We had the good fortune of connecting with CJ Serrato and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi CJ, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I knew I wanted to do something with music once I grabbed my first pair of drum sticks. Just the idea of being a rockstar sounded so special to me as a 6 year old nerdy kid. Once I got older I looked up to bands like Paramore, Queen, Vampire Weekend and artists like Bruno Mars and Selena Quintanilla. Then once I discovered electronic music from artists like deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, Daft Punk, Madeon, Porter Robinson and most importantly Skrillex, I found the path that felt right for me to follow. With all that being said, the one common thing that all of these bands and artists gave me when listening to them was the feeling of hope. For most people, music is a sort of therapy that helps them cope with the crazy world that we live in. But for me, music saved me from many dark times in my life, and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the gift of music. I became an artist because I want to help people like my favorite artists helped me. If I could impact one person’s life, then it was all worth it. 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As both a producer and an artist, I really like to challenge myself to create something both unique and enjoyable. Most people would see me as a DJ, but I’ve actually stopped doing DJ sets as SPCMN and I make more of a live set where I can actually perform in front of a crowd. Thanks to the technology that many artists like me have access to, I’m able to consider myself a live artist/musician where I perform a unique live set that has me jumping from keyboard to keyboard and controlling every sound from my live rig. I also consider myself as a “Conceptual Artist”, where I sit down and create a storyline for any SPCMN project that I work on at the time. The idea of creating a world, creating a movie-like narrative where I build these fleshed out characters and have certain artists play a part like an actor would, I see myself as a Tarantino-esque Director for the music that I’m creating right now. I’m really proud of the work that the team and I have been putting in for my second album. We’re a year in with still a long ways to go, but taking time to make this story special, unique and meaningful has been a challenge and a blessing. I will say that the road to where I am now was not easy. I think every musician and artist know that its such a challenge to recognized in music, especially with the pandemic shaking everything up. I still consider myself in the beginning of my journey, but this year has definitely helped me dial in on a more focused vision for my music, both creatively and sonically. I loved the work I did in 2018 & 2019, but everything I did this year with my singles “YOU”, “Party of One” & and recently “GEMS, I feel more confident with the sounds and collaborations that I’m working with. The lessons that have learned throughout this whole journey: patience and trust. These things made me a better artist and a better person. The idea behind “SPCMN” has become a project/persona where I as “CJ Serrato” can create a world full of stories that people can relate to. A lot has happened to me in my own personal life, and this new EP/album is going to be there start of this new world that others can come listen and explore the world that has come from that journey.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I consider Taqueria Temo to be the best tacos in Fort Worth. I’ve gone for years and it has never let me and my friends down. Magnolia Avenue has some amazing places to check out too with places like Melt (ice cream), Gus’s Fried Chicken, Craftwork Coffee and Heim BBQ. Crude and Sons Coffee are my favorite coffee shops to go to. Sundance Square is definitely a beautiful spot to walk around and enjoy downtown vibes. I also love a newer venue called The Funktion, a lot of events are happening there and its becoming a great place for creativity to shine and to be enjoyed.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
In the past 4 years, SPCMN has become more than just a one man band. I’ve gotten so far because I have a family and a core team that has supported me through every single moment of this journey. I thank God every day for giving me this gift and heart for music. I would not be here if it wasn’t for His grace and wisdom. The Greenhouse Studios Team is my core team that has been there for me before Greenhouse was even thought of. From my manager Solomon, my co-producer Thaniabear, my dear friend/songwriter & front man of “Nightstand Lamps” Boggus, plus all of NSL (Justin, Davey, Gabe) to the amazing artists that I’ve gotten to work with constantly like Dezmond Walker, Averi Burk, Libby Fuller, Ashton Edminster, Carley Bearden, TAKA$, Sudie and so many more artists, the SPCMN project would be nothing without them. Lastly, I have to thank my family, specifically my parents for believing in me from the beginning. Becoming a musician is not an easy road, but they have pushed me and made me a better person and I would rather be a good person than an amazing musician. They are everything to me and everything I do is to make my family name known and proud.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hellospcmn/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/spcmn_

Image Credits
Averi Burk, Basik Photagraphy, Chloe Gonzales, Paul Carmona, Atlas Blue

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