We had the good fortune of connecting with Fernando Bandin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fernando, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk is a scary feeling. What is risk? It’s the possibility of a negative turn of events in most cases. Taking risk can make you feel uncomfortable. On the other hand, you’ll find without stepping out of you comfort zone, you cant experience new opportunities. Risk can lead to leveling up and opening new doors.
Taking the risk of renting out a recording studio with zero clientele was a risk but fast forward to the present I’m now a full-time audio engineer. With the right mind set and determination and desire you can accomplish anything.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Having a business that is music related is an ever-building career & I don’t mean financially but successfully. You can make a lot of money as the CEO of a company, but you hit the end of the road there. You can be the CEO of your company make a lot of money and continue to excel in your craft with diamond records, Grammy winning records, going into the rock and roll hall of fame, and there’s so much more behind all that and we haven’t even talked about film or games, advertisement.
I’m not very different from the others but what sets me apart is that I care of about the next audio engineer/artist/producers sucess just as much as my own, I’m competitive when it comes to being the alpha male, but I think we can all eat if we make room at the table.
Being able to let others know I’m a still involved with music full time and I work for myself is all the self-satisfaction I need. Right off bat your thinking music, full time? must be nice, well it is,
I built a full-time audio engineer/artist business by driving 45 minutes out of my way about 85 percent of the week after getting off of work at 6pm. Majority of the time I would get home at about 4-5am then clock in to work at 8am then repeat the cycle. I did this for about a year, built a loyal clientele that I learned to trust and built a system to bring in/scout new clients.
I learned you cant count your eggs before they hatch. I learned you need to have patience when looking for success. Nothing happens over night unless your getting an outstanding mix by myself. Just kidding but really patience is key..
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Nothing is in Maricopa and assuming I got money to spend then for breakfast Ihop, Hash Kitchen, decent Mexican restaurant maybe I’ll even hook it up at home. For lunch/dinner Angry Crab, Mana BBQ, Lynns buffet, Say Sushi, ATL, Taco Culture or again hook it up at home. Maybe we could visit the studio, which is free obviously but maybe the movies, mall, Top Golf. It really depends on what time of the year it is we could maybe go to a water park or haunted house maybe a Christmas event.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shout out Kieng a.k.a Killakiengondakeyz, without him EDOPV wouldn’t have a place to make a name for itself. He believed in me enough to provide and trust me with the opportunity he did which led to my success as a full-time audio engineer. Shout out to my parents for providing the home they did which isn’t much, but it taught me to understand what’s necessary what’s not which ultimately led to my future decisions as a full-time audio engineer.