Feliciano is a Puerto Rican lyricist and composer. The majority of his compositions are in the Indie Pop genre, although he also dabbles in classical and instrumental electronica. Apart from being an accomplished musician, he is also a music educator who teaches piano and music theory.
With him, we learned more about his latest song, as well as more about his music career as a whole.
What is your real and official showbiz name?
My name is Christian E. Feliciano Cordero (long name, I know!), but I go by Feliciano
How long have you been making music and what attracted you to it?
I’m a late bloomer. I started learning the keyboard and writing songs when I was sixteen. As a child, I used to always play with my action figures and create plots and storylines that would sometimes last for days (sometimes weeks), but my upbringing wasn’t musical, aside from hearing my mother sing Spanish ballads on Sunday mornings.
It wasn’t until my teens that my friends and I started getting deep into music. I even remember that in ninth grade we all decided to start a band. The problem was that none of us knew how to play an instrument. When I was sixteen years old, I was listening to a lot of music like Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, The Ramones, and Bob Dylan, but it wasn’t until one day when I was watching a movie called Wicker Park that I felt the need to create music.
There’s a scene in the movie where the protagonist finds his love and the song The Scientist by Coldplay comes up. At that moment I realized the power of music and how, without it, the scene wouldn’t have been a fraction of what it was.
Shortly after the realization, my high school was looking for students to take a keyboard class and I was the first one to volunteer, and the rest is history. I’ve been a musician ever since.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
At the same time that I was learning the keyboard, My childhood friend Francis X. Guzman was taking guitar lessons.
He introduced me to Indie Rock, especially the music of The Killers. I kid you not when I tell you that we used to play Hot Fuss nonstop. We were hooked, and with our friends Juan T. Lopez and Ezequiel Acevedo, we form a band called A Colorful Mind.
We used to set up our whole equipment at open mics just to play two songs. Those were good times, indeed.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
What inspires me the most are two things. Those are Imagination and Personal Experiences. Mostly a blend of the two, which is why people constantly ask me if I’m okay.
The truth is that I don’t have the answer to that most of the time, but what is reality, but a projection of that we feel needs be true. When it comes to who inspires me, I would say society itself and the spaghetti we all live in.
I believe that an artist must serve society, in a way. And it would be irresponsible to use art solely as a means to gain.
What are your friends’ and parents’ thoughts on your career in singing?
A career in singing!? oh, no no! I’m not a singer by any means. My thing is composing and songwriting. I sing only because somebody has to do it. I’m not sure what they think of it. I never thought of asking.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
I think the most difficult challenge is the whole DIY aspect that I and many indie artists face. We are not only artists, but we are a whole team in one. It can take a toll on you, you know? Especially when, after so much work, you don’t get the results you were expecting. Still, we continue to do it again and again. A big sacrifice that is often overlooked.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The Internet has changed the music business from the core! Positively, now an artist can fully take control of their careers by eliminating the middle man. On a negative note, I feel like music is way more saturated now. It is all based on some sort of “influence” that I quite don’t understand.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Just do it. If songwriting is a part of who you are, you don’t really have a choice. It can be (and possibly will be) a long rocky road, but “oh”, it is worth it. It is a unique way of living and seeing the world.
What is your current project about?
Well, I’m a romantic at heart, and I’m constantly writing lyrics of impossible love, breakups, or loneliness over danceable music.
My previous single was called “Depression“. There was no storytelling in it, but just a raw explanation of how the disorder feels. It was heavy to the point of receiving calls and messages from people I don’t know asking why I wrote the song or with full-blown hate messages.
I really hit a rough spot with that one. Even if the single has a successful release to my standards, it got me thinking. I always write this breakup song, but what happens afterwards. Hence The Bounce back.
What does this song mean to you?
This song means change and the good kind. I can only hope that it could mean the same for somebody out there that needs it. No matter how small.
What are your hobbies?
Music and art occupy most of my time. I enjoy daydreaming. Does that count? Lord, does this mean I need to get a life!?
What do you do aside from this profession?
When I’m not writing or recording music, I work as a music theory and piano instructor for an agency that provides keyboard equipment and lessons to schools.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
If there’s somebody out there that considers themselves a fan of mine, I would like to say thank you.
I do receive very wholesome messages here and there, and believe me that they mean the world to me. Just to know that something I wrote has touched, helped, or just made somebody vibe, is priceless.