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Meet Vince Esqueda of Bleeding Black Studios in Hawthorne

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vince Esqueda.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Vince. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Ever since I picked up the guitar, I have been captivated by what a person can create with sound. Noise clashing and blanketing a room with pressure and pleasure, then it just ends. And of course wanting to re-listen and do it all over again!

As I was brought up, my parents would listen to classic Spanish music from Mexico. At age six, my neighbor at that time introduced me to Frank Sinatra and numerous jazz standards that have followed me to this day. When I was 7, I was listening to K-Earth 101, then later found “Huggy Boy” (back when they played “oldies”). I was living in 60’s and 70’s until about age 13, where my music avenues took off. From HipHop, punk rock, country, metal, electronic, classical, musicals… You name it. I wanted to know what it sounded like!

As my music career began to form, I worked and started relationships with like-minded people: motivated and guided by the creative just as I was. That was the path I followed. From my adolescent days to present times, I have continued to learn and grow from the cultural diversity music and the arts have proven to offer. Building and striving with that mindset is what naturally kept me involved and focused on the objective: to partake in the creative experience and to write music to share with the world. A young man’s dream. My dream.

Everything in its patient time has been coming together organically. Music and the arts have brought me all my closest friends, who to-date I continue to work with as part of Bleeding Black Studios. As a business, providing the needed help at all stages of record production can be arranged (minus the record pressing, for now!).

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Along the way, I’ve learned how to laugh at and learn from setbacks. Trust me, it wasn’t always that way. And being self-funded has not been easy, to say the least. But it is satisfying. What felt like a never-ending period of my life, I worked a full-time job while continuing my passion for music. It felt like there was just not enough time in a day! Like many, I would write lyrics during my breaks to give them a pass when I got home. Or drive straight to the studio for a night session that would run until 5am, giving myself just enough time to make it back to work by 6am. Not sleeping for over 24 hours wasn’t uncommon. Then when you get paid, you have to decide the amount of money you can invest into equipment or your own work!

Being around good people has always made the soreness of the struggle ache for a shorter period of time. The satisfying feeling you get after completing any project, finishing a good show, or a productive session that everyone was excited about: that is what makes it worth the wild!

Please tell us about Bleeding Black Studios.
Quality and Truth. As a studio, having a mixture of vintage and modern gear has definitely set our tone. Recording singer-songwriters, bands, or putting together a studio ensemble for the next project is our workflow. As a producer, engineer, or working on a composition, perfection to my truest opinion and ability is what I’m known for. And it is trusted.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
In a world of give and take, there is already enough to analyze. Surrounding my life around the people I trust who helped me push forward was key. My proudest moments have come from the entrepreneurs and musicians I have had the pleasure of working and traveling with.

The creative experience can be life-changing. I wouldn’t change a thing.

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