Originally from Peru, Sebastian moved to the states some time ago but this wasn’t his first go around with the US. He notes, “I have always been very connected to American culture: as a kid, I lived in Los Angeles for a few years, then went to an American school in Peru, and then came back to the U.S. for college.” With that, he’s basically been back home since moving back but headed back west to really start grasping onto a career in music after a run in another subject took a turn. And that’s where we’ll pick up in this exchange…
Kendra: How does one go from an Economics degree from Yale to moving to LA for music?
Sebastian: It’s definitely not an easy choice. I tried to convince myself for a few years that I could follow a business-oriented path because I was scared of the hardships associated with an artistic profession, but I was terribly unhappy. I realized that, regardless of any considerations of success, I was only going to feel any satisfaction doing music.
Kendra: Why not stay out east?
Sebastian: Most people in the music industry live out here, so I decided to give Los Angeles a try. Also, I had not been to California in years and am used to living by the ocean; that definitely made my decision easier!
Kendra: You’ve only been at this for about a year or so; writing music. What inspired you to pen your debut single, “Angel of Light?”
Sebastian: Most of the music I write comes from a very personal place. Angel of Light, however, came to me as a story. I’ve discovered that writing songs is very intuitive for me: I don’t have specific plans in advance to any given song. Hopefully a chord, or a progression of chords, will trigger some sort of emotional response in me; if it does, I try to stick with it.
Kendra: Is there more where “Angel of Light” came from?
Sebastian: A lot more! I have been working on material that I am very excited about. A lot of it is based on personal experiences, and I hope people will be able to relate to it.
Kendra: Basically, when can we expect more music from you?
Sebastian: I hope to release an EP soon. Most likely, it will be available early next year.
Kendra: Have you been able to find your footing in LA by way of playing shows and getting your name out there?
Sebastian: I will hopefully be playing more live shows in the next few months. My exposure, as of now, has come more from the Internet than from live experiences. I do think, however, that playing live is the best way to get your music out there.
Kendra: What’s going on with you come the new year?
Sebastian: I’ll be back in Peru to celebrate the new year. I’m hoping to write some new music and play some shows while I’m there. As soon as I get back to Los Angeles, I want to start playing the songs from my EP live.
Kendra: You’re still a bit new to LA but have you met any other up and coming singer-songwriters you can’t get enough of?
Sebastian: The past few months I have been a bit locked up working on my material, so I haven’t been able to go out and see other up and coming musicians here in Los Angeles. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to you guys soon on that one though!