NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “YOUNG QUEEN FULL OF WISDOM – DP THE UNKNOWN INTERVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing with you all an interview I did with the amazing rapper and singer Dana aka DP the Unknown. I had the pleasure of sitting down with DP and getting to talk to her about how she got into music and her journey. Also we discuss her EP “Gone Fishing”, which is a great body of work! One of my favorite EP’s of 2019. You can check my EP review I did on that project at the following link: https://7octoberz.com/2019/07/05/nightmare-on-sedgwick-avenue-we-are-all-in-the-same-boat-dp-the-unknown-gone-fishing-ep-review/ . Dana is a genuine person full of positivity and truly talented! She is also filled with lyrical wisdom. Thank you Dana for inviting me to your listening party a few months back to get to listen to your project in its entirety near the beach which matches the theme of your EP. I had a great time conversing with you and getting to know you a bit more. Please read below to get to know DP the Unknown.

1. Please introduce yourself to those who might now know who you are.

I go by DP the Unknown, they are my initials for Dana Patrice. I’m from San Diego (laughs)

2. Please share with us your journey and how you started rapping. How long have you been making music? How long have you been performing live?

I’ve been writing poems and digital art stuff like forever. When I was 16 my brother brought me to this studio where we could record for free. But I had originally went there to work on digital art. He asked me why don’t you do something for fun on this beat.  Little did he know I’ve been writing poems like forever, but I just never shared it cuz I didn’t think it was important or anything.

So basically my brother got me started at like 16 years old. Last year I started taking it more serious. My first performance was at 16 and then years of nothing since I wasn’t taking it serious. Me and my brothers would do shows since we had a group, but also do our separate things.

3. How do you hone your craft and performance? I saw you perform at Hope 4 the Homeless and you killed it!

I listen to all types of music so I try to merge that into my sound too. I liked to be versatile and not just give one type of style. Just make music everyday, sing or hum whenever I can.

4. You just dropped an EP called Gone Fishing which is dope! Why title it that? What does the album mean to you? I interpreted it as we are all in the same boat called life and it is up to us to make the best of this life!

So many reasons why I gave it that title. I feel like that saying alone can be interpreted in so many ways and that is what an artists supposed to do. Me originally the idea was me going on this fishing trip by myself and really owning in on my thoughts and like my feelings. Letting it all out and reeling in people in with hooks and stuff. It can mean a lot, so that is how I got that idea. When I would get off of social media, I put in my bio “Gone Fishing” cuz I would need a break from this or I need to go think. Social media is a lot sometimes so I had to get away. I was like okay let’s make this a project and make a full concept.

5. How did you get into the San Diego Hip Hop scene?

I’d say since last year I started taking it more seriously and staying consistent. My brother would have people who would do events and we would perform, but that was before I took it serious. Then last year Verde brought me to her shows and that really got me started.

6. What or who inspires your lyrics?

I don’t know, I be in my head a lot so I think a lot. So I feel like I just need to write it down so I can get it out. I’m like a philosopher always pondering.

7. Some of your lyrics have a bit of spiritual wisdom and self belief which is dope! You touch on manifesting and positive thinking? How did you get into that mind set and incorporate it in your music?

Well these past years I’ve felt lost. I was doin a lot of bullshit, but now that I am transitioning and about to move, taking on new journeys. If I can do it, you can do it! As long as you remain consistent type of thing. I just want to spread positivity and also be real!

8. What do you think of artists like Russ who promote self belief, music ownership and manifesting your dreams? Sometimes he is seen as arrogant because he is proud of his accomplishments, but he is sharing knowledge that other rappers fail to do. What are your thoughts on that?

I think it is a good thing, but like as long as they’re not being fake about it. Practice what you preach! Also the consumer has to know,  you are making an artist your idol, they are not always gonna meet your standards if they do something wrong. Everyone has negatives and positives.

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9. Do you have other music genres that influence your lyrics?

I love R&B, R&B is probably my first love! I was making R&B a lot and so this was so different for me, to make some hip hop and different topics. I was always talking about love, sex and all that (laughs). So this was a huge change and I kept telling people. I was kinda scared to release it cuz they are expecting a different side of me and it’s a different vibe.

