Jon Quintana

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Culture Head Demo Tapes



Laying in bed all day with my girlfriend

How would you describe your music? I don’t know how to describe my music when I’m in the moment of creating the music. I’m not really thinking about what I’m doing. It’s hard for me to look back and reflect on the sound, or what it looks like or sounds like to me. I can tell you my influences mainly come from rock music, specifically psychedelic music and grunge. Those have been the biggest influences on me, and I think it’s definitely affected my sound. When did you realize music is what you wanted to do? Was it gradual, and if so, from what point would you say you began to take an interest? I knew I was gonna be a musician when I was 12 years old. I had been playing with my dad’s acoustic for about a year. When I turned 13, he got me my first guitar. I remember when I got that guitar, that’s when I knew I wanted to do this for a long time. A little later, we got a new youth pastor, and he had his own band. I think he thought he could inspire me by letting me play in his band, so I did. And it went from there. What is more important as a guitarist: technical skill or imagination? Oh, definitely imagination. If I have to put them on a scale next each other…y’know. But really, they’re both important tools. They go hand in hand. You pick up a guitar and in the beginning it’s nothing but imagination. But then if you want to take the guitar to it’s highest level, you have to learn the technical skills. But then, to take those technical skills to their highest level, you have to have imagination. They need each other. But without imagination, guitar skill would just be technical, and that gets boring. Nobody wants that. What do you find to be most frustrating about the music scene in Atlanta? I don’t have as much experience as I’d like with the music scene in Atlanta (as you know, soon I plan on starting a band called Culturehead and I hope to get more involved), but If I have to say something about what’s frustrating, it’s that more people need to hear these bands in the Atlanta area cause they’re good, they’re local. A lot of the times these bands have 20 people who go to their shows and they deserve better. And it’s gonna get better. But I don’t really focus on my frustrations. I just let things be. What do you find most rewarding about the music scene in Atlanta? Just being able to meet new people, but you’re not just meeting new people, it’s like…I don’t know how to describe it. It’s rewarding for me, when I see that there’s so many people like me in the world. Looking for something new, something fresh. Not just music, but people are looking for a new experience. And we come together and we make it happen. And that’s the most rewarding thing; people looking for something can come find it together. If you could learn any other instruments, which one(s) would you choose and why? I used to play piano when I was really young and I really enjoyed that. I think I was like 7 or something. I didn’t continue to play because after I left my school I went to live in Florida and I never really got back into it. If I could learn the piano that’d definitely be something. Even the way someone looks when they’re playing the piano, it’s almost like dancing and I like that. And drums would be another one. Drums just because I can really let go of my frustrations and beat the hell out of them. For anyone just getting into making music, what advice do you think you could give on where to start? Put down your phone. Stop using your phone all the time. I’m guessing whoever reads this will be old enough for that to be relevant, but just young enough to be learning who they are and what they want. If you’re an artist; if you desire to make art, make music, paint, whatever it is: Just do it. Just do it. And have fun with it. Fall in love with it. And don’t worry about it being a job. I would just say, if you’re young, play as much as you can, because when you play it you’re happy. It doesn’t matter what’s going on around you, just make sure you can play.