Right- ‘Lo que no se ve no se pregunta’
Alejandro Santiuste is the spirit behind ‘Seven Days’- music, art, and occasional poetry. While on a walk with a friend of mine, I bumped into him. There aren’t words for his gifts as you can just feel it in his presence. He’s gentle and intelligent. He spoke of his dreams and aspirations as a creative person, then showed us some poems he’d written- his sweet words stuck thick in my head like a honey coating and I haven’t forgotten.
Alejandro moved to the East Coast at a young age from Mexico. He is intrigued by and appreciates many art forms. “Art is complex, yet simple to understand. It’s essentially the morphing of various shapes and sounds and flicks of a pen, or speech.” And the neat thing about it is when what you want to say won’t come out right verbally, you can show it in colors and sounds. Certain expressions are reserved for the tales of a brush or a melody. His art is what he calls a “follow up” to Basquiat, Haring, and Bacons’ masterpieces. He admires how easy it is to relate and sense their way of conveying emotion. And although most of his influence comes from New York artists, he is working towards defining his culture through art. He yearns to represent his upbringing; how his life being in the United States has changed it, how he had to adjust and find home.
Creation is about bringing something fresh to the table. It doesn’t have to reach the level of all-time greatest, but enough to have a humble place where people remember the journey. A lot of modern music is repetition. He wants to produce something he enjoys listening to, and has the chance to appeal to an entirely different crowd. It’s a chance to find himself out and make a breakthrough. “I want people to see that on top of me being short and all, I can pack a pretty hard punch.”
The process starts with a single thought. “From the millions of them floating around, one lights up and I write it down or, I quickly grab a pencil or paint.” It’s like you’ll be minding your own business, going about your day, and then you’ll hear an ordinary sound, but this time it’s louder and catches you. You see it in a different light. He records those sounds to create unique rhythms. “Unexpected sounds can lead to unexpected masterpieces.”
Everything designed is up for interpretation. You are always learning how to execute what you want to put on paper- the translation between your head and reality. And you may never know which piece is your best until long, long after it’s made. You’re your own judge and that can be the enjoyable part too. “If you’re passionate about certain things, those challenges become a little maze. You have fun trying to get to the end.” And being unsatisfied can help you strive to do even better, but you have to make sure you don’t fall into self-doubt. Sometimes artists waste time worrying. And in that time, nothing is created and that’s worse than creating something “bad”.