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Meet Jayvid Borja of Jayvidd

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jayvid Borja.

Jayvid, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Music was always there with me from the start. I have my parents to thank for putting me on before I even came into this world. I grew up listening records from those like Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, DeBarge, Prince, and others among that era. I loved the pulse and the feel inside of songs from people like that, and that led me to pick drums for band class in school. I got my first drum set right before going into highschool and began self-teaching off of youtube videos. I continued playing in all the band classes in school, and after graduating high school, I ended up choosing the Music Education route for college.

Shortly after studying for a music education degree, I had the opportunity to transfer to the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena. In Fall of 2017, I left my hometown of Visalia in Central California to pursue a music performance degree. Being in LA has led me to be in places I wouldn’t think I could get to within my first two years of being here. I had been producing beats on the side for a few years before, but now it’s becoming more of the forefront of what I do, including playing drums. Along with music school and the continuous collaborations with different LA artists, I am in the midst of producing and writing my own music.

Has it been a smooth road?
If the path to success seems to be easy going, then something is wrong. Especially with art or music, there’s always obstacles of many shapes and forms in the way, most of which can be internal. There are countless other people in the industry doing the same thing as me, so I had to remind myself to stay true to myself and my art and not fall into the mental trap of “what ifs”.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I mainly juggle between producing music and playing drums for recordings/live shows. I’ve been blessed to have worked with many artists and friends in LA, including Emmitt James, Rozen, Claudio Parrone Jr., Hannah Ayers, Samica, Natey, Domino, Rose Gold, Ro James, and a handful of others I may have forgot to mention. I’m most excited for a new wave of music I’ve been producing both for myself and for other artists coming into 2020.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
This city is definitely good for any artists looking to build their foundation. People may stray away because of the saturation, but I believe it builds individualism in each person’s art and music. Collaborating with others that do what you do is also a very inspiring experience and that’s what sets this place apart from a lot of other locations around the nation.

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