Today we’d like to introduce you to Diego Alonso Reyes Mondragon.
Diego, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My name is Diego Reyes. I am a 24 year old producer and audio engineer originally from Mexico. I have always been in love with music and all the beauty that surrounds it. My dad bought me my first guitar when I was seven after I told him being a musician was my dream. My dad got his dreams of being a piano player crushed because of economical reasons so he’s always been supporting my dream of working in the music industry. While I was growing up, I was part of a few bands and that kept feeding my desire of making music. When I was in high school, I discovered electronic music. I remember listening to Madeon, Porter Robinson, Swedish House Mafia and being completely blown away by their music. It was something I had never heard before. I remember one afternoon I was sitting on the living room of my house and a video named “Pop Culture” by Madeon popped up in my recommended videos on YouTube. I watched it, and it changed my life forever. Right after watching the video I bought a novation launchpad and Ableton and started messing around with it. I was 15 at the time and that love for the electronic music never died. I kept messing around with music production and I was convinced that that was what I wanted to do as a career. My teacher in middle school told me about this amazing institution in Boston called “Berklee”. Instantly it became my dream school and I knew since I was 12 that I wanted to go there for college.
When I graduated high school, I looked up if Berklee had any production programs and fortunately they did. I grabbed my guitar, rusty at the time since I stopped practicing to focus on my production skills, and practiced for three months straight to prepare my audition for Berklee. I got accepted and I left my family and friends in Mexico and moved to Boston in 2016. Berklee completely changed my life. I met incredible teachers that changed my perspective of music and met extremely talented people that now I am able to call friends. When I arrived to Berklee I was a little unsure if I should keep pursuing a career on Music Production and Engineering or if I should start a band with all the super talented musicians in there. I felt like there wasn’t a huge “producer community” at Berklee and I felt a little unsure about what I wanted to do. On that first semester I remember, someone told me “Lido” was going to be performing at the Berklee Performance Center. I have always been a big Lido fan so I bought a ticket and went to the concert. I was out of words after that concert and right there I decided I wanted to pursue Music Production as my major. I went and apply for the Music Production and Engineering major and got accepted. In my 5th semester at Berklee I decided to start my artist project “Bloom Line”. I have been releasing songs under that name since 2018. I have released music with labels such as Frequency, Revealed Recordings, Metanoia Music and most recently Island Records. I graduated on May 2020 and I am moving to LA this year.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t been smooth at all. I have been struggling with self doubt and also anxiety for a few years now. I started developing a panic disorder in 2018 and it became one of the hardest years of my life. Going to music school is not easy. I feel like there is always the stereotype of music students not being able to find a job after graduating or people quitting to go and study something else. I was super lucky to always have a super supporting family and friends and that’s how I was able to overcome that “fear” of studying music. On top of that, at Berklee you are surrounded by the best musicians in the world. That was something that was always feeding my self doubt but it also made me work harder.
Bloom Line – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Bloom Line is my vision and is just my way to put all the craziness in my head into something that everyone can hear. I don’t consider myself to be a “gifted” or “special” producer. I think there are people that are way more talented than me out there, but I consider myself to be a really hard working person. I am one of the few producers from Mexico that have signed with Revealed Recordings and I think this is all just because I when I have a clear goal in mind, I will go for it no matter what.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My parents who has always been supporting me and have literally been spending life savings to get me an education like the one I received at Berklee. My girlfriend who has always been there for me no matter what. My manager Charlie Gendron who is always pushing me to be a better producer. My teacher at Berklee, Kara DioGuardi who every week was kicking my ass to become better. Friends like Emilia Antoniades, Mario Garraffo and Nick Smith who are people that I admire and have taught me so much and I owe them everything that I am as a producer.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/bloomlinemusic
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/bloomlinemusic
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/bloomlinetweets
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/53HYxzneeSBFFUEjkfXleH?si=UGj2fk89SAKu2I79HCk1CQ