Andy Mineo will be coming to Albuquerque’s Sunshine Theater on April 20th, 2016. In honor of his arrival, we have put together an interview with him, to give you an inside look at some of his inspirations, his most memorable moments, and so much more!
How would you define yourself, who is Andy Mineo?
What is your most memorable moment from when you were first getting started?
AM: I was at my best friend, Ryan’s house, and we tried to record ourselves. After we recorded, we couldn’t figure out how to combine the instrumental with the vocal. Later, I came home and Ryan called saying he had figured out how to mix my vocals with the beat! He played it for me over the phone and I lost my mind. I got the craziest feeling in the world after hearing myself. I was a real rapper.
Where do you find your musical/lyrical inspirations? AM: Everywhere really. The full time job of an artist is to find inspiration. The thing about inspiration is it’s like the wind – you don’t know where it’s coming from and you have to have your antennas up and grab what’s in the air to pull it down into your pen.
What is your most memorable performance in your career so far?
AM: Sold out NYC Irving Plaza show. It was my first headlining tour and first coming home show. It was a sold out show at this amazing venue. I remember looking out into the crowd and seeing my friends and family.
Where would you most like to perform in the future?
AM: Madison Square Garden— it’s legendary.
What accomplishments do you see as the most impactful in your life so far?
AM: Getting married.
Do you have goals beyond those accomplishments that you are working to achieve?
AM: Success is being faithful to what you set out to do. That’s what I’ve been able to do. I get to do exactly what I want to do, which is create what I want to create. It’s great knowing that I’m fully supported full time while doing that. I think that is success. Everything here on out is extending my vision for what I want to do in the arts. I’m very satisfied with what I’ve done and ambitious to inspire more people.
How have your goals and perspective on your goals changed over the last year?
AM: I have learned more who I am and what mark I want to leave on the world through my creativity. It is humbling. When people think of goals, they think of Beyonce –a world star or Michael Jackson shutting down the mall. I don’t have the desire to be that. I just have a desire to continue to create things I think are beautiful and amazing. I want to enrich and inspire people’s lives and I do that using style and substance. I want to continue that for as long as I can.
Do you have any inspirational figures in your life that have influenced your music?
AM: It’s funny. Lecrae and I were just talking about this recently. There are certain people and certain artists that model their careers after other inspirations but I feel inspired by so many different genres. So much so, that it’s hard for me to pinpoint a specific figure. I will say that one of the things I appreciate most in music is early Kanye’s fearlessness in his creativity and his willingness to cross a genre and pull influence from obscure places –unique and interesting places that advance culture in hip hop.
What advice do you have for those who share your passion in music?
AM: Make dope stuff and build a team around you that can help see your vision.
What are some of your favorite bands or singers to listen to?
AM: That changes from week to week but right now it would Jack Garrett.
What changes in your musical style have you noticed throughout the years?
AM: I have evolved as a person and my taste buds for all kinds of things have evolved and refined. I know what I like more now than I did when I was younger and that has influenced my sound selection. I guess I’m more of a snob because I’m always looking for what’s interesting and not for what works.
What challenges do you currently face in your music?
AM: My creativity. It is my strength and weakness cause I can get so creative and out the box and have so many different things that sometimes I lose consistency and cohesiveness. I am finding a better way to focus consistency and energy.
What can we expect to see in the future from your music?
AM: Up to this point, a lot of my music has been experimenting and trying different things. Next album will be more of a focused energy on a particular sound I want to explore and enhance. I have created all kinds of different songs and textures. Now, it’s finding the best of what I do uniquely and enhancing that to be the best it can be.
LISTEN TO ANDY on his Soundcloud