The hazy dream of being an artist

When I was 20 years old and I was studying Music and Audio Production in my hometown, Colombia, I had a dream to be recognised for my music, to reach a lot of people and make them feel good with it, to share the beautiful experience I feel when I do my music with different people across the world.

So I decided that when I finished my undergraduate studies, I was going to do my master degree in London, mostly because I wanted to take a try with my music there. And in fact, I did exactly that. I went there when I was 23 years old, finished my first album and looked for a British label to release it. There was a label very interested to release my album, it was kinda small label tho, but never the less, I was thrilled, the dream of my life and what I was fighting for during the last years was closer to come true. But nothing could be further from the truth.

The label guys promised me a lot of things, that I was gonna tour in all UK and different places in Europe, that my art was gonna be exposed in different galleries and museums, and most importantly, that they could give me an artist Visa for me to stay in the UK. Man I was really exited. I inverted a lot of money and time in the album. But none of what they promised happened. The album was released, there were some small gigs, some reviews and that was it; there wasn’t a chance that they could provide an artist Visa for me, my student Visa expired and I had to come back to Colombia with the morale really low. With no job, no place to live, no girlfriend, no expectations, I was lost and didn't have any idea what to do with my life. There was a big black wall in front of me, and I couldn't see anything beyond.

I tried to promote my album in Colombia, with no success. I just didn’t know how to, and to be honest, there was not too many people interested in that kind of music by that time.

All that was a heavy blow, so I took shelter doing something where I'm happy and nothing matters: doing music. I started again, almost from scratch, and I composed my most recent album: ‘Meaningless Words’, an album I’m really proud of, you can listen it clicking here.

I realised that I couldn’t give up, and one of the reasons why I kept going was YOU, the listener, that makes all of it matter.

I look forward to many more sometimes hard, sometimes ugly, always worth while experiences along this musical journey. Here’s to hopping that you are part of that journey.

If you’d like to hear the most recent milestone of that journey, click here to listen my most recent album.

Thank you for being a listener and for making it all matter.

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