JuanGa <3

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I didn’t say anything when JuanGa passed away; there was enough people talking about it either way (Even Obama tweeted!)… But, when I heard the idea about doing a tribute in his honor, I thought that was the perfect way for me to contribute and express what we as Mexicans and music lovers feel about it/his passing 😦 So, this September the 30th we’re doing a Tribute to JuanGa and I just wanted to invite you guys to enjoy one of the best Mexican gifts to the world, Juan Gabriel’s music (or as I call him for reference, the Mexican Elton John haha).

Sept 30th 9PM at El Sol y la Luna, Austin Tx. Here is the event on FB in case you want more info 😉 Happy last week of September :O

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Vote for the Best in Austin!

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If you’re thinking about the awesome people you know and want to support, why don’t you go to Austin Chronicle‘s best of and vote?! Here are some of my picks/Awesome friends: Ivete Lucas-Film maker, Gerardo Arellano-Visual Artist, Federico Archuleta-Mural Art, Gabriel Santiago-Musician, Mobley-Band, Xavier Treviño-Pastry Chef, Juan Alfredo Rios#ChidoMachine-DJ, JoyasPio-Jeweler, Limbo Jewelry– Jeweler, Cat Presley/@Chuck Edwards salon-Salon, Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt-Hotel, Blanton Museum-Museum #THEPROJECTO-Wild Card

Mobley @ Festival de la Cerveza

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I’ve been meaning to do this post, but a bunch of things happened in July that made it impossible; here it is finally! #FestivalDeLaCerveza all the wayyyy!!!!

A month ago we (Mobley) were lucky to go to perform at the “Festival de la Cerveza Monterrey” (Beer Fest Monterrey) and it was so much fun! We got the invite from our awesome friend Mike Ahumada aka Mike Volta from Jamming House (btw Mike was one of the first collaborators and team members at our agency and band incubator “Get Your Gig” <3).  We were ecstatic since we’ve heard about this festival and how it keeps getting bigger and better every year; this particular one was going to be held at the brand new Estadio BBVA Bancomer (Big Soccer Stadium) so we were all excited, and specially Alfredo who’s a big Rayados fan (the soccer team that plays there) any who, we were OOON!

The experience was super fun, it was great to see familiar bands, friends and that amount of beer & food all together ;P Mobley did awesome, people were dancing, singing, cheering and we also had a drunk guy performing for a bit (That is definitely not encouraged hahaha).

They even had a tiny tech glitch that no one even noticed because how well organized and professionals these guys are. A true pleasure to work with!

Im already waiting for the next one, be sure to follow my friends at Jamming House, they’re doing very interesting and different quality projects in Monterrey, Mx.

Here is a short https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FFestivaldelaCervezaMonterrey%2Fvideos%2F1315268655153526%2F&show_text=0&width=560“>video with some images so that you start planning for next year; yayyy!

*BTW Thanks to Jamming House for the pictures!

Cheers ya’ll!

Mu – Si – Ca!

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Last week I had one of those special moments with music that makes you vulnerable and just plain happy ❤

His name is Gabriel Santiago. He’s from Brazil and does Jazz mixed with Samba and Latin rhythms; The mix it is fun, upbeat and has tons of soul. When I first heard him my ears and eyes were about to pop out by trying to get it all in. I’ve been trying to watch him perform live again and his DVD/CD “Alive” Release was the perfect opportunity.

So, I went and boy was that a treat! When I first heard him it was a 4 piece band and now there were 16 musicians forming an Orchestra! It was one of those events where you feel like a kid and super excited, I have to admit I even released a couple of tears of joy. The music was fantastic, the musicians out of charts, the ambiance at the Elephant Room, great! People danced, clapped, and we were all very moved by what these guys represented: people being passionate and excelling at their instruments, oh and Gabriel, what an amazing job composing those tunes, you Rock!

You can add him on Facebook and he’ll let you know when he performs next 😉

So, what was the last time music or art made you vulnerable and happy?!  I’d love to know!

Gerardo Arellano

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This last Saturday the 21st I had the pleasure of witnessing my good friend and awesome Artist Gerardo Arellano receive the “Emerging Artist” award at the Mexican American Cultural Center‘s Awards of Excellence here in Austin, Tx.

