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Meet Christian Rivera of Fatally Yours in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christian Rivera.

Christian, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I first gained an interest in music from my grandfather’s and my mother’s record and tape collections. My first exposure to music included the likes of Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, and AC/DC, et al. Those, coupled with an old, beat-up acoustic guitar that my dad had since before I was born all led to me properly picking up the guitar when I was still in elementary school,

Since then, I’ve written, recorded, and performed with many bands and artists, spanning years and genres. Currently, I’m working with a band I started with my best friend, Keith, back in 2012. We’re called Fatally Yours.

Up until I enrolled in school, I taught myself everything I know. But there’s always room to grow and learn as a player, and there are just some things that you can’t teach yourself. In light of that decided to take a small break from performing to shift my focus to the pursuit of a degree in guitar performance. I am now nearing the conclusion of that sabbatical, and am looking forward to getting Fatally Yours back up and running, as well as collaborating with others.

I really can’t wait to get back on stage!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Is there a such thing as a smooth road? Haha, I don’t think so. Certainly not mine. And how boring would it be if the journey between where you’ve been and where you’re going were a straight line?

The life of a musician can be a rewarding, albeit challenging one. My first year here, I was actually homeless for a period of time, and if it weren’t for a few friends who are there to offer a hand up, I may very well have become another statistic.

Looking back, I see it as a kind of rite of passage. There is no success without the struggle. But my story is just getting started.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I suppose if there’s one thing I would have done differently, I would’ve pursued the degree right out of high school. Just like any other career path, I feel like some degree of education is absolutely a necessary ingredient for success—even if your goal is to break all the rules! After all, in order to properly demolish a building, you have to know how it’s built.

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Shane Gardner, Tara Lakatos, Anastasia Stanhope

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