My name is Rodrigo and I’m originally from Orange County, CA currently residing in Dallas, TX.
I started writing music because I grew up with a very musical family + there wasn’t a single day where I wasn’t listening to music growing up. I started playing piano at 9 years old, and then started learning percussion. I started getting a lot of influence from genres such as indie, lo-fi, downtempo, experimental, and jazz and ever since I started being more serious about music, I’ve always wondered what music would sound like if there was multiple genres in one body of work.
When I first started the Blue Capricorn project, I knew what kind of music I wanted to write, but I didn’t want to stick to one genre. I started listening to artists like James Blake, King Krule, Mount Kimbie, Nicolas Jaar, Bon Iver, Frank Sinatra, Massive Attack, Portishead, The xx, Tame Impala, M83, Damien Rice, and The Chemical Brothers, who are artists that have influenced me and helped me shape my sound today. Listening to their music really inspired me to stitch genres together in my music and it pushed me to be different + to stand out.”
This new album from Blue Capricorn got my attention even though it is not a genre I am listening to on a regular basis. I am not a huge fan of electronic music these days, but this experimental-slowcore-electronic-downtempo-darkwave album is something that works for me so much. It has such a beautiful atmosphere that is just flowing like a fall mist in the morning and you are not able to tell what the day will be.
I listened to the album from the beginning to the end and I enjoyed it. If you are not feeling into the experimental music as much, I recommend you to try at least WILL YOU AFFECT ME?. You will not regret it.
I reached out Rodrigo and asked our 3 Qs
What inspired you to start making music and what keeps you making music?
Having a broad taste in music was part of the reason why I decided to pursue music. One day in high school I thought “what would music sound like if I made it?” I had that curiosity for years until I had the confidence to step into a studio and record something. That was about 8 years ago. Fast forward to now, what gives me the drive to keep making music is my interest in how my sound will evolve the coming years. I’m just now getting started. I know I have so much more to share.
What was the most challenging thing in your music (artistic) path?
Being an independent artist will involve countless challenges along the way. To be honest with you, I’m still learning to navigate the journey that is music. I still don’t know what I’m doing half the time. I have to be my own booking agent, manager, merch designer etc. Wearing different hats is probably the most challenging thing. Not only that, but learning to have thick skin is a must. You can’t really take anything personal in the music industry. If you get rejected, it’s never personal because at the end of the day, your music is a business. You have to think about what’s in it for the other party. There’s been times where I’ve felt discouraged and questioned if Blue Capricorn should continue. Just be persistent. That’s the key.
What would you dream to do if anything was possible?
In a perfect world, I would love to work with artists that have influenced me. I’d love to play music festivals I have dreamed of playing at and tour the world. Last but not least, make an impact and be an artist people can identify with.
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