10. When and why did you fall in love with hip hop and the culture?

I grew up a Hip Hop kid. We do have a choice, but me personally living in City Heights I grew up around it. Hip Hop and R&B it is really all I know. One album that really inspired me was Pharrell’s In My Mind, it was crazy, he inspired me so much. I am really trying to work with him!

11. What is your favorite rap album of all time? Why?
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill . She touched on the Hip Hop, R&B and Soul. She gave us all of it in one! It really helped me through tough times. In High School I listened to the whole album.

12. Who are your favorite emcees dead or alive? Who inspires you?

Mick Jenkins really inspired me! When I started to take myself serious that was one of the people I was listening to The Waters album and Noname

13. What about favorite R&B singers right now?

So many right now, Summer Walker, H.E.R. and SZA. Those are my top 3.

14. What has been your greatest accomplishment so far as a creative?

Manifesting a bigger audience, like touching people a little more with songs that have depth to it, instead of just love songs. You know some love songs have depth to them, but other topics cuz you know that is not what the world is.

15. What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind either creatively or on a personal level?

I just want to be the example that you can do whatever you wanna do in your life whether it is music or sports. If you wanna be a doctor or lawyer, do whatever you wanna do that makes you happy, cuz you’re not here forever! It would be a sad way to go out. If you die doing what you love then everyone is going to remember you as that person.

16. What is your favorite scary movie and why?

One that tripped me out since I saw it when I was young was “Orphan”. Also I like “Child’s Play” and “Jeepers Creepers”.

17. Do you believe in the supernatural or ghosts? Any experiences or know of anyone who has?

I try not to or I would drive myself crazy (laughs). I feel a higher power tho.

18. What advice or words of encouragement would you give to someone who might be scared to follow their dream whether it be music or something else?

Utilize your resources, there’s like little blessings around you that you probably aren’t taking advantage of. Whether there are open mics that are for free, it is an opportunity to grow. Yeah, take advantage of your resources and don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Once you get started keep the momentum!

19. Who are some of your favorite artists from San Diego? Whether singers, musicians or rappers?

So many, but I got say my brother of course he is super talented J.A the unknown. Sir Karri, Keon Forbes, Curtis Cartier, Verde! Too many!

20. You’re EP didn’t have any features which is dope because if shows you can hold your own! On future projects is there any SD artists you want to collaborate with?

Yeah, I really wanna collaborate with John Givez, he is kinda bigger he is in Oceanside. Cali the Dreamer, do some more tracks with Verde, Sir Karri and Fresh Heir.

21. Which song off your new EP do you like the most and why? What would you like your supporters and listeners to take away from this project?

They are all my favorite, but the one that I made spontaneously was the last song “Gone Fishing Forever”. I love that at 3am I made the beat and that night I couldn’t sleep until I got this off my mind. I was like this is really good! I’m not usually too confident in myself , but I was like I know this is really good and I really love the words that I put into this cuz its the perfect way to end it. It was the last song and I was struggling. I had like 3 outros and I made that and I was like the rest of them are trash this is it!

Whatever you want to take from it and however you interpret it! As long as it is positive really, cuz there is different messages in each song.  But just stay true, work towards your dreams and don’t stop!!!

22. Any shout outs to any people or platforms that you are involved with or have supported you and your music.

I wanna shout out my mom because she is super supportive in everything I do! If she can come to a show she will come to it, if it’s not a crazy bar (laughs). She’s there, she supports the music, she doesn’t try to tell me no music isn’t for you. She tells me if I want it, go get it! It’s been like this forever. She has been doing her thing as a single mom! My immediate family, my sister, nieces, my brother in law and my brother. They have been the most supportive people ever. It is great to have them and a foundation so when you do go out in the world you have real people.

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Thank you Dana for your time and being down to do this interview! I truly appreciate you!!! Keep making relatable and inspirational music! Of course also keep representing for the ladies! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Go give DP the Unknown a follow @dptheunknown to keep up on her latest projects! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz Instagram and Facebook! Also follow me on Spotify, Itunes, Anchor.fm/7octoberz, Google Play Music to listen to the rest of my audio interviews under: “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue“.

