My music is a story. Everyone has a story and the songs I make are just different chapters of my life. Remember that everyone has a different taste in everything so make the best music you can make and either way they would respect the hard work whether they liked the music or not.

Live Interview
Episode #562: A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax : http://tobtr.com/s/10548381

 

Jacqueline Jax logo photoInterview by Jacqueline Jax
host of A.V.A Live Radio

Band Name: UKNO
Person Interviewing: Hernan Esquivel
Song name: Thinking
Music Genre:: Hip Hop
This song is about trying to stay true to yourself and also about some of the things that I’ve been through growing up. It’s a self reflection about how I feel being a hip hop artist and not “fitting the mold” per say. It’s hard to be different without being the same, but this song is just me talking to myself and looking for answers that we may never know.

My music is a story. Everyone has a story and the songs I make are just different chapters of my life.

 

I have always been a fan of rap and hip hop music but have never actually believed that it was something I would grow into creating. I started producing beats in my room at 15 years old and before I knew it I was writing rhymes and recording.
This particular release, “Thinking”, represents my current direction in that it is a certain style that is as simple as it is complicated. I just want to make music people can vibe and relate to. At this point in music I am just starting to build a strong foundation with who I am and want to represent and this song reflects that.

 I create all my music in my personal home studio. Since I have my own set up, I don’t ever really have to feel the pressure of the hourly time limit other studios have so its nice to be able to create at will. When creating songs I always play beats for a couple of minutes or even hours until I find a sound I like. I feel that the beat to a song is as important to the lyrics so if the beat is just “alright” the lyrics wont get the attention they deserve.

Once I get the beat, I just start writing and usually can have the song written in an hour or so. After that I just lay it down in Protools and mix it all down to get mastered.

I have mainly collaborated with friends who also make music in my area but I hope to expand that horizon moving forward. A good friend of mine has always been a go to for writing hooks to some of my songs. One of my personal favorites he’s done is on my song “Back Then”. He did a great job and that and we actually have other projects together for the near future.

Something I love about creating music is that it doesn’t have to start or end a certain way. Its cool when sometimes I just have an idea and it turns into something completely different. It helps keep the ball rolling.

Right now, I work 2 jobs. One full time and a part time one. Its pretty crazy to say I have time for music but I always put time aside for it no matter what. I work as a full time Case Manager working with youth and families to get back on track with school and to decrease truancy and my other job is a Studio Engineer for a teen center where I run the music program/studio. Helping youths to create music, which is what I went to school for, is a dream job for me which helps keep me going and also aligns with my own personal goals.

I stay focused by always knowing that I make music for me as much as I do for the people who listen to it. Once I start to lose that love of just making it to make it is when I need to stop and go back to square one.

 One piece of advice that I got was from a good friend of mine and it really helped me to grow as an artist. He told me to remember that everyone has a different taste in everything so to just make the best music you can make and either way they would respect the hard work whether they liked the music or not. Making good impressions are valuable, especially to people who like to criticize. This just helps me polish my music that much more so that I can always have a good presentation to anyone who listens.
 I live in a pretty small town in California, Petaluma, and the music scene is pretty live here actually. We have some pretty historical venues called The Phoenix Theater and the Mystic Theater which has hosted some pretty big names in music and I have performed here as well. I think as much as I like the scene here, I want to explore other venues and places to learn and grow as an artist.
Website & social media links: : Instagram: ukno.music
twitter: @hehimself9
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ukno91
soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ukno-music
Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/ukno1

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