“I love competing and taking the stage with a bunch of fresh new artists that are just as hungry as I am to further their careers. The fans that come out are always ready to hear some new and inspiring music and will always support if you got talent.”

Check out the interview with El Guapo exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
El Guapo: I’ve always wanted to be in the entertainment business since I was a kid. Before I moved to Houston at age 13, I had lived in LA my whole life. I used to make my mom take me to talent scout reps so that I could perform in front of them and try to get signed.

On a couple occasions the talent reps were interested, but my family didn’t have the money to pay all the fees and costs that it takes. You could say my journey started at a pretty young age, but I’d say I decided to really chase my dreams and go for it when I moved back to LA in 2008.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
It’s tough to think of the single biggest piece of advice because there’s a million and one things you have to be aware of in this industry. If I had to narrow it down to one piece of advice it would be to always stay true to yourself and not be influenced by what social media says and thinks you should be doing.

And also, most importantly, when the road gets rough don’t give up.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
For me I would have to say its time managing. I’m blessed and fortunate enough to be able to say that I have a residency at pawnshop studios, a performing residency at a venue in LA, along with other artists and friends of mine that I produce and work with. I just released an album as well. So add promoting to the list of stuff I have to map out. Then of course you have whatever it is that you gotta do to make money. I’d say time management for sure.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I always say that a PR rep or firm is the way to go if you can afford it. If you can’t go that route the best way is self-promotion. You have to be pro-active about getting your music out there. There are so many social media platforms now that you have to take advantage of them especially because it costs nothing to put your music out there.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
In LA you have one of the most competitive scenes for music. I love it. I love competing and taking the stage with a bunch of fresh new artists that are just as hungry as I am to further their careers. The fans that come out are always ready to hear some new and inspiring music and will always support if you got talent. I always feed off their energy when I’m performing.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
This is always a fun question to look back at a year from now. I’d say a year from now I see myself with a couple of tours under my belt and hopefully setting up my first world tour. I’d also like to see my production and publishing companies at full swing by then.

I don’t like focusing or thinking too much on the distant future. I’m more about the journey and the present moment. I like to focus on whatever it is that I’m doing and invested in and let the next step happen organically.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
First off I have to say that my mom and dad, for better or worse, are my biggest inspirations and the first people I look up to in the world. But when we talk about outside influences, I’d have to start with Kobe Bryant. Even though Kobe is not in my line of work or industry, he inspired me to work harder.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
There’s definitely a lot of artists that I like and vibe out to from time to time. Drake, J. Cole, Logic, Big Krit, and Wiz Khalifa to name a few of my favorites. But in all honesty, I prefer listening to the classics still. I’m talking about Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Snoop, 50 cent, Eminem, Andre 3000, Ludacris, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, etc. I’m still bumping those guys most of the time. I even got some Red Hot Chili Peppers and Limp Bizkit albums on deck.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
You can check out my music anywhere online whether it’s iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Pandora, etc. My debut album Gangster Meditation vol. 1 should be on there.

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