Today we’d like to introduce you to Raquel Rodriguez.
Raquel, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My name is Raquel Rodriguez, I was born and raised on the Westside of Los Angeles, the 310. I started to pursue music at a young age when I began taking piano lessons early on. The piano lessons led me to choir classes in school, which eventually left me wanting more. In my junior year of high school, I switched from Santa Monica High to Hamilton High School’s Music Academy.
From there I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go. Like many college kids, I couldn’t wait to get out of my parent’s house and go to a different state, but instead, I went to Santa Monica community college to really figure out if I wanted to study music in school or pick something else. Once I realized music was the only thing I wanted to do, it was the most realistic choice for me. I started applying to colleges and universities across the country, only to end up at the University of Southern California (USC).
At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about staying in Los Angeles while all my friends left, but once I started school, I realized it was the perfect fit for me. Being accepted to the Thornton School of Music at USC really led me to find my sound, my band and some of my best friends. It gave me the opportunity to explore my sound and myself in an environment that was still very new to me but also still close to home. Once I met my band, we started playing around town and really making a name for ourselves.
After graduating college, I became a full-time musician. With the help of family, friends and most importantly, FANS, I was able to release my first full-length album “Miss Me” in 2013. “Miss Me” led me to some incredible opportunities and really pushed me into the “artist” world. I had to learn a lot, teach myself a lot, make mistakes, get back up, you know the drill. Once it was out into the world, I realized that I really wanted to make more music, A LOT OF IT. It was then that my partner, Sam Brawner, and I decided to build a recordings studio, Blue Dream Studios. (Sam is my drummer, producer, mixing engineer… my partner in every way. <3)
Blue Dream Studios was a game changer because it gave me my own space to create whenever I wanted. Since building Blue Dream Studios is 2015, Sam and I have recorded and released “The 310” EP, a collection of 6 songs that represent who I am as an artist and the city that I come from. Los Angeles is so diverse yet always so fluid. That’s exactly what The 310 is, 6 songs that are very different from each other, but still, come from the same place. Now in 2018, we are releasing “The 310: Part 2” starting with my first single “Mile High” available now! Keep an eye out for “The 310: Part 2” (prod. by Sam Brawner, Nigel Hall) being released fall of 2018!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Along with the general struggles most musicians go through, financial, emotional, etc…. my biggest struggle has always been self-doubt. Making music for people that genuinely enjoy it is one of the most amazing feelings in the world, but sometimes that gets overlooked by the few people who tell you it’s not good enough.
It’s so easy getting caught up trying to please all the people that say “No” to me, rather than paying attention to, and be grateful for, all the people that said “yes” and gave me love! Now that I’m older, I care less about the nay-sayers and more about the people who truly support me. The journey to this point in my life is something that I wouldn’t change, it taught me to stick up for myself, speak up, stop saying sorry, say what I mean, and be confident!
Please tell us about Raquel Rodriguez.
70’s funk | 80’s synths | 90’s RnB
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I don’t think I would start over, I wouldn’t be the artist I am now if everything came easily to me in the beginning.
What I will say is that I’ve learned A LOT of lessons along the way and I will take those with me to guide me in my future endeavors so that people don’t try to screw me over or so I don’t accidentally screw myself or my people over.
- Website: www.Raquel.LA
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- Other: http://www.youtube.com/rqlrod
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