Today we’d like to introduce you to Ernie Burgos.
Ernie, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve always been really musically influenced. My dad used to take me to guitar lessons at a local rec center when I was in elementary or early middle school, joined the marching band in 6th grade playing alto sax and the snare drum with the drumline all the way through high school, started dancing around in my room in middle school then got into the Hip Hop choreography scene as well after high school for about eight years, and now I make music. So yeah, man. My life’s revolved around music my entire life basically. I’m nowhere near where I want to be in life yet, but I’ve been blessed to meet some fantastic people along the way that believed in whatever I’ve wanted to do and gave me opportunities to get me where I’m at today. I’ll always be thankful for that.
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?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road, nor will it probably ever be really. There’s always going to be an obstacle of some sort, but that builds character. Anyone that tells you it’s easy is a liar. Both my parents immigrated to this country from Honduras, so their mindset is very traditional. Go to school, get a job, work the rest of your life, have a family, etc – the customary Hispanic grind. Because of that, they weren’t the most supportive when it came to going against those traditions and perusing something bigger. Not to say they’ve ever tried to directly talk me out of anything, but there’s always the constant reminder of the importance of going back to school and getting a job. So support at home has been a struggle at times. And that’s not even getting into how competitive and cutthroat the creative and entrepreneurial game is. That’s a whole ‘nother monster in itself.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Man. SPPLY&DMND’s a number of things. As of now, we’re a white label merch team. We do clothing customization. We have an in house clothing line called NO13ODY. We have a stylist, we do graphic design, I specialize in music production – we’re just overall a lifestyle brand. We have whatever it is that you need under one creative roof, and I think that’s what sets us apart.
What were you like growing up?
I grew up a relatively quiet kid. I got into some trouble here and there as I got into my middle school and early high school years, but thankfully nothing too crazy. I’ve always had a lot of different interests, so I had different groups of friends in school. I had my marching band friends. I had my gangster friends. I had my sports/popular friends. I had my dancer friends. I don’t know. I was all over the place. I was probably having some identity crisis and didn’t even know it.
- Address: 7667 Melrose Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90046
- Website: spplydmnd.com
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