John Hernandez

I’ve been a musician since the age of 12 when I first picked up a guitar and had a natural knack for finding the individual notes that made up familiar simple melodies.

I found friendship and community in music, but beyond that, a feeling that there was something in the music itself that beckoned me. I found that the complexities of the glimpses of feelings and colors and moments and pictures could be invoked in the sounds that I made and that I could express those things, in all of their forms, though sound.

While I was active in my teens I went through a bout of severe depression for nearly a decade where I remained inactive creatively, although music still retained it’s importance. I reflect on this time as a time of refinement of taste and of want. My definition of what it means to be a working musician developed into a more realistic and attainable version than that I had envisioned in my youth. I felt I was ready to come back into music and forced myself to home record and assemble whatever ideas I could come up with, and on October 7th, 2019 I self released my first record, Strange Musings.  I was pleased when, then, Current music writer Chris Conde reached out for an interview, and again a few months later when I self  released my second album, Inner Space.

I’ve released music since but am now recording professionally and looking to release an album through a small label. Funding from this grant would pay for recording, paying musicians, and funding physical media.


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