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Rising Stars: Meet Christopher Balgos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Balgos.

Christopher , we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Born 12/27/1981 and raised in San Diego. I have always been around hip-hop music all my life since a child. Around middle school, I realized I can express myself through rapping. In my late teens, I started to be around recording equipment and home studios. Through my years as an adolescent, I continued to write raps for fun but never took it further than that until I turned 27 and bought my first Desktop Audio Workstation in 2011. Thinking it would be fairly easy to make a beat, record to it and mix it down, I didn’t realize how much skill set was needed to make a song sound “up to par” with today’s commercially produced music. The following decade would be an extremely long learning process with plenty of trial and error to understand how a song is created from start to finish. After finally realizing what it takes to complete a song, I now had to learn the basic skills to be able to record, mix and master a song. After learning these basic skills it was time to fine-tune these skills to produce a quality song. Countless hours were spent teaching myself the basics of creating music. After recently reconnecting back with my cousin LiL Gino he had connected me with beats from grammy nominated and grammy-winning producers.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has never been a smooth road. Learning the basic skills to record, mix and master music is the easy part. In my opinion, sonically speaking, the difficulty is in the understanding of all the digital processing and how it works, as well as fine-tuning this understanding to create quality music that can impact listeners. Having worked numerous jobs with various companies, it always made it difficult to find time to pursue music after a long day of physically demanding work through my day job.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I have been in the Wind Industry for 13 years between (4) different companies. As of today, I am a Quality Inspector for a leading energy corporation in the Midwest. I am knowledgeable in the delivery, construction, and assembly of multiple major wind turbine manufacturers. From what I’ve seen in the wind industry, it is rare to see someone pursue their music career with a professional mindset and continue to work their normal job in the wind industry at the same time.

How do you think about happiness?
My two daughters, 15 and 19, and my sons, 3 and 6, are what make me happy. To be able to possibly give them all the resources they need to have a happy and successful life, through music, would be a blessing.

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