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Turning tables with Rogelio
March 5, 2019
Turntables, speakers, and amp cords are placed within arms reach. Placing his hands on the disks, senior Rogelio Gutierrez positions his headphones around his neck, sliding his fingers over the volume knob. As the lights begin to fade, the crowd cheers in anticipation. Sweat dripping from his forehead, he takes a large breath.
Growing up, Gutierrez had a passion for music and wanted to use it as a positive influence on other musicians. Young artists often find role models that they look up to in the industry and Gutierrez is no different.
“Flume and Muramasa are some of my biggest inspirations,” Gutierrez said.
When it comes to his music, Gutierrez’s primary message is for people his age to be able to relate to his lyrics. He tackles themes such as heartbreak and loneliness that any young person can relate to.
“I want to spread my music to people because music is something you can cherish forever and it has an everlasting legacy,” Gutierrez explained.
It may seem challenging balancing both high school and music, but Gutierrez wouldn’t want anything different. In his free time, Gutierrez says he is always planning for the future.
“I always try to work on music in my free time and any time outside of school is mostly spent creating music,” Gutierrez said.
This past year, Gutierrez has seen some big performances while collaborating with nationwide talent. Gutierrez performed at El Paso’s local music festival “Neon Desert” and also took the stage alongside Roman Rouge at the “Lowbrow Palace” this past March.
“I collaborated with one local artist, Roman Rouge, but most of my collaborations are with people out of state such as Los Angeles, Phoenix, Ohio, and Chicago. I had a gig at Neon Desert and had my first headlining show this past March,” Gutierrez said.
After he graduates, Gutierrez will continue his music along with college.
“Although music is still going to be my first priority, I still plan to go to college. It’s rather important to me to learn how to manage money and my brand if I ever go big in the industry,” Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez’s extended play titled “Life of the Party” will be released later this spring. Gutierrez can be found on Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify, Apple Music, and Twitter at @cxstlecvstle.