Today we’d like to introduce you to Jen de la Osa and Henry Beguiristain.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Jen: Aloud is a rock n’ roll band which took three states to put together. Henry and I, who are the frontperson and songwriters of the group, knew each other as teenagers in Miami, FL. We moved to Boston for its music scene and thinking it was the polar opposite of Miami. We cut our teeth writing four albums worth of songs, playing countless shows, meeting our best friend and bass player Charles Murphy, and setting forth on our first couple of national tours. After getting sick of the weather, though, we decided to move West.
Henry: There’s way more to it than the weather, but a hill-sized mound of snow not fully melting till July feels like a great metaphor.
Jen: We’d always liked L.A. from our frequent tour stops and already had a lot of friends out here, so it felt a natural choice. The three of us found our new drummer Chris Jago and our two-piece horn section (Alanah Ntzouras and Vanessa Acosta) out here. It’s a great group of people I’m thrilled to be making music with. Since then, we’ve been playing out in L.A. and have an album in the can just waiting to come out.
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?
Henry: I haven’t done the math on this, but there are at least one to two existential crises every couple of years! Tours can go sideways, the best-laid plans can go awry, or a drummer chokes on someone’s vomit. One year, we lost half our band just as we were touring on a new record. We’ve gotten stuck in a few blizzards on the road, which can be terrifying. Figuring out how the hell we’re going to pay for making records or touring or what have you is its own adventure.
Social media’s a bit of a struggle for me personally. Facebook and Twitter or whatever other platforms aren’t great for anybody’s mental health, but ignoring it altogether isn’t really an option, so finding a comfortable spot in all that was and remains a challenge. It is what it is… maybe one day I’ll finally make good on my threat to buy a cabin in Vermont with the typewriter and the landline.
But yea, being in any band is a tough gig sometimes—most days if I’m being honest—but on the other side, it’s rewarding as hell. Being able to connect with people this way is a blessing. I can’t imagine doing anything else. We also seem to really, really enjoy making music together, so there’s that. We’re sick, sick people.
Jen: Watching a song you wrote come to life makes everything worth it. To see a song we’ve written go through the stages of arranging in the rehearsal space, to recording it in the studio, and then playing it on the stage is one of the most meaningful experiences of my life.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Aloud – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Jen: We try to walk that line between entertainment and art. If you’re coming to one of our shows and paying a cover—or even if you don’t—we want you to have a good time. We leave all our energy on that stage and windmill our guitars and sweat, hoping you’ll feel some kind of release from your long week.
Rock n’ roll at its best is about not giving a fuck, and we don’t want you to care about all that stuff that bugs you while you’re at an Aloud show. For 45 minutes we hope we can lead you somewhere else, so you can go back to life renewed. Good art does that. It pulls you out of yourself, so you can go back and face things.
I’d like to think that’s what we do with our shows and our records. I hope that we connect with folks. It’s important to remember you aren’t the only one going through things, so we sing our hearts out.
Henry: Really, though, that’s all a gateway to the true star of the show: Charles’ fancy footwork.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Henry: More existential crises! No, we’re really looking forward to this year. We finished an LP we’re insanely proud of and are shooting to release that mama jama in the near future. We’re already bouncing song ideas off each other for the record after that one.
We’ve got a new single coming out in April with more to follow this year, and we’re filling the calendar up with more shows. There’s a good energy within the band right now. This is probably the best we’ve felt about the good ship Aloud in a bit!
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