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Meet Christopher Diaz-Infante

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Diaz-Infante.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’ve been a music lover since I was in the single digits. My father, a bit of a nerd, was into 80’s techno, and my mother, much of a metal head, was into classic rock n roll. How they ended up together to start a family is really beyond me. I always preferred my mother’s music because techno didn’t really speak to me the way that classic rock did. I started writing songs during elementary school while in class about my teachers, my friends, and stuff that made me laugh. It was 8th grade, YouTube just started up, I was obsessed with watching live rock n roll concerts of AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, and Iron Maiden. It was at that point that I knew I needed a guitar. I turned 15, and my father’s last birthday gift to me was a starter Fender Guitar that he got for under 100 bucks at Guitar Center. I couldn’t sleep that night. I was up until 6 in the morning learning the intro to Stairway to Heaven. Shortly after my 15th birthday, my father packed his bags and left us because of the constant arguing going on between him and my mother. I realize a lot of young men can turn to some horrible things when losing a father, but I was already saved by music. To me, nothing else mattered. My mother turned to the bottle, I turned to the guitar. Now, I was the only man in the house, it was a lot of pressure, a lot of struggle considering I was also looking after my two sisters who were filling the “fatherless void” by dating stupid men. All these life experiences prompted me to write really deep and personal songs.

By 17, I was playing bars all around LA County for 50 bucks a night. 50 bucks was my whole entire world. At one point, I was looking for a singer but decided just to teach myself to sing. I learned that all you need is the soul, and the first step to becoming a singer is already accomplished. Soon after my bar stints, I wasn’t welcomed back home because I didn’t have a “real job”. I mentioned my situation to one of the bar owners. They allowed me to live in the banquet hall of the bar. My rent money was simply performing every night for free. This really got my chops up as a performer. The gigs got bigger, the money got better. In a span of eight years, I’ve accomplished so much for myself as a musician. I’ve landed record deals, been featured on records, performed Van’s Warped Tour, won multiple competitions, performed for renown authors, took part in musical tours, and have been recently asked to tour the East Coast with a hit group. At 26 years old, I will strive to see how far I can go with one goal in mind, to earn your respect as an artist.

Please tell us about your art.
I create music. I write songs about love, struggle, and (for better or worse) self-acceptance. I’m writing about my life, and if people can relate to it, even better, That’s honestly what I would hope. I’m also the guitarist for the well-known punk band “JabberMouth”. I write all the guitar work for this group. Which, as a musician, I know I’m best at. Sometimes, it’s nice to put down the pen, paper, and microphone and go back to what got me into music in the first place, guitar! Whatever people take away from our music is really up to them. In “JabberMouth” Melody meets aggression in our music, layered with raw and animistic lyrics filled with tongue twisters and raging mind blisters about sex, drugs, death, greed and everything in between. As aggressive as that sounds, it’s actually a fun and lively group. And lastly, my girlfriend, Black Widow Chick and I have started our own East Los oldies duo called “The Zee’s” where we play Motown oldies and classic rock covers in hopes to make commerce.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Ok this a bit harsh. Do not, by any means, quit your day job. Regardless of how talented you are, this current economy will not allow us to live solely off of our music. Know your worth, and never get less than that. Also, stay away from pay to play. These pay to play promoters are literally taking away the artistic integrity from us and turning it into a greedy man’s game. Take a look at The Whiskey A Go Go if you don’t believe me. A once beautiful venue has been turned into a joke. I mean, come on! When you purchase a jukebox for your establishment, do you ask it to sell tickets? Being kind of a nerd, I’m going quote the Joker. “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.”

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
All my work can be found digitally.


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