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Art & Life with Ruben Gutierrez and Ronnie Chavez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ruben Gutierrez and Ronnie Chavez.

Ruben and Ronnie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
The Nightowl collective was originally formed years ago on the day of late-night drinking. Its original lineup was Ronnie Chavez, Ruben Gutierrez, and Danny Louangxay. We were all could all play multiple instruments, so we could switch up on instruments. We never had a practice, but we played our first show in echo park at a random party our friends were playing at. We played 3 improvised songs that were literally just fast and loud and a cover of a song we cant recall. But a few years ago, Ruben started jamming with a long-time friend who played drums, some songs came out that we still play today. We later invited Ronnie to jam with us and that was the beginning of the new night owl collective. And after a bunch of shows and working at our sound here we are trying a trio of musicians just trying to play music people can love and enjoy.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Well, we play music. Most songs fall into the category of rock, but since we like to mix it up and try to keep things interesting, we change the subgenre of rock from one song to the next. This makes every song unique and is usually a throwback to the many artists that influenced us, also to keep a certain energy and flow of things, especially when playing a live set.

Most of our songs are either made up at practice and when we just jam and then try to arrange it and lyrics, and the other way is Ruben will bring in a song he has, and well try to get it down that practice. The message we hope people take away is to enjoy the time you have and take care of yourself from the people (and companies (ex. Amazon, Google, Facebook) to take advantage of and manipulate other people for their own monetary greed.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
The only advice we could offer is to respect and support other artists. Were all in it together trying to make it, so supporting each other helps everyone in your community of musicians. The only lesson we probably wished we learned earlier is how to book shows and how to networking, but that’s all in the past now.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can find us on social media except for Twitter, we don’t get Twitter’s appeal. You can follow us on the gram or like us on Facebook. You can also find our recordings wherever you stream music, we recently released a self-titled ep and are working on getting a full album out by next year. The best way you can support us is by coming out to our shows and telling your friends about this sweet band made up of man-children. Also, come say hi to us, we love meeting people that appreciate our music and a good beer. You can hang with us at our local watering hole at sunset beer company in echo park, one of us, if not all of us is usually there, shamelessly promoting our next show.

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Victoria Ocampo

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