Ever since I had the pleasure to meet this amazing artist, I’ve been blessed to witness how he’s grown and kick ass repeatedly with/without help and at times with a bunch of obstacles. He has persevered and is now very active and well known not only as a painter, but as a musician, PR machine, Dance Lord and basically a local celebrity!

Who would have thought that the friend of my friend that was basically my first contact here in Austin Tx ended up to be one of my favorite artists a great contact and one of my rocks here in the States. I feel very lucky to be your friend and to have crazy awesome pieces of your art!

Check his amazing work at his website or Instagram! He’s constantly working all over town so I’m sure you’ll recognize it whenever you’re wondering around; if you’re lucky you can even catch him dancing or playing the accordion on the East Side!.

Cheers Gerardo, keep’em coming, you very well deserve this and much much more 😀

Freelance

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So, I know I’ve been asking to bear with me, hold your breath, or whatever; Thank you if you’re still there. I’m not even close to finish one of the many ProjectOs (see what I did there? 😉 ) that I have planned, but I’m still working 12-18/7 ish on it.

Anyway, aside from your pity and compassion, I wanted to write/read my feelings for clarity purposes. I’m kind of awesomely quick at typing so its like my hands think by themselves so its super helpful to read what they’re up to…

Being in a freelance position its weird, and very defiant; when you work in an 8-5 job you can be sure that you’re overqualified, under payed, and usually better than your coworkers too; you know for a fact how much better you’d do in a different position if they would only give it to you, or if those sons of B would actually care. I knew all about it, I had strategies, and proving myself as an extraordinary worker was like my hobby, always helped my coworkers, and improved constantly even though I hated the job. I also hated the people, politics, rules, exploitation and the lack of humanity or compassion, so one day me and all my talents quit.

Ever since that day I’m constantly filled with emotions and anxiety, even after 8 months and multiple projects that followed and continue today.
I acknowledge now that when you’re the boss, you take the decisions, risks and responsibilities, and that S*>t its tricky.
There is no one else to blame and that’s S C A R Y!
I constantly doubt myself and ask if I should go back and focus on money; I’ve taken a couple projects like that and almost right away I realize my mistake. I owe to myself to believe that I can make it work. I wish I could be that assertive and sure all (or at least most) of the time, but as long as I have a focus driven by passion, should be enough.
Being fatigued is part of it; I’m always tired and have a constant type of “Writers Block” or something, just a quick look at all the lists of work I have to do, makes me sleepy and hungry :/
If you’re like me, you obsess like crazy, wanting to make it happen right NOW! And NOW means always NOW!. You cannot miss an opportunity, a phone call, Nothing! So, yup, prepare to work your ass off (literally if you have to be seated all day too!). Family, friends, people in general might not get it, but they do get that you’re not as present as you were used to, and you have to explain that it’s OK; you’re pursuing your dream and all of your loved ones are welcome to be part of it, inspire or get inspired.
In my experience, it has paid off, because if you work with Yourself as a purpose, things will fall in the right place. When you throw away the emocional or mental trash and make space for love, it arrives (sometimes it would seem like its traveling in a donkey but still). It’s being happening, wether I noticed right away or not; gigs, people, opportunities, fun, self confidence and pride, its just lovely…
Be strong friends! I’ll keep working as your guinea pig just in case! My Twitter might give you a “real time” sample of emotions haha so even when this looks kind of positive, you can read how it’s not always like that.
La la laaaa I’m happy I finished this post that has been sitting for like 2 months haha it wasn’t that hard I guess! I have like 5 more to go :[
Send me suggestions or comments if you want to talk or chill or whatever, I’d be happy to have a pen pal!
XO XO Gossip Girl 😛

Busy

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4 BIG meetings today, 4 really good projects that might see the light soon.

It’s so cool to dream and project in life. Do it as often as you can; even if nothing gets done, you practiced, structured and viewed your potential on a specific task, I definitely recommend it!

I don’t know if things will get done, I just know that I’m happy putting my talents, time and experience to work.

Thank you for staying there, I’m very excited to see these projects grow. Hopefully I’ll be able to present good content for everyone. Yayyy!

Stay in touch, I’d love to hear from you and make stuff happen 🙂