Welcome, Antonio DJ Antonio Freso
Company Rules is pleased to chat with you about life and your rules for motivation and hope. Meeting you in Dallas post 5-6 years ago, I remember vividly your passion and love for music and your intention to share “your” music with the world. Most recently this month boldly shared your experience and journey which inspired praises among your followers and caught my attention as I relate 100%. Chat with me on “10 questions for impact!
1. What have you learned about yourself this week?
Great question. I never knew how much of an empath I was or have become. I was just in the movies the other day, watching a movie, and I found myself tearing up several times, which has never happened to me before. You know in American culture, we teach our boys that if you cry you are a “SUCKA” or a “PUNK”, so suck it up and deal with it. But, it was a powerful scene in the movie and I could feel the emotion of the moment and started tearing up. I have learned that I am in more touch with my emotions than I thought, and they like to show themselves at times…LOL!
2. Most recently I read you moved to Miami from LA by way of Dallas where I was initially introduced to you. What prompted the move?
In short, I am just on my journey, just following my path. That’s the real answer. But here is another part of that; I’ve been in LA learning how to be a better music producer and songwriter. During that process, my music has started to reflect more of who I am, and where I come from. I was raised in Baltimore, but I have Dominican & Puerto Rican roots. So, I starting putting those strands of DNA in my music. From the music that I just released, you can hear the Afro-Latin & Caribbean influences, as well as those Pop & EDM vibes in my music. Miami is the perfect place to be for that music to live and be created. It’s where I belong.
3. Since your spiritual awakening tell the Company the side effects of growth and how you continue to adjust?
Its was and still is a BIG ADJUSTMENT! At first, I had gone to deal will all the emotional baggage and false beliefs that I’ve been carrying around my entire life. There were times I felt like my life was being ripped away from me, and there was no end in sight to this process. Everything I thought I had figured out was false, and the things that I’ve been running from was exactly what I need to face to grow. A lot of times we, as people get excited to grow, but they call it “GROWING PAINS” for a reason. You got to experience some of those pains to grow. Now, I tend to look at situations, good or bad, as to why this is happening FOR ME instead of TO ME. It helps me see why I am going through a particular situation and deal with a certain aspect of myself that I may need to let go, or embrace.
4. How easy was it to pack up again and move to Miami?
Actually, out of all the moves I made, Miami was the hardest of all. Moving from Baltimore to Dallas, was easy because I had my job on the radio and a support system there to help. Moving from Dallas to Los Angeles, was a bit harder, because I left my radio job and I didn’t have a job I was going to. But I ended up driving for Uber and Lyft to support myself while I was studying and working on my craft. With Miami, I knew it was coming up because I was seeing and hearing all the signs for Miami. While I would be doing for Lyft, I would see Florida License plates all the time, which is CRAZY to me, because FL is 3,000 miles away from California. But I would see 6 or 7 of them every day. Then everyone would just randomly start talking about Miami out of nowhere. So I knew the move was coming up fast for me, I just didn’t know what I would be doing, or how I was gonna pull it off. But everything worked out and BOOM…here I am!
5. What’s one thing you want to share about listening to your inner voice?
Our inner voice is one of the most valuable tools we have in life. The crazy thing is, the more you listen to it, the more obvious the next move, or non-move becomes. The more you ignore it, the quieter it becomes and things become more cloudy at times. When I find myself not knowing what to do, that’s when I do nothing and wait until I can hear that voice again, and suddenly, things are clicking again, and I am in that FLOW!
6. Music is life and I know this to be true from our interactions, have you figured out your life’s’ purpose?
I always knew music was always in my purpose since I was a young child. But for me, it was more about finding my “true north” or direction. Now, I know exactly the type of music I want to put out, I found my sound, and even the kinds of things I want to have my records say. The type of DJ/Artist I am now is so much more focused, verses before, things were all over the place. I was chasing “what was hot” or what I thought the “next sound” was in music. But I was disregarding how I truly felt about the music. Now all that just background noise to me, and I’m all about expressing who I am.
7. 2020 is in sight, what plans do you have for continued self-growth and your music?
Right now, I am working on my EP, and getting things prepared to release that. I am having fun with that whole process and just following the steps. I am starting to meet people who are in line with that same goal, so it is exciting to start building that team. So in terms of 2020, it is starting to look like an exciting year, and I want a lot of it to be all about the music and the people that enjoy it. I plan to be on tour and playing shows for sure, so getting back in the clubs, is something I am excited about as well. I enjoy DJing and watching people having fun, but now, I am throwing my music in the mix, and to watch people enjoy themselves and let go to something you created is an out of this world feeling.
8. What advice do you have for someone struggling to just let go and live life?
I’m not gonna lie, its a struggle at first, because we are so accustomed to “trying to make things happen” and “forcing situations.” But I would say, start small, even when it comes to hanging out with friends. Try and just see where the day/night takes you, without expectations. You will be surprised what happens when you just let go and let things flow in your favor. We are all energy, and if we paid any attention to what we learned in Science class, energy loves to take the path of least resistance. It’s a lot easier to flow downstream than it is to swim against the current. Just ride that wave.
9. How are you comfortable in not knowing what’s going to happen next?
Honestly, I am becoming more and more comfortable, but I am not gonna lie, I have to catch myself at times. Every now again, I get frustrated at times, and start tripping, because that is decades worth of old programming that I am still trying to undo, so it is constantly a new level of surrender that I am working on for myself. I will say, life has started to become less stressful for me, I don’t even trip on things that used to set me off before. So that’s a positive.
10. How do you feed your soul and find joy?
First off, when I am making music or DJing, I get excited the most. But I find myself doing things that I didn’t know I loved all these years. Now, I go to the beach by myself, and just relax and enjoy listening to the waves crashing. I love going hiking or taking a walk, which by the way, I picked that habit up from living in Los Angeles. I also found myself reconnecting with baseball, which is one of my first loves. Over the years I have gotten away that for whatever reason, but I have recently realized how much I missed it and adore it. ***Insert any Dominican/Puerto Rican baseball joke here*** LOL! I enjoy my time with myself more than before, because I feel that’s where my inner voice speaks the loudest to me, and I get those thoughts of inspirations and that intuitive guidance of what needs to happen next.
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