We had the good fortune of connecting with Miguel Bezanilla and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miguel, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I was so into music from the beginning that it just was a no-brainer. From a very early age, I started to show an interest in listening to all the music my parents had laying around, the reason why I’d start playing an instrument soon after and writing small pieces of music.
That doesn’t mean that I wasn’t interested in other stuff. Depending on the point of my life, I’d focus on different topics, more often than not popular science stuff (kudos to all the science communicators out there!). And of course, cinematography and photography which, in the case of the latest, I do some.
That being said, the sooner you realize which things you do decently AND make your hours feel like minutes the better. Then you know you’ve got a career. I don’t think it’d feel the same with another career path, both for my lack of talent and patience for non-artistic tasks.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Our weaknesses and the bumps in the road are (also) what would eventually shape the person and artist we’ll be. It’s a struggle, but that’s what makes each of us different from the others. Being introspective probably made me lean towards performing a classical instrument. And not starting right away (officially) to compose made me a better player. Which would put me in a really good position to join tours abroad with orchestras and play with players coming from all over the place. The music I write today wouldn’t be the same without these “wrong” turns.
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.
LA has so many ways to be enjoyed, but if I had to choose one area *in* LA I’d pick the Venice boardwalk. It’s a very special place, you can get it just by wandering around for a few minutes between the street artists and the people hanging in there. And when you are tired of walking you can always rest and have a drink at any of the places at the end of W Washington Blvd. If you feel more in a “city mood” you can’t go wrong with the great rooftops in Downtown LA. The Broken Shaker, for example, is somewhere I particularly like: great views, a pool, and the always vibrant people of LA. That being said, I was more into exploring places out of town lately, this city can feel claustrophobic at times!
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?
So many… too many to list them all… Starting from my parents, who always supported my decisions, including my crazy hard turn from viola performance to composition. My mentors, each of whom passed me the excitement for this art at different points of my life. This can be at times a very harsh career path, so one better loves it. However, on this occasion, I wanted to point out the person who first pushed me into writing: my piano teacher Silvia. When I first started taking lessons from her (at age 12) she encouraged me to write pieces of music, and while I had already written down a couple of improvisations before, that time felt very different. Like I had to do something real good that would be performed in front of an audience.
Stefan Orozco, Julio Lopez Agudo.