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NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “SPOOKY ILLUSTRATIONS BROUGHT TO LIFE!!! – SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK MOVIE REVIEW” (MINOR SPOILERS)

BY: GABY MORENO

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Movie: Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark
Release date: Aug 9, 2019
Main Cast:  Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur

Brief synopsis:
“The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large in the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It’s in a mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon have a way of becoming all too real for a group of unsuspecting teens who stumble upon Sarah’s spooky home.

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing the teen horror film, “Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark” based on Alvin Schwartz book series. The books are just short urban legends or stories that form an anthology series. The film changes it up and connects all the different stories into one. We are introduced to the main character Stella who has two best friends Auggie and Chuck. They are horror nerds and bullied by the town jock Tommy. On Halloween night the three amigos get Tommy back and they are chased into a Drive-In theater. While trying to hide from Tommy the three amigos hop into the new stranger in town’s car. He is a young teen named Ramon and you can tell he is running away or has a mysterious vibe to him. All four teens end up going to the Bellows Mansion where Stella finds Sarah Bellows scary stories book and that is when the horror begins. I won’t go into detail you’ll have to watch the movie!

I enjoyed the movie, as I was walking out the theater I could hear a conversation between two young girls who didn’t like the film and made the remark, “I should have just read the books instead”. I grew up reading those books so seeing this film on the big screen was a big deal for me and nostalgic. My grandma used to take my sisters and I to the Public Library in the Summer and that is how I stumbled on the series that fed my imagination and my love for the horror genre. Also keep in mind these books are geared toward a young teen audience and this film was PG-13. Meaning viewers who were expecting to see gore, it’s not going to happen! As a horror fan I love gore, but I also like psychological horror and a great horror story. In this case the title says it all, the main focus is building a great story and making the audience connect with the main characters.

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I believe people have high expectations when it comes to horror movies and this is one of those genres that people tend to judge by the fear scale, but as a horror fan we know horror movies are more than jump scares. The audience doesn’t really care about the character development or the story. That is why it is rare to see a high rating on horror movies. Some of my favorite horror cult classics have an average score of 7. Sorry I went off topic, but I feel it is relevant to this film.

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I was really entertained by the movie and yes there were predictable moments and jump scares, but I enjoyed the special effects and make up effects. They definitely did justice to Stephen Gamell’s creepy illustrations. The Director André Øvredal executed the angles perfectly and I loved the ending shot where you see the autumn trees and highway. Definitely gave me Halloween and Fall vibes! Also I loved how Guillermo Del Toro (writing credit/Producer) snuck in social commentary. I can tell it Del Toro I’ve seen his films and recognize his influence lol. He basically shows how history tends to repeat itself. The film takes place in 1968 at the time where young men were being drafted to the Vietnam war and Nixon was about to be elected President. Watching that gave me the chills, because it reminded me of the scary times we are current living with 45 as President and the racial tension. Fear of gun violence is our current reality and our true scary story at this moment. 

I am glad one of the main characters was a latino character. Ramon’s character is my favorite character of the film. But I did wish they had gone more into depth about his character. I can definitely see Guillermo Del Toro’s influence in this film. Overall I enjoyed the movie, it was left open for a sequel. Hopefully we will get to see more scary stories on the big screen in the near future! To end this review I wanted to give a quick shout out and congratulations to Guillermo Del Toro for finally receiving his Walk of Fame star!!! Viva Mexico!

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Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “A CREATIVE WITH DIRECTION! – FADE GREEN INTERVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing with you all an interview I did with the talented artist Fade Green! I met Fade Green at a show held at The Salty Frog in Imperial Beach that was thrown by Superior Productionz. That was a very dope and memorable show! I had heard of Fade Green’s music earlier this year when I reviewed Superiors album “1989“. Fade was featured on a track called “Throne” and he stood out to me. I kept seeing him on IG stories where he was performing and also looked up his music. I saw his video for “Marionette” and I was sold! I introduced myself to Fade that night at The Salty Frog and he was super humble! I got to see him perform live for the first time that night and was blown away by his performance. He is a very energetic and charismatic performer! He is also very friendly and dope! I love his music and I actually reviewed his EP “The Fade’d EP 001” that dropped last year.

