I was born in El Paso, Texas as my parents' first-born and the first generation of our family to be born in the United States. My parents are both Mexican and my father was undergoing his medical residency at the time. My mother was only permitted to visit the US but not live here. When we moved to Brownsville, another border town, we would make frequent road-trips to see our family in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. When we returned to the states, I recall my mother would step out of the car once we arrived at the bridge in Matamoros (the border town on Mexico's side) and opt to walk the bridge and cross by herself, as opposed to with my father and I in the car. We'd meet up after we all had crossed at a local Whataburger and head home. At my young age, I didn't realize or fully understand why this was necessary for my mother to do. I just knew it meant she wouldn't get in trouble and she could come home with us. Today, I am very proud and happy to say that both of my parents are American citizens!
I decided to attend Berklee College of Music once I left home and pursue a career in the music industry, specifically as an electronic music producer, sound designer, and film/tv composer. Music has always been a part of my life in a profound way, and the penchant to create music has always lived in me, cultivated by parents who always supported my passion. Music and sound is so ingrained in every fiber of my being that I'll hear rhythm at a busy intersection or find harmony amongst the sea of voices in a crowd. Music is indeed an extension of myself and I believe it is the most important form of expression that we have. Whether you own digital or physical copies of your music or you rely on streaming, sound is the closest thing we have to magic because it begins as a mere idea in someone's head which is then transformed into something intangibly tangible. Music has the ability to inspire, to heal, and to transform. It instantly transports you to places you never thought possible or to places you remember fondly. Music is more than therapeutic - it is as essential as food and water. If you don't believe me, I challenge you to go 2 days without listening to any music. You'll notice the difference sooner than you think. I couldn't imagine a life without music, and I've dedicated my life to creating more sound that makes the world a better place for future generations.
Recently I made the 26 hour drive from Brownsville to Los Angeles, California, where I continue to write music alongside other producers and musicians like myself. When I am not writing music, I am also in charge of social media and graphics design for Lincoln-Goldfinch Law --including the design and distribution of this newsletter that you all are so gracious and awesome for reading every month. I first met Kate during my transition out of college and into the real world. I lived in Austin for a few months and began working at her office. I have learned so much from her perseverance and dedication to her work. I chose to work at an immigration firm, because it's a subject that hits close to home, and because it's incredibly satisfying to help other people's dreams come true. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to help people with their immigration cases and to help bring more people with immigration needs to Kate because few attorneys possess the compassion and understanding that she seems to have endless supplies of. I aim to work with passionate people and the entire staff at her firm are equally as inspiring and hard-working. I could never put into words what it means to me that Kate has given me the opportunity to work remotely because it gives me the flexibility I need as a musician and also the livelihood needed to survive as a freelancer in a highly competitive industry. I think I'll write her a song. :)