“I was never into choir or anything music based in school,” says Alfonso. “I didn’t really listen to music at all.” That changed when the then 19-year-old began putting his feelings down on paper as a form of therapy after a girl broke his heart. Since then he has released five CD’s featuring his special blend of pop, Latin and classical music.
Influenced by greats like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and classical composer Antonio Vivaldi, Alfonso started out by humming his ideas into a small digital recorder. This technique allowed him to come up with catchy melodies which he then translated to full songs, all the time playing keyboard and piano by ear.
His first CD titled Complicated was released independently in December of 2006. The release was Alfonso’s introduction to the pop music world. In between the release of Complicated and Alfonso’s sophomore release (Classical Movement Vol. 1) in 2009, he branched out as an artist, adding classical music to his repertoire.
Taking a different lane was a risk that paid off for Alfonso as audiences embraced his work in both genres. “When choosing the two I didn’t know what was going to happen,” says Alfonso. “I didn’t know if I should have stayed in pop or gone fully classical but the overall reaction to both styles has been positive.”
Having only released two albums over the first four years of his career, Alfonso challenged himself to release three full projects per year. He fulfilled that goal in 2010 by releasing two classical albums (Classical Movement Vol. 2 and Accelerando) and a pop project titled My Time.
Alfonso has already started on more new releases for 2011, including a follow up to his first CD featuring songs that did not make the cut titled Complicated: The Lost Tracks plus another classical and pop album.
If that was not enough the Full Sail graduate is currently working on television, film and video game scoring.
Though he got into music late in life Alfonso has since realized that music is his niche in life and he hasn’t looked back since. Now that is how you turn heartbreak into something amazing.
How do you describe your music to people?
A soothing blend of Brian Tyler and Antonio Vivaldi's classical, with a mix of Bruno Mars pop and a bit of latin flare.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
The initial start of my music was a girl I was very interested in High School. Many failed attempts with her would lead me to write my feelings down on paper.
Eventually as I got better and better at rhyming patterns and structure I would start to add various instruments to give depth and color to my music.
One thing led to another and I was soon following my true calling in life...music.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I REALLY love to play Final Fantasy and other Role Playing games (RPG's).
I love getting lost in the amazing stories and worlds that each game has to offer.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Having to and needing to put on multiple 'hats' at all times.
Making sure I have time to hone my skills, write new material, finding graphic designers, getting distribution ready, mixing and mastering my music.
Although extremely rewarding, it can be very exhausting.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I actually never thought about what I wanted to be when I was growing up, I was always living in the moment, having fun and hanging out with family and friends.
Although music was around me all the time because my dad owned and sang in his own spanish cover band...it was never clear to me that music is what I would be doing later in life.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I come from a small town of around 1600 people so it was hard to get influenced in such a small place and 14 miles away in all directions to the nearest entertainment venue.
Although I love my hometown very much...it was not one of the reasons I began in music. It is a very peaceful and quiet town but not really known for music entertainment.
Although I was never 'involved' with the community...the high school music teacher at the time was one of my key moments with my music career. She helped me with basic principles in music when I first started writing.
I seeked her out after I finished high school and she helped guide me in the right direction for which I will always be thankful for!
My favorite artists that I listen to the most are Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. My favorite classical composer is Antonio Vivaldi.
Not too many current artists I'm crazy about...but I do like what Bruno Mars is doing right now.
What does your future hold?
If I keep working hard and keep following a positive direction...I believe that my future should be a bright one. The journey has been long and difficult but the things I've learned along the way not only as a musician but as a person will help me greatly.
Patience is truly a virtue and is one I work hard at everyday. I truly hope and believe that the fruits of my labor will pay off with consistency, dedication, and persistence.