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Not only is Fade Green an artist, he is also a young entrepreneur who has a company called “Pure Art Ent” that throws local events to allow local artists to showcase their talents. Every other Tuesday at the Go Lounge him and Fino have the PA Room Open Mic! I really love what him and Fino are doing for the community. I won’t take much more of your time. PLEASE LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW BELOW OR CLICK LINK BELOW TO NOW LISTEN ON SPOTIFY!!! 🙂

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Thank you Fade Green for sitting down with me for this interview I really enjoyed the conversation we had! I appreciate you! I love the vision you have for the community and what you are contributing to the music scene!!! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed listening to this interview. Go give Fade Green a follow @fadegreensd to keep up on his latest music and performances! Also follow @pureartent to keep up on the Pure Art Entertainment events! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “BANE IN THE FLESH!!! -SMALLS UNO – SPIT FIRE & DIE RHYMIN EP REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: Smalls Uno (emcee) and Ray Flaqui (Producer) (features: Indian K)

Album: Spit Fire & Die Rhymin

Release Date: July 25, 2019

Buy/Stream album: https://grafrapgod.bandcamp.com/

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing another album from Smalls Uno aka Sire Spooky aka Spooky Gang! Smalls Uno is part of the Spooky Gang collective that I am blessed to be a part of. Smalls is actually the founder of the Spooky Gang! This year he has now put out two projects this EP included. If you recall I reviewed his first project of 2019 “Beast Mode” earlier this year! I became an instant supporter. I met Smalls and we became fam and now the Spooky Gang is a collective of about 15 individuals who are currently killin it! The album I am reviewing today is “Spit Fire & Die Rhymin”. Smalls worked on this project with dope Producer Ray Flaqui!

The Production on this whole EP is grimey and spooky as they come! Ray Flaqui found the perfect sound to match Smalls Uno’s dark lyricism! The intro track, “Backdraft” sets the tone! You don’t wanna battle him tho!!! I also love the title of the intro track goes with the fire theme of this EP! Smalls definitely crafted a concept and followed through. This is a very cohesive body of work from top to bottom. After the intro track we are blessed with 4 ill tracks! The second track is called, “Death Dance” which goes hard! Enraged rhymin’ at its finest! The beat tho, Ray you killed it on this one!

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The third track is, “As I Knew It” ft. Indian K who is also part of the Spooky Gang and also has his crew Sky High Krew! Smalls and Indian K spit about their lives and the shit they had to deal with in the streets and struggles they survived! The fourth track, “Paintin In The Rain 2” I love the jazzy sample, “Last Tango in Paris”. Smalls brings the smooth lyricism. The final track is, “Numb” you get a blaxploitation funk type beat. Smalls shows why he is someone who can’t be fucked with lyrically! The rap god! What a way to end the project! Go support real rap, dope lyricism and amazing Production! Cop this EP you won’t regret it! Spooky!!!

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “RAP FOR A DOPE CAUSE = HOPE4HOMELESS!!! – PRIMO DIRTY INTERVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing with you all an interview I did with Primo Dirty. I met Carlos aka Primo by attending one of his events. He organizes an event every couple weeks on Wednesdays at varied venues mainly the Chula Vista Brewery called, “Hope 4 Homeless”. He books San Diego artists (rappers/ poets/ singers, etc.) who get to perform and it is a place for like minded people to meet up, form friendships, share their talents and some lead to music collaborations. It is also for a dope cause he welcomes any donations from clothes, food or toiletries to give to the homeless community. I introduced myself to Primo and told him about my blog and that I would love to interview him since I love what he is doing to help the homeless community and mixing it with the Hip Hop community! He was down and now we have this interview! Hope you guys enjoy it! I really had fun doing this interview and we also touched on deep topics. I won’t give too much away please listen below and get to know Primo and his vision!

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PLEASE LISTEN TO THE AUDIO INTERVIEW BELOW OR CLICK LINK BELOW TO NOW LISTEN ON SPOTIFY!!! 🙂

Below is a flyer of a previous Hope 4 Homeless show.

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Follow these links to listen to some of Primos music:
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/primodirty/our-day-will-come
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/primodirty/summer-breeze

Thank you Primo for sitting down with me for this interview and being open about your journey! I appreciate you, your time and the example you are setting for the community to help those in need!!! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed listening to this interview. Go give Primo Dirty a follow @dirty_619 to keep up on his latest music and performances! Also follow @hope4h to keep up on the Hope 4 Homeless events! Donations welcome! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “PRINCE OF RAP – YBN CORDAE – THE LOST BOY ALBUM REVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Artist: YBN Cordae (Features: Pusha T, Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla Sign, Anderson Paak, Arin Ray and Meek Mill) . Also the Producers on this project range from Terrace Martin to J. Cole and more!!!

