We had the good fortune of connecting with Yago Mann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yago, how do you think about risk?
Hi! I think risk taking is essential for growth. But it can also be scary. Looking back to some of the happiest and most important moments of my life, I was definitely in front of a crossroad. And the best outcome always came after choosing the scariest option. The way I see it is: you can’t avoid messing some things up, so when the time comes, take that risk, make the decision and move on. If it was the wrong one, now you know better! Either way, you’ll grow and learn. But don’t just stand there without doing anything.
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.
Of course! I started playing guitar when I was 11 and I’ve been making music professionally for more than 15 years. Growing up I was in a few bands and I was always creating music and writing songs. After graduating from high school, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in music. I got accepted to the Los Angeles College of Music and I moved to L.A. I was also classically trained so I’ve always kept an open mind and enjoyed playing a wide variety of styles. After graduating, I started playing with a few artists around town and got some calls to do recording sessions. That’s when I realized that I loved collaborating in the studio with other people! I’ve had the chance to work in music productions with a number of artists and producers like Alan Parsons, Rafa Sardina, Rob Cohen, The Fetching, Elan, Ines Gaviria, Christopher Uckerman and Laura Pausini to mention just a few. Here is a playlist with some of my collaborations. I have also been involved in the production of music for TV and Film and I’m currently writing original music for an upcoming project. I have been fortunate enough to travel the world playing music and meeting new people along the way. Sometimes, the road is not easy but it’s definitely way more fun when you do something that you love. When it comes down to creating opportunities for yourself, I would say that being nice and friendly is probably the most important. Stay in touch with people and become friends with them! One of the things that I am most proud of is that I’ve always been able to make a living from music. 100%. I have never had a different job. Difficult times are key because you have to stay creative to stand out. So I’m grateful for those moments. Having good relationships, staying creative and practicing your craft are the best 3 things you can do to stay prolific. In my opinion. I love collaborating with other artists. When I work on a project with someone, I like exploring the strengths of the people involved but leaving enough room to explore other territories outside our comfort zone. Collaborating with talented people is highly addictive!
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?
In no particular order I would definitely take them to: Have coffee at Dark Horse Coffee after eating breakfast in Golden Hill Cafe. Kayaking at the Coronado bay and then eat lunch at Tacos El Gordo in Chula Vista. Drink beer and listen to the jam session at Border X Brewery in Barrio Logan. Walk around Little Italy and order pizza from Barbusa. Walk/run/skate/bike along the Silver Strand. Have some beer and good food at Viewpoint Brewery in Del Mar. Listen to the Jazz Jam Session at Panama 66 in Balboa Park. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines. Go Mountain Biking around the Otay Lakes. Walk, skate or run in Mission Beach. Drinks at Prohibition in Downtown. Lunch at Liberty Station.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my guitar teacher Alvaro Torres. Besides being an incredible guitar player and musician overall, he was the one who recommended me to move to Los Angeles and take that risk that would end up being one of the most important decisions I’ve ever made. I would also like to give a shoutout to my wife Raquel de Arriba. She keeps me stable and focused. She also helps me with perspective. And that is so important for creative minds and creative careers. Thanks to her love and support, I’ve been able to grow a lot as an artist and person.
Other: Bandcamp: https://yagomann.bandcamp.com/