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Meet Ernando Recendez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ernando Recendez.

Hi Ernando, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I love music. I love to sing, perform, and write songs. Both my parents are musicians themselves, my dad a drummer and my mom a singer. They met in a band in the 80s and then I came around, so from day 1 I’ve been involved with music some way or another. It wasn’t until the age of 7 I vividly remember my first time getting on a stage and singing. I didn’t really feel nervous but really excited because now I didn’t have to watch my parents play from backstage but now I could be on stage with them. That started the fire for me. From there, I went on to study music classically at LACHSA and learned how to write and produce my own music. Now I write songs in my bedroom and play in a band with (you won’t believe it) my brother, my dad, and my mom does sound for us. We call ourselves “Ernando and the Nandos” but you can call me Ernando.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
For me, every part of this journey has been somewhat of a struggle, but struggling doesn’t mean I’m not having a good time. In those times, I try not to let hardships set me back or put me down. I’m not perfect I sometimes lose those battles but something happens every single time. The outcome of those hardships teach me the greatest life lessons and help me appreciate my craft and how far I’ve gotten in this journey. I’ve never been the type of guy to go to parties or hang out with friends and sometimes even family events because I’d rather be listening to music or writing or playing guitar, and so on and so on. I’d rather be working on my craft more than anything else. I’ve lost some friends and family to this sadly but it helped me understand people. See that’s one of those life lessons someone can’t teach you, you just kinda gotta figure out. I like figuring things out.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a musician/singer/songwriter/producer/entertainer/cool dude. I would say I’m most proud of my original music. I’m not the best at what I do but I think I do a pretty ok job at it, and sometimes when I play shows that confirms that. I love watching people’s reactions when I perform with my band, and sometimes I see people singing along to MY SONGS! Like what?!? That’s the coolest feeling ever. I watch other musicians and artists and not all but most lack the one thing that’ll push them in the right direction: relatability. When I go on stage to perform, I’m just like everybody else, I’m not above or below you, I just wanna party with you and make you feel good with music. I think that’s what sets me apart from others in this field. I’m not afraid to make that connection with the audience, and I think we as people need to connect more, especially in these times of division. Don’t be afraid to smile, let’s just all feel good together.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
It all starts by being true to yourself. Being your best self helps people understand you. In this field you need to have a balance of confidence and humility. You don’t wanna be cocky but you don’t people to walk all over you either. Standing up for what’s right. A huge quality I think specifically every musician and artist needs to have is the ability to forgive yourself cuz when those hard times come, it’s you and yourself at the end of the day. And lastly, I’d say, as cliche as it sounds, love. Love yourself. Love others. Love your craft.

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