Why I Make Music (Part 1)

I originally set out to be a musician, a Rockstar to be exact. That’s when I was thirteen and got my first guitar. I started writing songs shortly thereafter and within a year or so, I had formed my first band. Those were glorious times. In college, I decided to study music and audio engineering. I figured this would be a great skill to have as a musician. Little did I know that eventually, I would use that to record all my music.

In my twenties, I experienced quite a bit of success, but it was never enough to quit the day job. At the time, the day job was assistant manager at a record store. I started as a sales associate with no prior experience, when I was twenty-one years old. By the end of my first year, I had already been promoted to shift-manager. I went on to hold a position as product manager and on my third year there as assistant manager, before taking a job with Virgin Entertainment, at their soon-to-be-opened Virgin Megastore Miami. I worked at Virgin for five years: two as an assistant manager and the remaining ones as a music buyer.

During those seven years, I continued to make music and grow as an artist. My band Lunabelle, released an EP and a double single and we did some touring around the U.S.A. There were quite a few memorable experiences and some mild success. In 2003, I quit Virgin to go work for a friend’s start-up record label Divine Intervention. Unfortunately, that was short lived and the label disbanded after a few months. Lunabelle also broke up by the end of that year.

One night in 2001, I believe, a friend of mine who promoted and DJed a weekly party became ill and asked me to fill-in for him at the DJ booth. Considering my history with music and my huge record collection, it wasn’t a big stretch. That night was so much fun, that it became the starting point of a nearly ten-year career as a DJ in the Miami scene. At the end of 2003, my DJ career began to take flight, as I didn’t have many other things going on at the time. Things were going well and I decided to start another band. Marqui Adora was my band for the rest of the time I lived in South Florida. At first, we played a lot and got really good, really fast. Eventually we started recording and our priorities changed. We became much more of a studio band and spent most of our time writing, recording and marketing ourselves. My sound engineering skills really came in handy. This was the first time I had been in a band where we didn’t really have other jobs. This was it! I continued to DJ because I truly enjoyed it. At the same time, since we didn’t have money to hire graphic designers and the such, I taught myself how to use Photoshop, so I could make our band flyers, posters and album covers. Considering my ties to the club scene I naturally began to offer those services to promoters around town. I started making flyers and posters for their weekly parties. I took care of the design, the delivery to the printer and sometimes, the pick-up and delivery to the customer as well.

The nightlife eventually started to take a toll on me and I started to look for a plan B. For a number of years, my hobby had been cooking, so I decided to enrol at Le Cordon Bleu and become a Chef. At the end of 2009, I quit Marqui Adora and hoped on an airplane to Spain. I spent the next year working and living on the island of Mallorca and enjoyed my retirement from music. That year I met my wife. Of course I made her a mix tape with some of my music as I was very proud of what I had done and thought of it as a glimpse into my past. She liked the songs so much, that she convinced me to continue making music. By the end of 2010, we had relocated to Germany, were she lived, and I started Cygne Noir.

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