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Daily Inspiration: Meet Astrid Selena Garcia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Astrid Selena Garcia.

Hi Astrid Selena, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
As a kid, I joined the choir at my elementary school and though I always loved singing, I didn’t know that I could join a group and perform until then. I mean for a first-generation Mexican, we are brought here to become lawyers and work. Music was absolutely unconventional and out of the question. My love for music started there but ended shortly. My childhood was turbulent and music is where I found an escape. Unfortunately, I wasn’t necessarily allowed to listen to music without hearing severe criticism from an authority figure about the type of music I was listening to. This caused strife between music and me until about the age of 18 when I became independent. After that, I deep dove into music, learning as much as I could about genres and the classics. I had come across so many gems and eventually dropped nursing school altogether and pursued a degree in music production. Subsequently, the world came to a halt at the COVID 19 pandemic and I became apathetic towards production and singing. About a year later, I still couldn’t find anything more that I wanted to do than music and that’s how I came across DJing. I love music and the fact that I can create a vibe where people can dance and set free through some tunes is heaven-sent for me.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Absolutely not. I have no classical training and suffer from severe imposter syndrome. Not one person in my family took this route and most of the people I grew up went off to college to do something standard. I had to show myself the ropes. However, I do have friends now in the industry and they have been a great help in acquiring gigs for me. Apart from that, I don’t have a wealthy family. All of this requires money and I am so proud to say that I have gotten myself through so much of this but I thank my parents for their continuous support through a journey they do not understand.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a DJ. I myself purchase music and create my own DJ edits on Ableton Live. I also curate playlists for people to listen to. Although I love all genres, I specifically like genres that make people want to dance. Anywhere from Hip Hop to Cumbia to Reggaeton and Reggae. You name it. I am most proud of my resilience through some of the toughest times the world has seen (COVID 19). I was able to graduate with a degree in Music Production and learned to DJ. It is because of this that my one distinctive feature is my willingness to push through and continue to try. My resilience.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
A crowd of people singing along or moving to the beat makes me happy. Nobody has to know each other but we are all in the same room singing and dancing to the same song, feeling the same thing. We’re all friends in this moment. The unity that music can bring about in people who have never met before and have different backgrounds brings me joy.

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