For the month of April, we are celebrating Chillean singer/songwriter, Rodrigo De Orueta. Across the last year, Rodrigo has been working hard with Simon and Pat in the studio on his project, Manda Temita, featuring his two new singles: Pasan Los Años and Encumbrados. The project has been a learning curve for both Pat and Simon as they experienced collaborating internationally for the first time with Rodrigo's best friend Gaston, who is co-producing and arranging instrumentals all the way in South America. We had a chat with Rodrigo to discuss his musical journey, his experience working at Artisan and collaborating...

How did you first get into music?

I first got into music when I was a kid. I  have memories of being a child and listening to the music that my mother was always listening to, which was music from the 40`s, 50`s,60`s. Later on I started listening to Latin Rock when it started as a social and political movement back in the 80s.

What are your musical influences?

I am in a stage of my life where everything influences my music. The bad news, the good news, the people in the street, my friends, my family, my colleagues at work, the work itself sometime and of course sometimes the music of my favourite composers.

Describe your creative process.

I wouldn’t say I have a creative process as such. Usually what happens is, I start playing my instrument and then I start trying different notes and combinations. I am always in search of beautiful harmonies or a combination that can sound good and move me. There is no organisation when I compose. Sometimes the lyrics will come to me first, usually when I have something to say, or sometimes the melody comes first. It all depends on how I’m feeling.

What was the process of working internationally?

Working internationally has been a really good discovery for me. Have the ability to develop an idea with people who do not share your background is extremely enriching, as we all learnt a great deal from the experience. It also come with it’s challenges… My collaborators are based in South America, which makes the process feel very back and forth. Issues with time difference and language can delay the artistic process, however I wouldn’t have it any other way. I believe experiencing challenges is what makes it all more worth it.

How did you find Artisan Music?

At the time, I was composing my own songs and wanted to take them into the studio to be recorded. I started looking on the internet for recording studios in Perth and Artisan Music was the first pop up. Before deciding on Artisan, I spoke with other studios but none jumped out at me, as much as, the welcoming voice that I encountered on the other side of the line from Simon. His friendly personality gave me the confidence to try out the studio and trust them to bring my music to life. When I met Simon for our session with my son Diego, he was fantastic (!!), and since then we have maintained a relationship with the studio.

How was your time working in the studio?

My time working in the studio was excellent and I enjoyed every minute!! Patrick and Simon guided me in my singing in order to obtain the best results for the songs, which in my opinion, was totally achieved. We ended up forming a team that worked very well together and more importantly, they listen to my needs and ideas and were always supportive of them.

To keep in the loop with Rodrigo’s project, Manda Temita, click HERE and follow!