Today we’d like to introduce you to Daniel Ayala.
Hi Daniel, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My Name is Daniel Ayala but on stage, I am known as Legion X. I am a performing artist here in San Diego. Born and raised in La Mesa. It was there where I came up with the idea to start an independent label Known as “Mezzamind Records” with huge help from my right-hand man LZ. This would be the umbrella not only for myself but few other artists who wish to be more than just musicians or rappers. We focus on working with artists every step of the way in their careers. WE like to put our main focus on-stage performance. I grew up going to many local and national shows. Mainly hip hop and rock/metal. I always thought rock and metal show to be more entertaining. Whereas hip hop or rap was cool but lacked a huge aspect of entertainment. Where most rappers sing over their vocals or just walk back and forth on stage holding their “junk,” it became old very fast. As I progressed further in my music career, I began incorporating more production value to my own shows. Creating my own Lightboxes and smoke boxes I could take to any show and create my own ambiance specific to my music. My music has no exact genre because of this. I have come to coin the term Psychosis Rap. Topics that I cover in my music are very off-the-wall and psychedelic and could be seen as crazy and far out. I have recently dropped a music video called “The Truth” by Legion X on YouTube that tells a story of someone having a mental breakdown at work and seeing different versions of himself on TV screens. It concludes with that same person sitting inside of a TV himself whispering, “I am the Truth I am the truth”. This was done to leave the viewer to think and question the reality of what just happen. Whose version of the story is this about? Moral of the story… Question everything until you find your answer.
About ten years ago, I started investing in my own craft as a performer and recording studio. We now have a fully loaded studio with high-end analog gear to capture sonically the emoting of artists that come to record. as stated before, I also invested time in creating stage boxes to take to any show where I can have complete control of lights, smoke, and UV lights as well. One never knows what the vibe will be at venues, so I make sure my vibe is always special to every performance.
I am not a huge touring artist yet but I want to bring that same energy to local shows because I believe that is what is lacking in the scene. We do not have to have huge record companies behind us as artists to put on major shows. I believe that we as artists need to be more artistic in how we present our music to the people. This is my mission statement. I also believe we can do that through unity in our city of San Diego. A slogan we use daily is “Components Not Opponents” I will live and die by it.
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?
Nothing worth obtaining is every easy. My goal is to make a platform for artists to actually grow and be successful on an independent level. My journey has had many bumps in it, many disappointments, falling out with friends, been given bad business deals, a lot of money invested that I will never see a return from, I mean you name it, and it has probably happened to me. All of those hardships just make me want to succeed even more. I was not raised to be a quitter, for I was raised in poor circumstances, and that gave me the drive I needed to get through the BS and onward to my goal of one day being able to provide that platform for artists and become a touring act myself.
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 am an engineer, rapper, and stage performer. I would say that I am known for always putting on a really Special unique show. No matter the crowd, whether it is 2 people or 200, I always give it my all. I use neon green and red paint on my face to resemble war paint. I go onstage in a neon green and black Pancho with an Aztec calendar, and I occasionally shoot fire from my hands as well. My music is very aggressive, almost metal or hard rock with hip-hop backing tracks. This is what sets me apart from any other artist in San Diego. I put my whole artist heart and soul in my performances. Anyone can hate on me, but they surely will never forget me once I step on stage.
What does success mean to you?
Success for me has never been material. You see it on the social media that success is to be portrayed as having fancy cars and a lot of money, a big home, etc. My upbringing has been a humble one coming from nothing, remembering how I learned how to steal for food and in order to make money so kids would stop bullying me for how I looked and for the clothes I wore. Success is a state of being for me. I do not need all these fancy things for those around me make me feel like I have finally made it. having great friends in your life, a roof over your head, an able body to work, and most importantly, as long as you are happy doing those things, then I would consider you a success. I love the work I do and no one could take that from me. I have found my current success and anything more than this is just a cherry on top.
- Studio time per Hr. 45$
- Stage performance consulting 25$ per hour
- Website: www.legionx.world
- Instagram: @thetruelegionx and @mezzamind619
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/MezzamindRecords