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Meet Andrea Aguilar of Overly Conversated in West LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Aguilar.

Andrea, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always been a huge fan of all genres of music, but Hip Hop has been my specialty. When I was 15, I created a website on Eminem that got the attention of his publicist after I was interviewed by the LA Times. It eventually landed me a job at Interscope Records and a meet and greet with Em. I felt like my life goal was accomplished so young. It was crazy.

After that, I ended up doing Hip Hop journalism for a few years. I wrote for publications like HipHopDX, Only Hip Hop Facts and worked at REVOLT TV. It was surreal having the opportunity to interview artists like Snoop, The Game, Pusha T and Big Sean. I feel beyond blessed.

Right now, all of my time and effort is going into a new DASH Radio show that my friends and I started called Overly Conversated. Aside from that, I have my own Hip Hop-inspired clothing brand called Trés Stacks and throw monthly Hip Hop events called The Drop Party at Apt 503 (in Korea Town) with another group of friends.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I feel like challenges are bound to pop up. That’s just the way life goes. The creation process of Overly Conversated took place over almost a year. I had many meetings with my friends/co-hosts about the concept and format, but the hardest part was getting started, and it required a lot of patience. We tried recording in a small space by Delicious Pizza on Sunset, but we had technical difficulties and there was a miscommunication of responsibilities. We reached out to see if recording at DASH Radio was a possibility and were finally able to book a slot. It’s been a lot of fun, but the team still works hard prepping, filming, engineering, editing and promoting, so I’m really grateful that we’re all so professional and do our part. Many thanks to Vicky, Rique, Santino, DJ Draulikz, Rick Ross and Brando.

Please tell us about Overly Conversated.
Overly Conversated is a radio show that I created with my friends who live to discuss and debate on Hip Hop from past to present day. No gossip. Just music. We love having in-depth discussions about albums and artists whenever we’re together, so it’s very genuine and fun. I believe that, along with our different personalities and perspectives, make us different. I’m really excited about the abundance of opportunities that we’ve been receiving and interviews we’ve been landing considering we’re only on our 10th episode. It’s all so exciting.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was shy and heavy into reading and art. I was a straight-A student who was considered a nerd. I feel like I didn’t become self-aware until I got into music in middle school. I dedicated my time to watching music videos, reading The Source and making huge collages of my favorite artists for my room. I became more social and loved talking about Hip Hop with my classmates over the years until I finished college. I never grew out of it and still feel like just a fan of it all.

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