Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Hey guys, thanks for having me on the site! Well, I grew up in Nicaragua and since age 13 was playing in local punk rock bands. My mother was a local famous singer so since I was a child our family home was 24/7 filled with music and musician friends. After my first experience on stage, I was hooked. I haven’t stopped playing music full-time since 12 years ago.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
I’m Baruch (Pronounced like Ba-roosh)!
Born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua, but currently live in LA. Prior to doing my own tours and music, I was a professional guitarist for different artists. My first arena world tour was at the age of 16. I have massively enjoyed and tried to learn as much as possible from every musical context that I’ve been a part of. It’s been quite the journey! Not always easy, but always full of meaning and purpose. Present day- I’m creating my own music and touring around the world. I also teach a creative masterclass to empower artists and creatives worldwide.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
My current measure of success is not the typical secular standard. I don’t aim to be on the top charts or to become a trending topic. For me, success is being true to myself, creating art, and sharing it with others… doing what God created me to do. I allow myself to not have the inherent pressure to compare myself to other artists or to measure my “success” with numbers or stats. I’m happy with where I am, and knowing that what I do is full of purpose is a priceless feeling. My heart is to inspire others and to share my faith and love with the world.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Not really. I am, however, a very critical thinker. In today’s polarized and “politically correct” societies, it seems at times that asking questions is not okay. As good stewards of intellect, we have a fiduciary duty to question everything, to think for ourselves, to approach hard conversations, to read things that challenge our biases and world-views, and to not become imperialists of thought with our peers. Let’s always embrace respectful dialogue and not demonize others who think differently than us.
Let’s share the love, what bands are doing really well in LA?
In LA there’s so much good music and amazing new artists. Currently, vibin’ hard with my friend Peter Saputo’s new music.
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
Be authentic with your sound and your message. Play to express, not to impress. And please, don’t follow trends, follow your voice and calling. Create every day if you can, and don’t give up when it gets tough. Do what you love because you love it, not to compete or to prove something.
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
I didn’t hoard toilet paper like most Americans, haha. I bought so many books I have yet to read through.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I had a concert in the mountains of Bolivia during the winter and forgot to pack a jacket. I was freezing so much on stage that my fingers were not reacting on time to the chord changes. It was brutal. And recently, last Sunday in Vienna someone spilled water on stage and I slipped and fell haha. However, It was done with swag and I didn’t miss a beat!
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I once ate a rat In Peru.
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
A sonic representation of cream cheese on a bagel.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I like to be authentic. As a faith-driven artist, I try to make good music with a message of hope that doesn’t so cringe to listen to. I don’t even follow a specific genre as I create a song. Some of my music is folky, some are R&B, some is hip hop, and I’m currently doing an 80’s synth-pop collaboration with an artist from Czechia.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
My new song is titled, “As I Am”. I wrote it with my friend Thomas Allen upon my arrival in LA from a sold out Europe tour this summer. This song inspires listeners to be their authentic selves, and to know that God sees us and loves us despite our imperfections.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
We actually wrote this song in about 20 minutes. We came up with the concept and just started throwing melodic and lyrical ideas until things began to hit. Then we recorded the vocals right away! It was such a good flow. I’ve noticed that when inspiration comes, you gotta take advantage of it. Never postpone inspiration.
What was the recording process like?
I have a great team that helps me produce my music. My producer Jacob Neverhill who lives in the UK collaborates with me and Thomas. We send Ideas back and forth until we are all happy with the final results. I’m truly so blessed to have such incredibly people on my team. I could not do any of this without them.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Not being so hard on myself when some of my songwriting attempts failed. I’ve found that creativity is a muscle. I have disciplined myself to just keep writing and writing and now the process has become more fun and rather easy to do.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Yes! I’m on tour through East Europe until Nov 15, come to say hi!