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Check Out Juan Antonio’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Juan Antonio.

Hi Juan, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I am a Musician, Composer and Content Creator (Youtuber, Author, Professor, etc.).

I was born in 1989 in the island of Puerto Rico, in a small town called Moca. I was lucky to be born into a loving home with two of the most amazing parents you could ever find. They instilled in me passion, curiosity and a deep sense of wonder.

In my teens, I lost my mother to a long drawn out battle to cancer; the process was long, excruciating and an eye-opening experience for any kid in their teens. Music was definitely the way to canalize all of the diverse complex feelings of the time. I still remember the day she told me about her diagnosis and how I buried myself in the arms of my classical guitar looking for some sort of relief from the somber piece of music that I was trying to learn at the time. Music keeps on helping still to this day.

At the age of 17, I moved to Los Angeles as soon as I finished high school. I wanted to learn more about the wonders of music and so I enrolled at Musicians Institute. I was lucky to study with some amazing guitar greats such as Scott Henderson (Chick Corea, Tribal Tech, solo artist), Greg Howe (Michael Jackson, solo artist) Alex Machacek, Chris Juergensen in my stint as a student. I will be forever grateful of the knowledge that these people passed on to me in my time in school, another life-changing experience for sure.

Once out of school, I worked as a guitar teacher for a variety of institutions including a school that is part of the Berklee International Network.

I now am a full-time musician, composer and content creator for my own company.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There has been quite a few bumps in the road from failed business ideas to natural disasters, but one always has to look for a way to keep moving forward.

Being from Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria in 2017 was a pretty big hit. I had to drop everything and go out to deal with the situation. I spent seven months in the island without water and power all the while the government in power was letting supplies go to waste in hidden crates that were to be discovered years later. The whole time leaving all of my personal projects and pretty much career in a whole for the time being.

Most recently, the pandemic tossed a huge wrench in the middle of some business plans, but I was able to re-imagine and re-design the way that I work and have grown my career a bit stronger.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a Musician (guitarist) and Composer foremost but am also an avid Content Creator.

As a Composer, I have just released my debut album “Sublimation” a few months back.

I once read “…Sublimation: when we get the sadness and pain and turn it into something beautiful”. I constantly think about this statement and how music (as art in general) has always served as a way to deal with life’s ups and downs. It always seems to provide some sort of wonder to the mundane, a friend in the loneliest of days and a cozy pillow to weep in on the darkest of nights. And this is the sole concept of this album. It’s a compilation of songs that revolve around the concept of transforming those darkest of nights into a glimmer of hope in something beautiful.

As a Creator, I aim to share information.

The main focus of my Youtube channel is to help spread music education. Being from Puerto Rico, at the time that I was growing up, there was a lot of misinformation running in my local circles. As soon as I got better informed, I wanted to help dispel such musical fallacies. It is because of this that I set out to create a music education channel.

As an author, I also aim to spread musical education. In my book “The Art of Scale Weaving” I look to connect different musical concepts by weaving them together in a system or color coding. At the time of writing the book, I had noticed a tendency in some of my students to look at different concepts as just that different concepts. All the while, a lot of them were missing target of connection between the concepts. I tried to help create a clearer path to this mindset with my book.

Most of my educational content looks to de-mystify musical concepts and to try to simplify it to the best of my abilities.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
The biggest lesson I have learned is that you should always look for the opportunity in the eye of misfortune and hardship.

The pandemic made me re-think my business and allowed me to transform it into a work from home situation. This has allowed me to have more time to put effort into my projects. It also has given me more flexible work hours. This has definitely aided in a better mental quality of time.

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