Today we’d like to introduce you to Marvin Delgado.
Marvin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My interest in music started back in high school. My homies and I would make up little raps, spit during lunch and after school kinda thing. I kept writing and making raps all through college, but didn’t take it too serious for a while. When I was about to graduate university, something inside me just kinda clicked and it was like yo, I don’t just love music as a hobby, but it’s a passion and this is what I want to spend my life doing. After college, I made a promise to myself that in a few years, I was really gonna shoot my shot with this music thing.
Those first few years after college were all about making a foundation. I wanted to pursue music as a career, but I wasn’t about to quit my day job and lose financial stability you feel me. And then somewhere along the way, I realized that while I did love writing and rapping, I actually liked all the behind the scenes stuff more. So I switched gears to sound engineering and recording, and that’s when shit really started to shift for me.
After two years of working selling cell phones, I had finally saved up enough money to quit my job and really pursue music full time. I used what I saved to build my own studio, invest in myself, and start putting my name and work out. A few weeks after I quit my job, I was browsing my Instagram following/followers and reached out to as many people as I could about potentially interning or providing some type of value towards their brand/business. David “Yungin” Kim hit me back one night after a session and we talked for hours. He asked me to come by Chalice Recording Studio later that week, and after that day I began interning for him.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Nah, the road has never been smooth. The music industry isn’t easy to get into at all, and I think anyone who has pursued their passion in music can attest to the hardships that come with the game. Personally, my biggest struggle has been not being accepted professionally. You see, I’m self-taught. I didn’t go to school for any of this. In the beginning, I taught myself how to mix and record from scratch. With being self-taught comes a certain struggle, especially when it comes to getting paid. Artists always want to work with someone who’s already established or came out of so-and-so recording school. So just getting clients in the beginning, and getting paid for the work I do has been the hardest.
Please tell us about MixedbyMarv.
I’m a recording and mixing engineer from Los Angeles. I have my own home studio, and I work for David “Yungin” Kim as his assistant engineer.
I’m most proud of the atmosphere in my studio, and the connections I make with the artists who come in. See I was an artist first before I was an engineer, so I have a better understanding of what rappers or singers need when they’re recording. And I think that’s what sets me apart from others. I’m not just there to push buttons, and I really get into whatever session I’m in.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I honestly wouldn’t change my experience. I feel like the path that I’ve been on is the one I’m supposed to be on. I’m really thankful for the opportunities I’ve had. Especially interning and assistant engineering for Yungin. He’s really taken me under his wing and has taught me a lot about this game.
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- Instagram: @mixedbymarv
David “Yungin” Kim, Louis Metric, Angel Hernandez, Diego Perez