2012 Master of Science Degree - Fullsail University
As a child of a Mexican-American mother and African-American father, my bi-cultural background set the tone for my career in music. A product of Houston's inner city neighborhoods, I grew up in the barrios and ghettos that would enrich my consciousness. Living on Houston's east side, I tasted all the spices of Latin music from Mariachi, Tejano, and Salsa. While attending school in Houston's 5th Ward, I was heavily influenced by the sweet sounds of soul, intimacy of jazz, and the hard hits of hip-hop. From an early age, I have been surrounded by music, and my diverse influences only help to broaden my music appreciation and creative palette.
I began my musical studies at the age of 6 with an introduction to music via the violin. I would go on to participate in programs such as the highly acclaimed Houston Youth Symphony, and Mariachi Juvenil de Houston. At age 9, I added the trumpet to my musical studies. At 12, I was invited to perform in the middle school jazz ensemble. As the youngest band member, my performance was recorded on a full length jazz album that ignited my passion for music production. To further my training, I attended the Houston Summer Jazz Workshop studying with Conrad Johnson, and performed at the New Orleans World's Fair.
By the age of 16, I began to teach myself piano and learn sound design with synthesizers. As the digital world was coming into prominence, I became heavily involved in recorded music using sequencers and tailoring custom sounds through the use of samplers. My experimentation with this new technology led to forming a band of my own. That band released a project on Polygram Latino and later released an album on BMG Records. The artist experience led to touring the US, Japan, Mexico, and appearing on various national and international television shows. I then began to diversify by using these musical experiences to compose, arrange, and produce for many regional and national recording acts.
Although successful in my career, the desire to broaden my horizons, further my musical studies, and attain a college education became goals I sought to achieve. Using a royalty check and selling my car, I paid to attend one semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Once in attendance there was no turning back. My passion for composing and producing music was set ablaze. In the span of two years I completed a dual degree program. Armed with a renewed spirit for music, coupled with technological expertise opened the door for me to begin working on major label projects.