We had the good fortune of connecting with Arturo Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arturo, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
In an attempt to not sound cliche, I don’t think you choose to be a creative. It’s something that is truly innate. You have this built up energy that wants to be released, and it can come in many forms. Mine just happened to be in the form of Music.
Ultimately, this is my message to the world, I am here and I am with you.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a very proud Latino American (shoutout Mexico and D.R.) who has had the fortune to have a platform on which to express myself through music. In my professional life, I am a practicing doctor. Most of my days are filled with critical decisions, so music is definitely my outlet.
In my early 20’s, I lived in the Dominican Republic where I went to medical school. What a PARADISE! Being in a different country exposed to an array of new sounds definitely left a mark on me. I became more in touch with my roots, and felt greater pride in myself as Latino. House music was starting to emerge on the island around that time. I caught the bug and started my journey on the dance floor. House music became the vehicle of self-discovery.
Fast forward to 2017 and my time became more available to get back in to music. I was a guitarist/vocalist in heavy metal bands in my teenage years, so making music was a BIG part of me that was missing. I started reaching out to my brother, Roger Sanchez on the music end of things. He basically started sharing his biggest influences from the past and present and opened me to a whole new world of music I had merely scratched the surface on. After spending more time listening, observing, and immersing myself in beats, I felt it was time to let the creative juices flow.
I would say my sound is unique in that I try to merge my various musical backgrounds from merengue, cumbia, and other afro-centric latin rhythms with hip hop, reggaeton, and even heavier music like metal! I try to draw from where I’ve traveled both sonically and literally. I’m still in a phase of finding my “Sound,” however with every production, I feel I’m one step closer to finding it.
I’m still a budding artist! Although I’ve been producing since early 2018, this is just the beginning. The electronic music scene is a very challenging genre to break into and you shouldn’t do it alone. The biggest thing I’ve learned is that it takes a village to move the needle. NYC is a big scene and you’re up against the best in the industry, however it only makes you better. There really is no place like it! By no means is it easy, but if you love the music, you’ll put in that WORK!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a self proclaimed foodie, so allow me to nerd out on y’all a little, haha. S.D. has got some gems, and when it comes to Mexican food, you’ve got a special place in my heart. I would recommend Barrio Logan for an endless oasis of tacos, but two stand out; Salud Tacos and Las Cuatro Milpas. Those are a must. For fish tacos, I usually get my fix at Oscar’s Mexican Seafood in PB. Brunch game in San Diego is heavy, but my go to would be Hash House A GO GO. Pre-game after the beach would have to be the Knotty Barrel before heading to BANG BANG or SPIN. I could go on all day about food, but you get the gist.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this to a few people.
Firstly, my family. Their love and encouragement has always been the light on my path.
Secondly, my music mentor, Roger Sanchez. He’s really taken me under his wing in my journey as an artist.
Next, my compadre Tone Troy. I can’t thank you enough as a brother in and out of the studio.
Lastly, my loving girlfriend Glenne. She’s really helped me evolve in every aspect of my life.