Where are you from?
I was born in El Paso, TX and raised in Juarez, Mexico. A PURE Mexican/American, border dude making music!
When did you start making music?
I started making music around 6 years ago when EDM music was at its peak. I started making Big Room and Progressive House, later I started to produce more Future Bass influenced music. Now, I believe I make a combination of all the genres and styles that most influenced me. In other projects, I also make different genres for other artists like pop, hip hop, indie and whatever comes to vibe!
How do you describe your music?
I describe my music as a dance-pop electronic genre that shares chill melodies and makes your head dance! I try to keep it as different as possible but keep it true to who I am at the moment. I love different.
Favorite moment from your career?
Since I just launched my career and started releasing remixes and original music last year, I haven’t been able to have huge highlights in my career as of now. The pandemic is not helping that much with that! But I love working with other people in genres I don’t usually make. I believe I unleash the best of my creativity working with different music.
Who is your biggest musical inspiration?
My music is heavily influenced by artists like Flume, Louis the Child, and Whethan. I love how their sound has been evolving throughout the years. I’m also inspired by record producers like Guy Lawrence, Roget Chahayed, Louis Bell, and all of those masterminds behind huge hits! Another artist that inspires me is Michael Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, I’m fascinated by their work together and the huge impact they made in music history. As you can see, genres are all over the place! And I try to show that with the music I make.
What is your producing software?
I have been using FL Studio since I started and I’m super comfortable with it! Fruity Loops has been with me at the highest highs and lowest lows! These past days, I’ve been considering to start mixing on Pro Tools, so that might come in the future.
What other things do you do besides making music?
Right now, because quarantine is going on, I’m always doing something related to music! I’m either doing more electronic music, pop/indie or even hip-hop beats. In the morning I always try to practice and play the piano. And in the evenings, I’m either on creative mode making music, or on Twitch streams trying to learn some more on production and mixing. You can also catch me up on TikTok doing fun remixes, like flipping Harry Styles’ “Adore You” to the 80s and many more fun production content. I love to work out and every once in awhile read a book. But I love to feed my mind with music and knowledge as much as I can.
What is your favorite track of all time?
I think that this is an impossible question for everyone! I believe that our favorite tracks represent some time or moment we are or were going through in our life, and they always change to highlight different “eras”. But anyway, one of the best songs of all time has to come from Michael Jackson with “Billie Jean” or “Thriller”, there are some crazy tunes on that 80s/70s era. Also, love that classic Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong romantic music. And if we are talking about the now, we have some amazing Flume songs and Tame Impala as well. The best tracks of all time are everywhere!
What is your best-producing tip?
If you’re into sound designing and having cool sounds in your productions, try finding presets and sounds you love and tweak them. Change the wavetables or ADSR to get unique textures. Also, try using sounds for the opposite thing they are “made for”. If you find a cool pad, try to make it a pluck or a synth, you might come up with cool sounds.
Why did you start making music?
I started making music because I was in 2013 at the now-extinct Sun City Music Festival in El Paso, I looked up to the DJs on the big stage and said to myself “I also want to play my music to thousands of people and have some fun!”. When I graduated from middle school in Juarez, Mexico, my parents helped me out with half of Fruity Loops, I put the other half and just started making music!
What are your goals for the future?
I plan to release more electronic bops under Balo! I have a lot of tracks that I absolutely love and want to share with the world. I also enjoy making tracks for other artists in other genres. I plan to work my way up until I get huge placements and collaborate with my favorite record producers that I mentioned before. It will be a fun and entertaining journey!
What advice can you give for young music producers/DJs?
Use reference tracks and get lost in the process! If you are just starting, get one of your favorite songs and try to create something similar. The key here is to get lost in the creative process and I bet you’ll end up with something different and original! Also, make sure to always finish songs, doesn’t matter if they are bad ideas. Every time you finish a song, you become a better producer compared to who you were starting that song. Have fun!
Please write a message to your fans.
Thank you for listening to my music and my projects, it truly means everything to me! Follow me and be part of the journey because we will have hella’ fun along the way! Love you.
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