We had the good fortune of connecting with Marco Flores and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marco, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am originally from Mexico City, Mexico and have been always passionate about music. I was raised listening to Brit Rock and always passionate about the guitar. I have been very fortunate to interact and work with people from different places around the world and that has definitely helped me shape my personal and creative style.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I love music, it is my life and I love working in every area of it. Wether is composing, arranging, recording or producing I enjoy every part of it. I believe that being able to live in different countries and being exposed to different cultures have helped me shape the way I express myself. I am very proud to share my culture and my Mexican roots in every project I participate, there is always that “Mexican spice” in it. It has definitely not been easy, LA is a very competitive city and is home for some of the best creatives in the world but with the help of the friends mentioned before I have been able to accomplish a lot of amazing projects. Always listen, be patient and keep going… things eventually find their way. I love running and I always relate my professional career with it… it is a marathon where there is a lot of ups and downs… it is just matter of believing and keep going.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would start the day having a run along the beach in the morning in Santa Monica finishing in Primo Passo coffee in Montana ave. After I would walk around Third street and go for lunch in Sweetfin, Silver Lake Ramen, Stout Burgers or Belcampo. Then I would go to Sidecar doughnuts to have a nice dessert. Then I would walk Main Street to Venice Beach and check the Venice sign, Venice canals, and have an ice cream in Salt & Straw in Abbot Kinney then go back through the beach board walk at Sunset (not without stopping for a drink in the High Rooftop Bar).. For dinner, I would take the car and head to Pasta Sisters and have an amazing spaghetti bolognese with burrata on top.
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?
My family, friends and teachers who have always supported me along the way. In Los Angeles: Cristina Abaroa who gave me my first opportunity here and who is always supporting me, Lil Eddie who has given me also some of the most amazing gigs in LA and always believes in me, Rafa Sardina who is always pushing the Latin community ahead and is an amazing producer and engineer, Rob Cantor who has also supported me a lot and given me the opportunity to play in some amazing projects, the awesome bass player Oscar Stagnaro who has believed in me since my Berklee days and the awesome Arnau Bosch who I admire a lot and it’s and exceptional creative and entrepreneur.