As the Boite World Music gathers us once again in celebration the world, diversity and the bridging of divide and community through song, this world music open mic session is to be lead by a Latin musician Daniel Jauregui.
Through his artistic process, Daniel combines elements of Latin and Fusion music, uniting them through some of the most cutting edge, contemporary techniques; and, thus, actively engaging in the concept of multiplicity within the ‘roots’genre. With The Melbourne Critique, he spoke about his background, process, passions, and those ever evolving ambitions, which manifest in his sound, time and time again.
Tell us about yourself, your musical and personal history and what you currently find yourself working toward?
I’m originally from Venezuela, a country with noisy streets, food, and colours everywhere; where, ruling over the organised chaos, was a deeply rooted sense of community. I started my relationship with music like any other Venezuelan kid: in every household there’s a cuatro (traditional instrument similar to a ukulele) and my house was no exception. My family was a very musically inclined, and I have been playing music since I can remember.
At the age of 14 I was selected to be a part of a music show in the biggest TV station in Venezuela “Venevision” and, from there, I stared working with artists as a sessional musician in the studio. I had the opportunity to tour all around Latin America and US for 5 years with different acts. In 2012 I decided to move to Australia and since then I’ve opened my studio and worked as a session musician and as a producer, here in Melbourne.
What are some of the most memorable moments in your musical history and how have they informed your current work?
It’s hard to choose, but I would say one of the most memorable was winning my first Latin Grammy in 2010 for my participation on the album Mi Niña Bonita from Chino Y Nacho. Another special moment was to play in the Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco. That tour was very memorable since it was my first US tour and a dream come true. All those experiences help me with keeping a perspective of the kind of music and artistic footprint I want to have here in Melbourne.
What are you future aspirations on the creative fronts, what should we look out for from you?
As a musician I want to share Venezuelan music as it is a treasure and a hidden gem of Latin American music. As an artist I want to explore and push the boundaries of technology and merge tradition with AR and VR. I’m currently working on a few projects with the Frankston Arts Center and Melbourne University, where I’m pushing and making the two worlds collide.
What do you wish to keep shaking up, challenging and helping grow, change and improve on the local and national music scene? Maybe even on the international music scene?
As an industry, the more we recognize the value in culture the more we can promote it and nurture it. I believe it is going to improve not just the music scene, but society as a whole, especially living in a multicultural metropolis such as Melbourne.
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