Today we’d like to introduce you to Peter Arango.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born in Bogota, Colombia. I became interested in music when I was nine years old. I started teaching myself how to play guitar because I couldn’t get along with my teacher. My family then moved to Fairfax, VA when I was 11 because we were being persecuted by the guerrilla forces. I then joined the school band. I played clarinet and then moved to snare/percussion. When I was in high school, I started a metal/hardcore band called In Alcatraz 1962, and that became the catalyst for me wanting to learn how to record/mix/produce our own records. When I went to college in 2008, I started discovering electronic music and got really into mashups and mixing different genres together. Shortly after my first semester at VCU, my dad kicked me out of the house because he caught me smoking pot the summer before I went to college even though I was a straight A/B student and never got into any trouble. From there I went to live with my mom in Fort Myers, FL and that’s when I discovered this hip-hop collective called PayUp Game. That’s when I started developing artists and getting more into hip-hop. One of PayUp’s producer was Parris Pierce. Parris has been one of my main production partners ever since. Parris and I competed in i-Standard’s Music Producers competition twice, once in ATL and second time in Miami. We ended up winning the competition in Miami and had the chance to meet producer duo The Renegades. One of their managers at the time, Cazz, really liked our style and would put us in sessions with different artists. That’s when we ended up landing a song on Jesse Boykins III EP Bartholomew WAVE I with Hudson Mowhake and Abjo. A few years after, I landed a placement with a song I did with Cherele called “Vi$ions” on HBO’s show Insecure. Throughout the years we’ve had songs and demos with Anderson Paak, Kilo Kish, Father and KeithCharles from Awful Records, Mr. Vegas, Aaron Doh, Kendyle Paige, and Foushee to name a few. I currently develop OYABUN, Cherele, and Yokohamo as my main artists. I have been freelancing in the Audio/Visual world for over 4 years doing live audio for concerts (Dom Kennedy, DJ Mustard, ASAP Ferg, Bonethugs n Harmony, Bodega Bamz, The Underachievers, Wifi Funeral, Denzel Curry, XXXTentacion, Kodak Black, Pouya, MadeinTYO, Abra, David Duchovny), as well as conferences for Facebook, Instagram, Visa, Baird, Comedy Central, NBC, and many more.
Please tell us about your art.
I’m mainly a music producer, but I’ve had a focus on artist development over the last six years. I’ve never had an interest in being an artist or some superstar singer. I’ve always just been interested in human psychology and music. Since I can remember I’ve always wanted to help people in whichever way, I could. I originally wanted to go to college to study child developmental psychology so I can help equip kids with skills to be able to cope with this world better. Although music has always been a passion of mine, I think I’ve developed more of an interest in helping people become their best version of themselves they can be whether that be in music or any other part of life. Regardless of the type of art that I do, I always want to promote a message of love, hope, and perseverance. I have people tell me that I help keep them going through their struggles just by being myself and achieving my goals and that alone, no matter through which medium, is all I’ve ever wanted to do.
Being an artist or a creative in general is very hard. They are some of the most driven and courageous people on earth. They deal with day-to-day rejection, the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day, creatives have to ignore the probability that the vision they have dedicated their lives to might just be a waste of time. Musicians and creatives risk it all to touch people’s souls, to help give hope, and to help entertain others from the darkness and monotony of modern daily life. I hope that through everything I do I can help others achieve their goals and dreams. I also want to show creatives that life is not all about cranking out content and hustling every single day until you die. There has to be a balance. There should be more work/life balance in creatives lives not only to create better content but to create better lives for themselves by enjoying the now and not be so focused on the ideological future you’re looking for.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Work-life balance is key!!! Also, make sure you know your intentions when you get into the music industry. I know too many of my creative friends who get lost trying to please others and crank out content and worrying about numbers that they forget to nurture their friendships and end up losing more than gaining in the end. Also, realize that you have to trust your gut and take risks when you are a creative person because too often people search for perfection in their art without having a point of reference or a starting point. Don’t hold on to that song for years because you’re waiting for the right marketing budget or label to push it. Make a plan, release your art, and don’t hoard it forever. Your art will never be perfect but can always be improved upon. COLLABORATION IS KEY but don’t try to collaborate with everyone! It’s definitely helpful to build and collaborate with people but don’t just get involved with someone because they have clout or more Instagram followers than you. Do it because you can manage and justify the time to do it and because you love doing it!
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find what I’m up to through my instagram @lemieu_x, my website www.lemieuxtsk.com, and my spotify playlist of all my latest collabs and releases here:
You can always support my work by sharing my music or leave my playlist playing all night every night before you go to bed 😉
- Website: www.lemieuxtsk.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @lemieu_x
- Twitter: @lemieu_xlemieux , @thesilencekillers.com
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