We had the good fortune of connecting with Pedro Llanes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pedro, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m from the Southwest side of Houston Texas and I am a Guatemalan and Puerto Rican descent, where I was surrounded to see the ups and downs in the Latino community especially within my family. And that gives me the motivation today to keep striving because I know I come from a bloodline of hard workers who sacrifices everyday.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My music keeps me busy on the daily, I’m always trying to find knew schemes and ways to perfect my art. And Keeping my ear open to new sounds that can help keep my craft pure.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well I have to take them to the flea markets in Houston to find the hidden treasures when it comes to clothes, accessories, food trucks, and etc. And then we’re going to Main Street to have some good food, hear good music, and have drinks because downtown Houston in the outdoors is always a great place to take the edge off and build good energy.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to thank my mother for displaying courage and never giving up in life and always fighting hard in life and death situations and immigration. My best friend Cesar for teaching me the skill of music and for seeing something in me that I never seen within myself. My wife who controls everything in my musical journey who picks me up from the ground when I’m giving up. And last but not least my supporters for always taking the time to tell me that they respect my music, because in the end of the day as artists that’s what keeps us going.