle at all of those places. For entertainment of course we gotta go to check out the bands at the local venues. I’ve seen amazing bands all over LA, from the Whiskey to the Old Towne Pub, LA is full of amazing musicians.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s a lot of people who helped me get where I needed to be and ultimately where I am today. It might sound cheesy but my mom is responsible for me being able to chase my dream and try to do what I felt I was supposed to do. And support doesn’t always just look like words of encouragement or money but even simple things like the fact that she of all people is the only person in my family who doesn’t ask about a plan B, for when my career doesn’t work out, means the world to me.

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