Just when you think LA couldn’t get any more hip, someone comes along and blows all expectations…Ernando Recendez has been the local buzz word. He has been making waves with his incredible talent. He went from relative anonymity to now the talk of the town, performing between 3-4 shows a week in the locale! And, it doesn’t stop there, this star is just getting started!
How would you describe your music style?
I’d usually say I’m a simple pop R&B guy but I’m an old soul in a 22-year old’s body. I love 60s, 70s, 80s, funk and R&B. I look up to all the greats of those times, they didn’t have backing tracks so my style is kinda like them in that I try to do it myself (with the help from my band of course). Even in my original music, I record all of it out of my bedroom, we do it ourselves. I love the band sound, live music, you can’t get any better than that. You’ll always see me with a guitar in my hands or behind a piano. They were the truest definition of entertainers so I strive to get a glimpse of their greatness.
What is the dream venue you would like to perform at?
I’ll tell myself “Well done Nando” when I sell out and perform a show at the Dodger’s Stadium. Maybe it’s me being an LA kid, but I’ve always wanted to play here, strictly for the reason that everyone from my community can come out and see me and say, “hey that kid from Pico made it.” Trust me they won’t miss a Dodger game if Ernando & the Nandos are playing there, they won’t miss it.
If you could perform with one artist, who would it be?
I’d love to work with Rex Orange County. Both in performance and in songwriting. I’ve been a fan of his since high school; he played a big part in inspiring me and allowing me to feel more comfortable playing my original music. I feel like we would get along. We’re about the same age, we have a similar style of songwriting, and most importantly we love music. Rex if you’re reading this, Ernando & the Nandos would love to open for you. 🙂
What do you think is the main challenge in music today?
I think the biggest challenge in music today is authenticity. I say this because I’ve been challenged with it as well. I think musicians/artists struggle with finding their sound, style, voice because we’re way too focused trying not to sound like other artists. When in reality, we SHOULD try to sound like these people we look up to! Obviously, not to copy but to take the good parts from these artists and apply it to our craft, to ourselves, in our originality. That’s why I still play covers at my shows because I love these greats and so does everyone else. There’s no problem being in a cover band! You’re playing your favorite music, developing your ear, getting air time and stage time. What musician doesn’t want this? This will make us our most authentic selves in music.
What do you hope to accomplish this year?
I have so many goals set for myself; I really don’t like to set timelines for any of them. I just go for them when I can. But, yea… I’d love for one of my songs to hit the main airwaves, whether it’s radio, Spotify, SoundCloud, Tik Tok, whatever! I’m just gonna keep playing shows because that’s what I love to do. I have the best job in the world, and I’m enjoying every bit of the journey I’m in.
What would you like to be remembered for?
I try to display kindness, dedication, hard work, and humility on and off the stage. That’s how I’d like to be remembered, and I hope that everyone who knows me keeps these attributes and applies them to their lives as well.
How can our readers connect with you?
You can follow me @ernandorecendez on all social media platforms or come out to a show if you’re in the Southern California area. I’m also on YouTube, and my music is available on all streaming platforms: Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud and more.