“The hardest things sometimes come from miscommunication … I’m a stay alone type of person, but I know my vision so I don’t feel so guilty if someone feels like their suggestions, advice, or their input isn’t being included.”

Check out the interview with Checho Freire exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Checho Freire:
When I started attending Saint Paul’s Creative Arts High School I was a cartoonist, guitar/drums player, and FL Studio hip hop beat programmer. I came out an advanced painter and visual artist, songwriter/poet, music/video producer, and dancer. I was already 1 year into the completion my applied science degree in sound design for visual media from the Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis, MN.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
To network their asses off. I have seen what a DM or an email can do for your exposure and you’re messing up if you aren’t constantly reaching out to different people who influence your art. I guess I’d say to be brave and believe in yourself! I know that must be a common answer, but its real.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest things sometimes come from miscommunication. If you’re giving off the wrong message or if you can’t get along with someone the time you have creating gets ruined. I’m a stay alone type of person, but I know my vision so I don’t feel so guilty if someone feels like their suggestions, advice, or their input isn’t being included.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way is to leave the house and become a people person. I’m not that. But I heard that’s the best way.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
The Twin Cities is the Twin Cities. No place like it. I love artists like Allan K. and Finding Novyon. I also dig how low key it still is, but it’s growing in my opinion. I still wish the fans would really dig deep to try to get to know their fav artists. Intimate shows are cooler that way.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
In California with my woman grinding twice as hard.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
It’s hard to inspire me musically. My girl showed me Radiation City and their life soundtrack band. I don’t know how else to explain that. Right now I look up to the many political activists and environmentalists in South America who are being assassinated for standing up to businesses and corporations for destroying the native forests.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I love the music coming out today. I just love new music. The whole experience from my own interpretation to the way people react and adapt to it. It’s amazing.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.chechofreire.com | www.chechingproductions.com | chechingproductionsblog.tumblr.com
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/dansvidios
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ArtistChecho
Twitter: @ChechoFbomb
Instagram: @ChechoFbomb