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Daily Inspiration: Meet Mario Hernandez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mario Hernandez.

Hi Mario, 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 began making music in high school. It started with making beats on my computer and recording tracks for myself and all of my friends and family that made music. I wanted to get a better understanding of the recording process, so I enrolled and completed the Recording Technology program at Citrus College. I continued making music in my free time working with many different artists and helping them fulfill and execute their vision and ideas. For some time after that, I was doing some freelance engineer work at various local recording studios. As much as I liked making a little money helping others create, I was motivated to focus on my music and use my time and energy to perfect my sound. Which is still an ongoing process till this day.

Sometime during all the freelance engineer work and releasing music of my own, I was introduced to the Instrument company Elektron. Elektron is a Swedish company based in Gothenborg that creates electronic instruments like synthesizers, samplers, and drum machines. I joined company in 2016, and I am currently Product Specialist for Elektron. My role as Product Specialist includes having a knowledge of how each device works and being able to explain and educate. I am also involved with creating content that showcases the devices functionality, whether that is explaining a specific feature or a live performance using the devices. I also help with creating sound examples and presets for the devices.

When I was introduced to Elektron, I feel like it leveled up the way I create and think about music. I now have the ability to create music that I am able to perform live with the same control and flexibility I have when creating in the studio. Thats how I work now, always creating with the intention to perform.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
In short, it hasn’t been a smooth road. School costed money and took time. There were plenty of times when I wasn’t able to afford certain things I needed to be able to achieve what I wanted, but I always try and make the best with what I have. Nothing is ever handed to you, you need to work and put in the time.

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 create, release, and perform music as StrangeStrains. I compose all my music, record, mix and master everything that I create. I perform original music live using hardware devices as well.

I also work with artists by proving them with beats, music videos and helping record and complete a project. That includes helping the artist with arrangement of their song, creative decisions that will help elevate their music, and anything else that makes better music. Being able to bring out the best from an artist that I am working with is something I am proud of.

I am 1/4 of the group Murder Van. Group consisting of members: Bruce Vain, IdeAlone, Ben0rr, StrangeStrains

A collective art project with many releases feature my work as a producer and rapper. Including “THE GLITCH” a visual showcase for artists to perform tracks live.

I guess something that sets me apart from others is having the ability to see an idea from conception to completion, using all my own skills to achieve that. It is great working with others, but if you want it done exactly how you envisioned, sometimes you gotta do it yourself.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
With the pandemic, we all learned things are unpredictable. But, I think the listener is going to want more from an artist, something tangible they can experience and feel. I think as a producer or beatmaker, there is going to be a demand for some performance aspect. Also, moving away from computers and using more hardware instruments when performing. I also think a more immersive experience when putting together a live event is inevitable.

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