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Rising Stars: Meet Michael Diestra

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Diestra.

Hi Michael, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I’ve always had a love for music. I started playing in rock bands at the age of 13. I played shows at the House of Blues, Whiskey A Go-Go, Chain Reaction, and more (just to name a few). I was surprised there was opportunities for a kid like myself to play music at such great venues, but I loved it anyway. A few years into playing music, I decided to quit. Today I look back and think it was because I wanted to make my parents proud. They wanted me to go to college and get a degree, so I kinda gave up music until graduating college. I still played in bands throughout high school and college but as much as I wanted it to be a priority, it was always second priority. I returned to playing music recently by deciding I wanted to create my own music. I worked for 2-3 years teaching myself the guitar and how to record from home, and today I have a full album worth of music.

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?
I struggled along the way for sure. My parents wanted me to focus on school, and I did it (and did well at it) but it never made me as happy as music did. There were times in which I’d be a full-time student, work a full-time job, and still drive 2 hours north to practice with my band in Riverside on Sundays. Even during my busiest times, I made it a point to play music.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I describe my music as California Indie Rock. I want people who have never been to San Diego (or California) to experience how nice it is here. If you listen to my album, you’ll understand what I mean. People tell me it is relaxing to listen to, it’s surf rock, and it makes you think. I’m a very introspective person so the music I make gets you to sit with yourself and think deeper about life but in a pleasant and nice way.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
Yes, I use FL Studio to record my music now. I use Instagram primarily to promote my music. My bookshelf is stacked with personal development books. I’m big on staying motivated and learning all the time. Other than that, I’m always open to finding new tools and resources that can help my workflow.

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David Vazquez

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