Luis C. Gomez Rojas.
Where are you from?
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
Name of band:
Forge the Rubicon.
Who else is in your band?
Richard Allen, manager and co-producer. Tito Hernan - bass guitar, live performances and future studio and writing collaborations.
How would you describe yourselves?
Who are your main influences musically?
Depeche Mode and M83.
What do you hope to achieve in music?
As a musician/songwriter: Be recognized in the industry and someday have a Wikipedia page too... why not?? (lol!). As for Forge The Rubicon: Get my band signed to a label, anybody out there reading this, we are still available! Then, hear my songs on the radio, in movies and even commercials, while appearing on the music charts, tour and become a ‘named’ band!
What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
After arriving from Mexico, becoming a positive contributor to society by becoming a successful gigging drummer/singer playing three to four times a week. Married a wonderful girl and having two beautiful children, a four-year-old boy and one-year-old girl. Now, over the last nine months producing four creative song/videos appearing on Balcony TV and being interviewed on Loop Radio holding the top spot in their Top Thirty Chart. Building Forge The Rubicon into a going concern...all this accomplished through hard work and a good start...provide by my mother who introduced me to music since I was inside her womb. She would tell me how she used to sit down next to the record player and play Mozart, Bach, Schumann, Beethoven, Handel and Chopin (just to name a few) for hours. My mom belonged to the Jalisco’s State Chorus for about 20 years singing as a soprano and soloist. She always encouraged my, my older two sisters and my younger brother to sing or play an instrument. At home, we had a variety of instruments such as my dad’s old organ, my mom’s acoustic guitar. My sisters’ played violin, trumpet, harp, electric guitar and bass, vihuela and guitarron. When I was nine she signed me up for piano lessons for a year and she, being a guitar player, showed me a couple of things on that instrument. When I was 10 my mom singed me and my brother up to the San Luis Gonzaga Infant Chorus in which I became apart of for almost four years singing as a soprano. This chorus is still one of the most recognized infant choruses in the State. I starting acquiring an interest for drums around the same time my voice started to change, and I decided that it was time for me to leave the chorus. I wanted to be a drummer so bad but my parents could not afford to buy me set, only maybe one drum at that time. It wasn’t until I was 16 when my mom got me my first set of drums, and from then on they have been my main instrument.
Computers and software’s have been part of my life. I got my first computer when I was 14 and I went nuts after installing Fruity Loops 3, experimenting and creating all kind of melodies. I wrote and recorded my first song when I was 15 as a joke singing about my drunk cousin and writing songs for a friend of mine who was studying for a music career. Shortly after that, I attended the Arts and Technology college in Guadalajara and learned more about video production and editing software. I always have had passion for music/video and recording equipment, but was not able to buy any of that until I got older. It wasn’t until a couple of years after I moved to The United States and was able to afford home studio equipment. Between reading and hanging out with musicians and studio freaks I learned more about the recording and mixing process and got deeper into that. That’s pretty much the product of who I am now.
And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Having to sell my drum set to a bar owner before I moved to the states, I will never forget that harsh reality...!
If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Forever You. This song represents the beginning of Forge The Rubicon and the hard work and passion I put into it playing and recording every instrument. Having to write the lyrics, mixing and mastering the song and also shooting, editing and producing the video on my own was proved to me what I could do. After I finished the music video I showed it to my good friend Richard Allen, nowdays the manager and co-producer of Forge the Rubicon. Richard's resume includes “band manager and producer” back in the day. He stated that he and I should put something together using my ability to write music and his ability to manage.
In general, Forever You is a vision of what I see for the future, in that someday, using an audiovisual format and my advantage as musician to mix music and video to profection.
Where can we listen to it?
On Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEIf6gu8pmY
Where can we find out more about your music?
Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/forgetherubicon
Our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQakDio3PhkbYDmXUdaYzVg
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ForgeTheRubicon
Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask?
From time to time I am asked about the origin of the name Forge The Rubicon. The Rubicon is a river in Northern Italy. History says that when someone crosses that river with the intent to wage war on Italy, they have gone too far and cannot go back. Gaius Julius Caesar did just that. I see myself as coming to America to conquer and find a place in the music business, therefore Richard and I thought the name was perfect.