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Meet Drew Zaragoza of Zaragoza in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Drew Zaragoza.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
April this year I toured and released my first solo album called Child of The Sun which landed on several Billboard Charts. All DIY. I made sure to try my absolute best in every area from creating and recording the songs to promotion and performing. This was the accumulation of my 16 years on a never-ending soul search through music.

Starting a band at age 13, I knew right away this was much more than a hobby. It was my greatest channel to connect with something higher than myself and in effect making me an outlet for that channel. My band made a loyal following in our hometown of Reno, Nevada by throwing parties every weekend and performing until the cops shut us down. It was the perfect release for our angst. I knew that opportunities were more abundant in Los Angeles so I relocated the band in 2008.

LA is a great place to learn and grow rapidly because it has a sink or swim mentality to it. The sheer amount of energy brought by all the individuals in all of their respective industries alone is inspiring. Again my band grew a humble fan base in LA gaining a residency at the Rainbow and playing all the other venues on the strip and then branching out to many of the west coast states. A pinnacle for me was performing at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest 2016.

While working tirelessly on my art, I have worn many hats in LA during the interim including working at a record label. Working at recording studios, producing other bands and probably my least favorite, being a show promoter. All of these taught me skills that I use on my own art as well but one thing I have learned is the importance of focusing energy.

I decided the put the band on hiatus, stop wearing so many hats and dig deeper within myself in an attempt to unearth something special. I am currently releasing singles for a cover album and recording my follow up EP to Child of The Sun.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s been a roller coaster! I try to remind myself to be grateful for every peak and every valley in my path. The more we can pick apart failures or bad experiences the more we can learn from them and try to not let it get us down. It seems like life has been a struggle since I was born but filled with beautiful blessings and blessings in disguise along the way. There will always be roadblocks in your path so you might as well follow a path you love. One piece of advice I would share is to know the people on your team inside and out and to not let anyone hold you back because in the end, only you are accountable for your success and failure.

Some of the struggles include coming from a family of adversity, losing friends and band members, getting lost in the motions, the LA lifestyle of partying (often too much), barista jobs, horrible traffic, bad customer service, the over-saturated vampire music scene,… wait this is starting to turn into a therapy session so that’s enough complaining from me! All in all each one has taught and shaped me into who I am today.

Tell us about your work – what should we know?
My aim is to bring myself and others happiness through music. I feel that pure, honest songs are needed right now in the world. This is something that has been missing from the bigger picture. The strongest human emotion is love so I theme my songs around that. I think people get a comforting, hopeful feeling when listening to Zaragoza. There’s a lot of bad in the world but there’s also a lot of good. I think if we can stop giving sooo much attention to the negative and give that focus to the positive side, we could really change the world. It all starts with the individual, don’t look to politicians or corporations or even community, look within.

From a technical side of things, I bring years of electric guitar shredding and rough vocals to my new acoustic singer-songwriter music. This gives me a unique approach. I also try my best to write from the heart, to take from that channel and give it to the world. I try not to judge my creativity but instead just let if flow.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Persistence and the ability to analyze my shortcomings and grow from them. Settings difficult goals for myself and making detailed plans on how to get there. Integrity and staying true to myself. A mastermind of people (two as of now) that I truly trust to get sage advice from. Did I mention persistence?

Pricing:

  • Performances / Showcases – TBD
  • Consulting $45 an hour
  • Social Media, Graphic Design, Web Design etc $45 an hour
  • Producing, Recording, Mixing, etc $45 an hour

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Image Credit:
Rani Prem
John Tuckness
CW Dickson

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