Today we’d like to introduce you to Mario De Los Santos.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Musically and creatively I’ve been thru alot. In another life I was a poet/rapper, then a hip hop producer, then a keyboard player in an indie rock band, then an electronic music producer and finally a DJ. I’ve been a part of an online collective of producers called “PlayitLouder” and Miami-based collective of producers called “XYZA,” and I’m a co-founder/DJ of “The Love Below” party that has ran weekly in Miami for almost four years now. My path thru music has been a winding one, but I feel I’ve started to find my pocket in these last few years as Telescope Thieves.
Please tell us about your art.
I produce electronic music and DJ under the moniker ‘Telescope Thieves.’ I enjoy making people feel something, connecting with them. I’ve found that thru my original music or thru DJing I can achieve and satisfy that need to connect with people and express myself. Sometimes it comes at the cost of a lot of self-doubts since you want to relate to people but also be true to yourself. I want people to meet me halfway while I’m Djing or while listening to my music and find the middle ground between myself and them but I want the connection to happen on a primal level. If I’m DJing, I want people to move because they can’t help themselves. If they’re listening to my music, I want them to feel something because they can’t help themselves. That’s the goal at least, and I’m not sure if can or have fully achieved that haha.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Step. 1 If you Create your own lane like-minded individuals will gravitate towards you and once they do you can build a community.
Step. 2 If there’s a community you want to be part of you have to be genuine. Show up in person to events and show real support and in time you’ll work your way in naturally. (If that’s not working see Step.1)
Anywhere you perform, always be nice and respectful to the staff. Be on time to things, even in a creative realm it’s important and goes a long way and can save your ass if there are technical issues.
Kill your ego. It’s not that serious, have fun and be kind!
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My music is on Soundcloud, Spotify and Apple music etc and I’m Djing almost every Tuesday at The Love Below party and all around Miami for other events the rest of the week. To keep up with where DJing at that night and new music releases, Instagram is the way to go. Telescope Thieves is a long name, it’s a mouthful but the benefit is I’m easy to find online.
- IG: @Thelovebelowparty; @Telescope_Thieves
- Website: https://soundcloud.com/telescope_thieves
- Other: https://soundcloud.com/thelovebelowparty