Today we’d like to introduce you to Oscar Fernando Perez.
Oscar Fernando, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m from Colombia. I used to be a hardworking Materials Engineer and almost started a PhD but I decided to become a full-time musician. In 2017 I moved to NYC perusing the music with my then girlfriend and now wife Natalia.
I was in my bedroom for 10 years obsessively listening to Nirvana, Radiohead, The Beatles, Muse, Placebo and another thousand bands and writing crappy songs without realizing I was writing songs.
I started Tender Beats in 2016, an alternative rock band back in Medellin my hometown. In 2017 I came to NYC looking for a new line up.
In early 2018 Vicky Hamilton who used to be the manager for Guns n’ Roses and Poison, contacted me and asked me if we would be interested in management.
We toured the west coast during summer 2018 and will record a full length on winter 2018-19.
My wife has supported me and we love each other to the point of insanity.
Tender Beats has finally a permanent line up. Waverly Langston from NJ which is the best drummer alive (I do claim that for real) and Matthew Lippold from Australia the most thunderous bassist you’ll know.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I write rock songs and film score.
I want to write songs for people to sing with their eyes closed.
My artwork is trapped very deeply inside of my chest. The songs are enclosed in something like a coffer and they are swirling around ferociously trying to get out. It is really hard for me to reach to them and get them out, they are tickling my chest and even hurting it all the time. Every time I don’t reach very deeply the song is shit. So, I have to work and concentrate really hard to write one good song and it has just happened with four songs that are yet to be recorded.
For rock songs I take my guitar, generally the electric guitar and start hunting for a cool riff, then I try to look for a good melody that goes with that riff. That’s usually the chorus, then I find the verses and then I write the lyrics. Can take 3 mins to 13 years.
For film music, I take my guitar or piano and try to find nice little ideas, nice figures that are full of emotion. Then I write the rest around that figure.
I write music for three reasons. One, because besides my wife, writing music is the only thing that makes me feel whole. When I write a song, I like I feel I fill my inside hole a bit, in that moment I get a tingling of pure pleasure in my chest. Second, because It makes me feel humble, giving, calm, optimistic. And third because I want to deliver the message of happiness through writing good songs for the simplest enjoyment and more importantly writing about hope, science and development.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
Society is yet to figure how to nurture its artists. Many artists go to waste because they never perfectionated their art for lack of resources or because they didn’t even realize they were artists early on in their life in the first place for the same reason. In music more specifically, there is nobody taking any more risks for new acts
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
- Website: www.tenderbeats.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tenderbeats/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tenderbeats/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/TenderBeats
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC35wJDEqw7xcvRtZm4teZjg