We had the good fortune of connecting with Roi Bars and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Roi, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Being constant, whether I’m getting the results I’m expecting or not. People want to see how much we are willing to fight to obtain what we want, and it can be hard to stay constant because they will try to bring us down due to their own fears and limitations. The important thing is to keep going forward and not wasting time looking back on what it is already done. We’re not going that way.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My interest for music started at a young age thanks to my father. He used to be in a rock band that I was amazed by as a kid, so I tried it out and I knew that this was what I wanted to do. Our house had a spacious rehearsal studio which made it easier for me to be around music. Having that space available gave me the advantage to organize plenty of events/parties there, and invite musicians and friends to play gigs every week. I gained experience as a singer and performer. I was raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco. I started guitar lessons at a young age and moved on to drums and vocals. I formed part of three different music project through middle school, high school and college, expanding my taste on music genres. I was 18 when I wrote my first album called “Overthinking”, inspired by a girl that was really important for me but made me go through tough times. We promote it and performed around the city, in venues and theaters. A few festivals and appearances in TV (Televisa) gave us a local recognition. During college, I met a manager/promoter which got us into the music industry pretty quick. As a result, I was about to accomplish something very important in my music career, which was opening for one my favorite and biggest indie bands from México called “Porter” but before that, life changed in a blink of an eye. Due to a family emergency, my brother and I needed to move to San Diego urgently to help on the situation and support in any way possible. The band dissolved. Completely unknown to a sudden change of life, I decided to keep pursuing what I found meaning the most; Music and family. Having the opportunity to study communication and digital media eased my way to start building up my indie project “Roi Bars”. At the beginning it was a bit difficult to adapt to a new environment, to support my self economically and start making new relationships due to the circumstances, but later on things started to fall into place. My family situation got better, the isolation that I was in allowed me to keep learning and preparing my self musically for what was up next. I learned how to produce professionally my own music and later on I met great artists which I’ve worked with and had amazing shows together. During that time, I wrote and produce my albums “Feel”, “My Overture!” and multiple singles afterwards. I take inspiration from my basic aural skill to produce captivating progressions and original melodies. My current sound reflects different aspects of indie, bedroom, and electronic influenced pop, making my music a unique mix between sub-genres. With the support of my online presence, I continue to grow in my work within the music industry.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When friends/family come to visit I always have three restaurants in mind to take them to. These are: “Rocky’s Crown Pub” by PB, “Phill’s BBQ” by Point Loma and “Rustic Root” in Downtown. The quality of food of these three places is remarkable and unique. To spend some time in the morning or afternoon, I would take them for a bike ride at Coronado, ride the ferry to go all the way to downtown and if our energy allows us we would finish by Balboa park. Any other day I would take them to mission bay or PB for them to know around, maybe light up the grill there. Something that helps me scape reality is watching movies but I wouldn’t take them just to a regular cinema. So, one place that I wouldn’t let it pass is “Sugar Factory”. They hook you up with sweet drinks that I’ve never seen before, wile watching a movie. I really like the night life at bars and venues with live music. “Prohibition” caught my attention right away because they bring you back to the 1920’s as soon as you walk in. this is a bar located in Gaslamp Quarter, DT. Board games wile drinking can be really fun too, so when I learned about “Punch Bowl Social” I kept bringing people over and over to this bar. This place thought of every bar games they could find elsewhere and put it all together in just one place. You can find plenty of board games, arcades, bowling and way many more games to play there. “The Shout! House” has a really dynamic and fun piano show, and just to name a few more bars that I would take them to, are “Smoking Gun”, “The Salty Frog”, “The Merrow” and “Rustic Root Roof Top”.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank my father for all the support he has given me since day one. Him, being a musician has basically made him my mentor through the good ones and bad ones. Also I want to give a shoutout to Geo, from “Gettaway 95”. He has stick with me since I started performing here in San Diego. He has been hooking me up playing drums on my project till the day and I cannot be more grateful for that . Last but not least, a shoutout to Jehlad for helping me stay positive on this journey, being a great supporter and promote of all my work!
Other: Latest Single: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/roibars/loner-wolf Spotify Music: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4qdSDxSmXHoqQ0kCa4KCTs?si=rSgVNf0sStCnqLIhpIqXUw SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/rodrigo-bars
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