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LAMC 2020: Eduardo Cabra, Andres Torres & More Latin Hitmakers Share 5 Tips for Aspiring Musicians

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Eduardo Cabra poses with Vanguard Award during the ASCAP 2018 Latin Awards at Marriott Marquis Hotel on March 6, 2018 in New York City.  

The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) has gone entirely digital for its 21st annual event, celebrating Latin alternative music with educational panels and showcases featuring the industry’s hottest artists, executives, managers, and beyond.

On its second day, LAMC, along with Symphonic Distribution, presented a one-hour panel called “Finding Your Sound,” to inspire and educate aspiring studio producers, audio engineers, and mixers.

During the chat, led by Symphonic Distribution’s Jorge Brea, Latin music hitmakers Eduardo “Visitante” Cabra, Sebastian Krys, Maria Elisa Ayerbe, Mauricio Rengifo, and Andres Torres all shared their experiences in the music industry, talked about the evolution of creating music, especially during the coronavirus quarantine, and even revealed the craziest object they’ve used to “find their sound.”

Cigarette boxes, a chair, tape, fence, burps, and farts, were amongst the unique beat starters, insinuating that you don’t have to go too far to have musical inspiration.

The group of savvy record producers, composers, and audio engineers also shared their best tips for aspiring musicians. Read them below.

On opportunities for women in the sound engineering industry or other territories: “It's a bit tricky. The opportunities are there but we as women have to be prepared and reach that level of professionalism. Internal relationships can be discouraging, not many women feel motivated to dream big and say that they are going to be the producer or engineer for a big artist. I honestly don’t see it as a lack of opportunities but rather a chain of events that prevent it. Also, follow your heart, your instinct, and your passion.” --- Maria Elisa Ayerbe

On how to find your sound when making music: “One must start copying, not plagiarizing, but copying a musical style you like. If you begin copying other songs, then you’ll realize it was a mistake. You’ll continue experimenting until you find your sound. Mentors are also very important.” --- Andres Torres

On making music during social distancing: “Communication is the most important thing during production, there are conversations and debates in person. It becomes even more complicated when it’s done behind a screen. It’s a tough experience but it’s something that we need to get used to. Working on the cloud, doing video chats. I think it’s important to have clear communication and depend fully on technology.” --- Eduardo “Visitante” Cabra

On using your resources during quarantine: “We’re all at home and have the most basic tools. Now, there’s more commitment to make music at any cost, with a laptop, with a microphone, and that encourages aspiring musicians to feel powerful with the resources they have. Fear is the greatest enemy. Lose your fear and shyness… just make music and get it out there!” --- Mauricio Rengifo

On becoming a music executive: “You have to surround yourself with people who can replace you, people who are better. There’s a lot of really great talent, it is important to give that talent a chance. Understand that you are good and what you lack. Surround yourself with people who fill those spaces. Also, define what success is because it has a different meaning for everyone.” --- Sebastian Krys