“Never forget the old school too, go and perform your songs at a friend’s party, a bar, a restaurant, wherever. Be listened by the people, and if your stuff is great the people will be interested in you.”
Check out the interview with Chris Amaya exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Chris Amaya: All started at age of eight. I remember my grandfather telling me, “Hey buddy, wanna learn something cool?” and then he grabbed an old acoustic guitar and started to play and sing The Beatles songs. I was thinking, “Damn, that sounds very cool. I want to do that too.” So he taught me my first chords and notes. When he passed away, I decided to continue learning at a music academy in my town.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
There will be a lot of people who don’t have dreams nor goals to accomplish, and their work is to lower the people’s self-esteem. Don’t listen to them. Be faithful with your own goals, don’t try to pretend being cool with something that you don’t like only because other people told it to you.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I’m in that point where nothing and nobody can stop me. I want to radiate music to everybody. When you are so inspirited with a beautiful art, nothing is hard to you. If you have dedication, you can do everything what you want. You like it? Do it. You want it? Get it. You will accomplish everything that you purpose to yourself.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Nowadays there is a lot of ways to promote your music. Never forget the old school too, go and perform your songs at a friend’s party, a bar, a restaurant, wherever. Be listened by the people, and if your stuff is great the people will be interested in you.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Córdoba, Mexico. My friends, all of them are musicians and they are the most value people. We help each other when we need it. Now I’m in Wisconsin, USA. The musicians that I know are amazing and I learn something new every day. Matt Schroeder from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is my music teacher now, and I’m so grateful to be his student.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I’m nineteen now. At the age of twenty all I can see is myself happy. Making my dream real with my first album as my solo project and being recognized by the music industry. Never giving up, dammit.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My principal inspiration is my mom. She always supported me in everything and she was the one who taught me the sentence, “Follow your dreams. Do what you like the most. Do it for you.” Also, my biggest inspiration are all the people who told me that I couldn’t be nobody in the music business.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
New music is different. No more sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. We’re in a new era and we need to adapt. Go out of your comfort zone listening old music and please give an opportunity to the new music and support new artists.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Everybody can find me on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, and more platforms. In 2017 I will release my first EP.