Album: The Lost Boy

Release Date: July 26, 2019

Buy/Stream album: All platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing YBN Cordae’s album titled, “The Lost Boy”. This album consists of 15 tracks. When I saw the long tracklist, I was like hopefully it is not filled with fillers. I became a fan of short projects. Especially now with this era of mass music consumption, albums dropping daily. Plus I got to admit it makes it easier to review an album when it is short lol. I was pleasantly surprised that all the tracks on this project are dope! We were blessed with 3 singles before the album was released. The first single was “Have Mercy” which is my song! The beat and hook go hard, got the song stuck in my head! The second single was “Bad Idea” ft. Chance the Rapper. This track is a positive motivational song about making it and seeing the positive side to life. The one that took the cake was the single that released a few days before the album dropped “RNP” ft. Anderson Paak. I watched the video on YouTube where they performed live on Jimmy Fallon and the chemistry they have together is out of this world. The song has a soulful funk upbeat vibe that just makes you want to vibe out to it! The other stand out tracks for me where “Thousand Words“, “Been Around“, “We Gon Make It“, “Way Back Home” and “Nightmares Are Real“. The whole album is fire tho!

I’ve been saying YBN Cordae is one to look out for and he proved me right! He has what it takes to become one of the greats from his generation. He definitely gives me hope that Hip Hop is in good hands! He is definitely carrying the torch for dope lyricism, conceptual album and true musicianship! Love the live instruments in some of the tracks. He also has a melodic flow and voice that makes it easy to listen to his tracks over and over. Also his singing voice is catchy. The features also complimented his album. He picked the right features on the right tracks that went with each rappers sound and style. He did not over do it or force it! His word play and double entendres are dope as fuck!. He also held his own on the songs where he features legends like Pusha T.

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He is definitely proving he is here for the longevity of making real music that is relatable and timeless. You can tell he respects the craft of taking your time to make a complete body of work. All the tracks fit well together. I did not skip any tracks. I have seen some of his interviews that he has done on his promo run this past week and I loved how he planned the tracklist in a specific order to musically show his journey to find his path. The songs sequence fit the theme of being a “lost boy” from top to bottom.

YBN Cordae is the Prince of rap in my opinion! I saw great potential in him since I heard his J. Cole 1985 response, “Old N***as“. So far my instinct has been on point and this youngin’ is killin’ it! Can’t wait to see what he has in store next! Go support and stream or buy this album, definitely worth it! You get a mix of hype songs to conscious and introspective tracks! There is something for everyone in this album!

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!

NIGHTMARE ON SEDGWICK AVENUE – “KILLER ARTIST! – RICHARD GARCIA INTERVIEW”

BY: GABY MORENO

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Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be sharing an interview I did with a very talented artist named Richard Garcia! I met him at Monsterpalooza earlier this year he was a vendor there. I came across his booth and I was instantly drawn to his dope art! I even bought a piece that I fell in love with lol, it was a Freddy Krueger art piece! I mean common my blog name pays homage to Nightmare on Elm Street and Freddy Krueger is one of my favorite horror icons! I introduced myself to Richard and he was very humble. I then added him on social media that same day. I wanted people to know how talented this man is and help him succeed with his passion! He already has his fair share of followers and supporters, but anything I can do to help his following grow I am always for helping others! Without further a do please read below to get to know more about Richard!

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1. Please introduce yourself to those who might not know who you are. Also please mention what area you are based out of for people who may want to know.

Hi there! My name is Richard Garcia. I am a full time tee shirt designer for a company and I am based out in the OC.

2. How did you begin drawing and have become the amazing artist you are today?

Haha. Well, I’m definitely not amazing, but I do appreciate the thought. But as far as I can remember, I’ve always been drawing–from children’s activity books, to lined paper…whatever I could get my little hands on. I’ve always been hammering way.

