Today we’d like to introduce you to Antonio “Booda” Guzman.
Antonio, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I fell in love with hip-hop music when I was a child. I listened to a lot of Selena y Los Dinos, and other Tejano artists. My dad is a musician, so he had a lot of influence on me too. I also grew up listening to 2pac, BTNH, Naughty By Nature, and so on… As I grew up, music saved my life by keeping me out of trouble. It gave me a purpose. I spent a lot of time alone, writing and creating music. Now, I want to use my gift to help others; whatever they may be going through.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Music is my art; I can express myself freely through it. I mix and master a lot of my own stuff, but do have some excellent engineers and producers that I love to work with as well.
I essentially listen to beats all day and find a way to get my thoughts in. Other times I find the words first and the music later. I consider myself a storyteller of sorts, some of my stories are happy, some sad, some may even make you laugh, but they are all meant to make you think and look deeper within yourself.
My music holds truth; although not always my truth, I hope the message reaches as many people as possible and inspires them to see the beauty in their struggle, for example, the Stressed but Blessed and Open Heart albums, begin in a more somber state, but are meant to pull you up into a brighter, more positive and optimistic place by the end of it, reminding you that you are not alone. Both albums reflect on how my faith in God got me through my struggle.
The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
I’ve always believed that if you love what you do, and stay consistent at it, the money will eventually follow! Of course, it takes money to make money, but just be cautious! Luckily, nowadays, it doesn’t take much to invest in a home studio. My recommendation is to know exactly what you’re looking to do in the industry and make sure you do plenty of research before you make any purchases. Nobody wants to buy a computer with their hard earned money, just to find out it’s incompatible with an interface, or their new computer isn’t powerful enough for the software they’re trying to run. Just start slow and let the journey take you! Luckily, things have changed a lot in the last few years, and now, I’m blessed to say that I have a team of amazing people who believe in me as much as I believe in them!
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can find all the links to my social media, and music on my website, boodamusic.com, We are currently working hard at putting a store up for merchandise. T-Shirts and hats to start, and hopefully, we can expand on that in the near future.
My current EP, Open Heart, is available to purchase at the site. Take a look around the page, my videos and photos are also there to check out.
Furthermore, my music is available to stream on music platforms such as apple music, Spotify, Google Play, or where ever you listen to music
- Website: http://www.BoodaMusic.com
- Phone: For Booking, contact Justin Babel (715) 271-0925
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boodamusic/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BoodaMusic
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/BoodaMusica
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/Booda
Photos by Casey James