Jimmy Figueras


Welcome! My name is Jimmy Figueras. I was born in Los Angeles, California in 1978. As a child of the '80s in Southern California, I grew up listening to music mostly played in movies and on the Disney channel. At the age of 10 I moved with my parents to Costa Rica, where I discovered such amazing and beautiful music in Spanish and other languages. I started to play the keyboard by ear at the age of 13 and never stopped since. In 1998 I was admitted to the piano program at the National University of Costa Rica, where I received classical and tonal harmony but realized that classical music/piano did not resonate with me, so I started to discover other styles of music beginning with jazz. I returned to the United States in 2004 and currently live in Indian Land, South Carolina Even though I have not uploaded any music here on Drooble yet, I intend to soon as I've recently purchased a new digital piano and gear. ¡Bienvenidos! Mi nombre es Jimmy Figueras. Nací en Los Angeles, California en 1978. Como niño de los 80 en el sur de California, crecí escuchando música en películas y en el canal de Disney. A la edad de 10 años me mudé con mis padres a Costa Rica, donde descubrí una música tan increíble y hermosa en español y en otros idiomas. Empecé a tocar el teclado de oído a la edad de 13 años y no he parado desde entonces. En 1998 ingresé al programa de piano clásico en la Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, donde recibí armonía tonal pero me di cuenta de que la música clásica no me resonaba para dedicarme a ella, así que comencé a descubrir otros estilos de música comenzando con el jazz. Regresé a los Estados Unidos en 2004 y actualmente vivo en Indian Land, Carolina del Sur, donde sigo descubriendo nuevos estilos de música que me atraen. Aunque todavía no he subido música aquí en Drooble, tengo la intención de hacerlo pronto, ya que he comprado un nuevo piano digital y equipo recientemente.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is something that cannot be expressed in words, it goes beyond the word "art". It is something to be shared with others (other musicians and audience included) and not be seen as a machine-like entity, a business, or a sport to compete against or hate each other. La música es algo que no se puede expresar con palabras, va más allá de la palabra "arte". Es algo para compartir con otros (otros músicos y audiencia incluidos) y no ser visto como una entidad similar a una máquina, un negocio o un deporte para competir u odiarse entre sí.

What is your music dream?

To work as a musician by: composing, performing, recording and sharing my music with the world; plus to share covers of artists that the non-spanish-speaking world hasn't heard of and deserves to enjoy Trabajar como músico: componiendo, interpretando, grabando y compartiendo mi música con el mundo; además de compartir covers de artistas al mundo que no habla español (especialmente aquí en los Estados Unidos) que no ha oído pero que merece disfrutar

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I can't change the world, I can only change how I see the world. No puedo cambiar el mundo. Lo único que puedo cambiar es mi manera de ver al mundo.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

There are a lot of songs that touched my heart as a child: "Let's get together" (Parent Trap), "I get around" by the Beach Boys, Ritchie Valens'/Los Lobos music from "La Bamba", music sung on "Kids Inc." TV show, Punky Brewster and Laverne and Shirley TV theme songs, Prince's "Batman" album, New Kids on the Block "Hanging Tough" and "Step by Step" albums, "Glory of Love" by Peter Cetera, "Hearts on Fire" by John Cafferty, Bill Conti's "Karate Kid" and "North and South" scores, Craig Safan's "The Last Starfighter" score, Dana Kaprof's "Starman" TV music, "We are the world" (USA Africa), Nintendo Music. Hay muchas canciones que me tocaron el corazón cuando era niño: "Let's get together" (de la película Parent Trap), "I get around" de los Beach Boys, la música de Ritchie Valens / Los Lobos de "La Bamba", música cantada en el show "Kids Incorporated." en el canal Disney. Canciones de programas de TV como Punky Brewster y "Laverne y Shirley" , el álbum "Batman" de Prince, los álbumes "Hanging Tough" y "Step by Step" de New Kids on the Block, "Glory of Love" de Peter Cetera, "Hearts on Fire" de John Cafferty, la música de "Karate Kid" y "North and South" de Bill Conti, la música de "The Last Starfighter" de Craig Safan, la música de la series de TV "Starman" de Dana Kaprof, "We are the world", y música de Nintendo.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Fito Paez, Chuck Leavell, Harry Connick Jr, Michel Camilo, Chick Corea, Hiromi, Giorgio Moroder, Michael Nyman, Ennio Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone

What inspires you to make music?

It can be a variety of things that are life-supporting, but mostly it has to do with being, and not thinking. Puede ser una variedad de cosas que representan vida, pero principalmente tiene que ver con el sentir y en no pensar.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I don't feel that music is something that can be expressed in a sentence or with words, even if it's music with lyrics. However, any kind of music can convey beauty, peace, joy, love and so many wonderful things. Siento que la música es algo que no se puede expresar con palabras (aunque sea una canción con letra), pero cualquier tipo de música transmite belleza, paz, alegría, amor y muchas otras cosas maravillosas.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I feel connected to the audience and I share that. Me siento conectado con el público y comparto esa conexión.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Every musician's reality is different, therefore I cannot speak for them. However, if you're referring to the music industry noawadays. that is something that has been created by the masses, which is is something I can't change. I can only create the music that resonates with me and share it with the world by seeing music as an art form and something fun by creating and playing music that comes from feeling and not thinking or analyzing. La realidad de cada músico es diferente, por lo tanto, no puedo hablar por todos los músicos. Sin embargo, si te refieres a la industria de la música hoy en día, eso es algo que ha sido creado por las masas y es algo que no puedo cambiar. Solo puedo crear la música que resuena conmigo y compartirla con el mundo al ver la música como una forma de arte y algo divertido al crear y tocar música que viene de sentir y no del pensar o analizar.

What do you think of Drooble?

I think it's awesome! I absolutely love it! it's the best website for musicians that I have ever seen! I've never heard such great and beautiful music like I've heard here on Drooble! Es excelente! ¡Lo máximo! ¡Me encanta! ¡Es el mejor sitio para músicos que he visto! ¡Nunca he oído música tan linda y gential como la que he oído aquí en Drooble!

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Not hearing enough "organic" music created nowadays on the radio and musicians seeing music as a machine-like entity, a computer science, a business and a sport. No escuchar suficiente música "orgánica" hoy en día en la radio y que muchos músicos ven a la música como una máquina, ciencia, un negocio y un deporte.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I'm grateful that there is a music scene where I live. I go to see bands I like on weekends and during music festival seasons.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Listening to your heart and never giving up no matter what.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Fito Paez, Keep the Gap, Tango India, Gandhi, Manuel Obregon, Editus, Malpais, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Exile (J-Pop), Diego Torres, MIA (argentinian prog rock band), Timbiriche, Alejandra Guzman, Los Prisioneros, Ivete Sangalo, Dulce Pontes, Caetano Veloso, Luan Santana, Cristian Castro, Sasha Sokol, Ricardo Montaner, Miguel Rios, Mecano, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Blacanblues, Paralamas, Cafe Tacuba, Eros Ramazzotti, Laura Pausini, Zaz, Joan Manuel Serrat, Nino Bravo, Enanitos Verdes, Pablo Ruiz, Stefany Salas, Gloria Trevi, Magneto, Fey