If the name Miguel Meléndez doesn’t sound cool enough to you, just wait till you hear his background. Known widely as CYAN, he was born in Puerto Rico but having called Brooklyn, NY home for the last ten years, the artist describes himself first as a musician. Oh, and also a music producer, and a songwriter, demonstrating the same multi-disciplined talent that the team at R&T has begun to identify as a trend in modern creatives.
Recently, Miguel has established himself as a visual artist, moving into the visual realm after having one too many negative experiences with those in the music industry. At first, he found that the world of art wasn’t too dissimilar to the music industry, with a lot of hype that led down some disappointing paths. Happily, Miguel eventually realised that if he wanted to make an impact in visual art, he had to create his own.
“At the end of the day, it’s almost the same thing as making music,” the 28 year-old said; “finding the perfect balance between tension and release. Manipulating Zeros and Ones.”
To mentally manipulate your own Zeros and Ones, read on for the R&T Weird Interview.
What do you call the pet elephant your Grandma gave you?
What’s the weirdest thing you do?
Probably be hyper-OCD and organized, some people think it’s very weird but it makes my work just flow when my space is just right.
Your most embarrassing moment is:
Middle School. Girl breaks up with me after about 30 minutes of being my girlfriend. Going back into that classroom was pretty rough.
Paste a link to the best video on the internet.
What’s the worst nightmare you’ve ever had?
I once had a lucid dream where an old man, was suffocating me with a plastic bag and then I died. Was shaken up for most of that day.
What IS your worst nightmare?
To not be able to do what I love every single day of my life.
What were you like in high school?
Cool, but also a geek, Played cool with every crowd. Always had good grades, until my last 2 years where I played guitar and sung in a punk band called “Litterbox.”
List one of your favourite quotes:
“We’re all alone in this togetherness” – Lucius (Brooklyn Band)
Tell us about your creative process.
My ideas pop randomly into my mind throughout the day and night. I make recordings/memos/notes about them and then I sit down and try to grow them into a full body of work. I also sometimes forget about them completely which then turns into a nice surprise when you find that sketch or note and find a lost gem that you can bring back to the life it deserves.
What do you do in your free time?
I have a Day job (boo) which is unrelated to my art, so all I do with my free time is bring my music and visual art to life. I also enjoy learning new techniques to expand my horizons, both musically and visually.
Tell us something you wouldn’t necessarily like the internet to know.
When I was growing up (6 to 7years old) I listened to some horrible music like this.
Last one: what would you say to beginners in your field?
I’d say something that I wish someone had told me when I was starting out. It’s easy to get lost in gear, to find out what tools your favorite artists use to make art (be it music or visual) and which plugins they like, and whatnot. You can waste a lot of money and time living that pattern when Instead you should be focusing on making your craft, the most important aspect of your art, the content.
Making the content the best it can be with any tool that you have available at your disposal. A lot of people did amazing things when computers were not around, and they had very little resources to do music or art yet they still did it and some of it transcended into the present as some of the most important pieces in history. With the tools available now, even if you can’t afford to get the latest plug in/application if your content is solid it will be great no matter what you use. This is something I apply to everything in life.
A long time ago when I was frustrated with my content I read somewhere “It’s not the arrow, it’s the person who shoots the arrow” and that stuck to me, it really help put things into perspective. No matter how expensive the piece of gear is, it is worthless if you don’t have good content.