3. How long have you been making art? Specifically horror art? How did your journey begin?

Oh, man. I’ve been a horror fan since I was probably 9 or 10, and my love for it really took off once my parents bought a VCR and the dawn of the video rental store was born, where there was a mass explosion of memorable and not so memorable horror films. So from time to time I would do horror style art.

4. How long have you been attending horror conventions and selling your art? How did that first come about?

This is my second year at Monsterpalooza, and really my only horror convention that I’ve attended to, and since I’ve done others shows such as Wondercon and Long Beach Comic Con, and figured that I’d finally stretch out, explore another genre of cons and give this a shot, especially when they branched out in Pasadena. That’s when I really started to explore doing horror art.

5. Do you feel the horror community has embraced you? If so how?

Um, I guess. Haha It’s only my second year, so so far I’ve heard no complaints.

6. What’s you favorite scary movie? Why?

The classic Night Of The Living Dead. It’s a horror masterpiece.

7. What’s your favorite horror art piece and why?

Don’t think I have one just yet.

8. We have began to witness Jordan Peele giving black actors lead roles in horror movies which is rare in that genre and it is dope to see! Do you feel a director like Guillermo Del Toro could follow his lead and accomplish something similar for Mexicans in horror movies as lead characters? Do you feel latino representation in horror movies/shows is needed/important? If so why?

Well, he did do something to that extent with his 93′ Chronos, Pan’s Labyrinth, and The Devil’s Backbone where the majority of the movie was in Spanish. Though, I can’t say 100 % that this and Pan’s Labyrinth are really horror films, but the two of the three films do revolve around Latin culture. But I figured when he has a story to tell that’s Mexican focused, he’ll make it. Dude is a creative beast. And as of now, there is a the new film La Llorona, which is base off Mexican folklore, so that’s a pretty good catalyst of hopefully more films to come within our culture and hopefully new filmmakers.

And representation is def important. Each culture, be it Asia, East European, Ireland, etc…including ours has our own take on folklore and storytelling that brings new light to a much loved genre. It just needs to be told and put on celluloid, which is usually only a matter of time.

9. Do you feel it is important to have latino representation in the horror community, in your case the horror art community? Why?

I guess so. It certainly can’t hurt, and shows that any other up-and-coming Latino artists have different outlets to use their talents, such as the horror community.

10. What’s your favorite horror villain or icon ? Why?

Jason from Friday the 13th. Just the epitome of the horror slasher genre

11. What has been your greatest accomplishment with your horror art?

That I’m selling my work at Monsterpalooza. It’s easily one of the best horror cons on the West Coast.

12. What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind either creatively or on a personal level?

My own personal story to tell.

13. What is next for ArtbyRichard? Any upcoming projects in the works? Where can supporters/consumers find your work? You say you don’t do commission meaning you do not do custom orders?

Yeah, right now my job takes up a lot of my time, and with upcoming shows (East LA C.A.P.E, and Powercon), I tend to focus on creating new works for that. And I also want to focus on creating something for myself, so it’s easier to just close that up so I don’t have people waiting months for their piece to be done. I don’t like to have that hovering over my shoulders.
But in the meantime, you can find me mainly over on Instagram at @artbyrichard, along with a link to my Etsy shop 😀

14. What do you believe sets you apart from your peers or competition?

I don’t like to feel that I’m competing with other artists, especially if they’re my peers. If anything, I’m more inspired by my peers. You take that inspiration and try to feed off one another’s drive and motivation.

15. What kind of advice or words of encouragement would you give someone who is trying to enter the horror art community?

There really isn’t much, other than to just focus on your work and get it out there on social media if you want to get noticed.

16. What does your brand stand for or mean to you?

I never really thought much on that. Heh. I just do.

17. What would you like your supporters and customers to know about you?

That I like to eat and laugh a lot.

18. Any hidden gems horror movies or shows that you would like to recommend?

Um, at this point social media has pretty much turned over every stone out there when it comes to horror films. And also, because I can’t think of any at the moment. Heh.

19. How did you fall in love with the horror genre?

I think the third questioned answered that one–the VHS era! That really set me in the right direction of all things horror. I was that kid that rather rent Dawn Of The Dead than a Disney cartoon.

20. Any shout outs you would like to give out?

That I love my wife, Grace and can’t thank her enough for all the support she’s given me throughout the years.

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