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Daily Inspiration: Meet Antony Espinoza Valer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Antony Espinoza Valer.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?

I am from Peru. Everything started when I was 15 years old and I decided to practice guitar as a hobby. 1 year later I was having a conversation with my parents about studying music as a professional career. It was supper difficult to convince them since they had a wrong idea about the music industry. However, nowadays they feel really proud of what I was capable of and what I’m doing now with my career.

I started to go to college in 2013 to pursue my bachelor’s career in Music Composition and that’s when my journey started. I met super talented people who became into my colleagues after a few years. I graduated in 2018 and I started to work in different places and with different artists. I had the opportunity to play in the Luna Park stadium in Argentina in front of 20k people, play in some tv shows and radios as well. I was part of the band “Peru Negro” who are one of the most iconic band of Afro Peruvian music/dance. Thank to them, I have a commemorative medal from the Congress of Peru.

Everything was going super well in my career as a musician and that’s when I decided to look something bigger in my life, to go to a new place and start over again. I decided to come to LA and pursue another degree but in Music Production this time. I had to work super hard in order to get some scholarships and to have a decent budget to come to the U.S.A.

Thankfully, I got the president’s scholarship for the school I was going to study (Los Angeles College of Music) and with that, I had everything ready to go. I had to left everything in Peru (Family, friends, and the career that I was building for five years). I finally arrived in LA in 2021 and that’s when my journey started here. I’ve met so many talented people who helped me improve my skills and knowledge in Los Angeles. I graduated in March 2022 and I got my second degree (Associates in Music Production). I started to work at LACM as part of the sound crew (Production Assistant/Lead engineer) and I’ve been playing with different artists around L.A. As a producer, I’ve been having some sessions with different songwriters/artists and I’m planning to release more music with them.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Not at all. I started my journey in LA alongside the pandemic and that was super difficult to me. It’s not only that you are leaving friends, family and stuff but also that you are going into a new city where nobody knows you and you are basically by your own.

Unfortunately, I lost three uncles due to Covid and that was super difficult to me since that happen when I was moving here. I had a mental break for six months trying to find myself and trying to not feel alone. It was a super difficult transition where I was trying to figure it out how to adapt myself into this new city/culture.

I was struggling with whatever was happening in my life, including pandemic and how it took some family members from me. I had to find some peace with myself and try to get more strengths than usual. Hopefully, I could find really good friends and family who made me feel better. Thanks to them I could find more strengths and more peace.

Even though there are some days the I miss my family and my culture, I can say that I’m finally adapted to this new life and nowadays I can’t be more happy of what I’m doing and receiving from life.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?

I am a producer and performer musician. My main instrument is the guitar (acoustic and electric) but I can also play the bass.

You can listen to all the productions that I’ve worked as producer on all the platforms. “Sabado” by Jason Guerra, “Manual de Tentaciones” by Lateral and “Grand Prize” by Collier Doak.

I’m also working on a project with Serena Rutledge (artist from Canada) where we are mixing our styles in each song we are making. You can find her music on Spotify as a Serena Rutledge.

Last but not least, I’m planning to release my own project as a guitar player, making a bunch of instrumental tunes between Rnb, soul and afro-Peruvian music.

I put all my effort to be a good professional in any situation I’m dealing with. I put my ethics and professionalism first because that is the most important thing in my opinion. I’m taking risks all the time, even though I am afraid of what can happen.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
Perseverant, disciplined, organized, responsible and hard working. Some times I push myself too much in order to get my goals done. I’ve been always a hardworking person and I think that helps me to keep going into my road.

I practice a couple of hours every day. Could be playing a song, improving with the guitar/bass, making a new beat or analyzing new music. I’m always pushing myself to learn new skills and to understand what is new to me and what I can improve as a musician.

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