My Music. My Story. is one of Classical Music Indy’s initiatives to feature music, musicians, and music lovers in a fun way. Eduardo Luna an artist, DJ, and community advocate. He is currently working as a Big Car Collaborative staff artist and is a co-founder of Nopal Cultural, a local latino arts organization. Read below for Eduardo’s take on the importance of music, what music means to him, and how music affects community.
Eduardo Luna: My Music. My Story.
What is your favorite type of music and why?
Wow! This is a hard question to answer; I have a very broad taste in music. Depending on my mood, I pick the type of music that I like, I could be listening Classical Music one day and the next day Doom metal and anything between. Currently my favorite type of music is Indie Spanish Pop. It blends the feel English Indie rock with my native language. The following are some bands that I am currently listening to, Pommez Internacional, Adanowsky, Teleradio Donoso, Álex Anwandter, Javiera Mena, Marineros to name a few. I’ve also been listening to a lot of old Boleros recently from Julio Jaramillo, Daniel Santos.
What does music mean to you?
To me music is an important power in my personal creative life. It affects my mood, it can give me energy to do things, and also can make me feel melancholic. Overall, it is an aspect I really enjoy and [helps me] appreciate music makers in life. I would not be the same person without it. I have always had it in my life. My mom would put the radio on to make me sleep when I was a baby. That is what she tells me, that was her trick to put me to sleep.
How has music influenced your work with a non-profit organization?
Currently I work at Big Car Collaborative. Thanks to music, I got involved with this not-for-profit organization. DJ-ing had helped me to become someone able to interact with visual artists, musicians and creative people. We can relate through the music that we like. Sometimes I volunteer with non- profits and I DJ some of their events. These events connect me more to the organizations and the people in them.
How do you think music benefits a community?
Music is a universal language. It connects people from all walks. Sometimes through the appreciation of music, communities are brought together. It inspires to develop a human bond through sound. Music is the first thing that you hear as a child and it is the last thing you hear. We all experience this. It can also create the opposite effect. Overall, music unites, rather than divides.
If you could master any instrument what would it be?
I would master the guitar, so that I could show Chris Dance that I mastered it before himJ, Chris is a good friend of mine and leader of a local band named The Holy Echo. On a serious note, keyboard would be awesome. Using keyboards today, you can access hundreds of virtual instruments and create awesome compositions using music software. I could tour as a one man band! That would be super cool!
If you could fuse together any two genres of music, which ones would you fuse?
I would fuse old Boleros songs with modern pop music. I really enjoy when producers mix old Latin-American music with contemporary music to bring new audiences to the music, one of those producers is Toy Selectah.
Any other stories or thoughts on music and community?
Thanks to music I have met a lot of my current friends. It opened a lot of work opportunities for me. It helped me to connect to the community through volunteerism, by developing community festivals, art events and family friendly events. I hope this helps to create a better community in Indianapolis. My ultimate goal is to help people and create community.