We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Trujillo Vest and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, what do you attribute your success to?
Where are you from and how did your background and upbringing impact who you are today?
I’m Rebecca Trujillo Vest and I was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
I am one of eight siblings raised by both mom and dad. My mama raised us all musically, so I started playing the guitar and singing at a very young age.
I took some time to travel around the world and I was influenced by the beauty that I saw all around… the idea that our planet earth is our mother. I would compare my sweet mama and how she loved and cared for me to how our amazing Mama Earth takes care of us. Some of my first songs that I wrote were about this concept. I recorded my first album Munda soon after.
I am currently married and have a 10-year-old son. When I was pregnant, I thought about how I would be like my mama and the ways I would bring this love to my son and my family. Also, while I was pregnant, my husband, myself, and my co-creator (John X Volaitis) opened a recording studio in Venice on Rose – “Earthstar Creation Center”.
As my love for music continues to flourish, I write, sing, perform, and produce. The joy that creating music brings me is priceless. I use yoga and meditation while writing and performing. Social Justice awareness is something I also write and sing about.
More recently, while we were in Covid restrictions, I made an album called “sending my love”, which was calming, mantra-based music to help get through the lockdown.
My background has impacted me on my journey thanks to my sweet mama’s love for music.
Making music is what I do and who I am.
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 write music kind of like how I live life. I take each moment that I am experiencing and apply that to word and voice. In art, we all express ourselves uniquely. So, what sets me apart from others is that I am uniquely me.
I got where I am at today by saying YES, by not giving up, by accepting the “magic” in the day to day.
Making music can be super fun and easy… the challenge comes with all the production and time management.
lessons I’ve learned along the way:
“not to take things personally”
“not to make assumptions”
to listen not just with my ears, but also with my heart.
I would like the world to know that I am someone who loves life with much heart, lives life fully, I love people, animals, plants, the earth!
My brand is truly “music is love”
My story is in my lyrics, and music.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
hiking in the santa monica mountains
jumping in the ocean
making music and recording @earthstarcreationcenter
enjoying family and friends at home in pacific palisades
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Abby Wills Instagram – @teachlovebreathe
photos by Craig Cameron Olsen