Could you introduce yourself?
I am Sergio, a 22-year-old Peruvian artist.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
I don’t really know. I am just trying to learn and experience as much as I can.
What was it like working with Seraphina Theresa? Could you tell us about the experience?
This was my first time working with someone else in every single aspect of a project (concept, music and visuals) and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Seraphina is very talented, modest and inspiring. We discussed our thoughts and feelings, and then turned them into poetry, music, photography and videos. Despite the distance and some daily life issues, we managed to bring the whole project together and release it on time.
Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the music industry?
I like to think that it’s the rawness of my work and, if we get technical, the structure of my pieces. I usually compose as if I was narrating a story.
How would you describe your music style? Do you feel like it reflects you?
I would describe it as the purest representation of my soul. I don’t know who I am but whatever that is, my music knows how to explain it.
What are a few tips for other artists that might be reading this?
Never listen to a 22-year-old guy trying to tell you how to be an artist.
How does minimalism play a part in your work, what's drawn you to this aesthetic?
Minimalism was very important for this project since we wanted to focus on the simple things in life that give us happiness. So, what a better way to portray them than with simple melodies and progressions?
Could you tell us about your recent release? What's the story behind the work?
The Morning is a River is a combination of many hours talking and reflecting on life with Seraphina, some piano improvisations, four music videos, a poem and a few photographs. It celebrates the simple things in life that make us feel alive, and it is an invitation to practice them more often. We even tried to apply these ideas while working on this project. For example, she composed music for the first time while I directed and edited our videos. We had no idea how to do certain things but we did them anyway and it was awesome.
If you had to choose any music album that captures the emotion of your work, what would it be and why?
There is more than one but I will go with Carry & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens because of its rawness.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
Once a project is planned, I just need to be alone and in silence to start composing, but that’s about it.
What’s a typical day for you?
I usually spend my time composing, watching films, reading, playing piano or directing my organization Piano & Coffee.
Coffee or tea?
What are some of your goals for 2017?
To keep working on my second album.
What makes you happy?
Spring, naps, chocolate and many, many other things.
Any closing comments?
Photography Credit | Paula Virreira