What is your artform and/or vision?
Antonio A. Lopez is a self proclaimed "Small town-big soul songwriter". He grew up in the high deserts of the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado. Recently he has relocated to northern Colorado and now lives in Longmont. His debut album "The Romantic and The Realist" has an earthy modern-folk-rock vibe with a common thread throughout the album being the duality and balance not only in life; but also within ourselves. Left Brain versus right brain. The little angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. Masculine and feminine energy. Too often, people use these opposing energies and identities to "beat up on themselves" and have negative dialogues within our own heads. Through music, Antonio hopes that he can aid the listener to "first become their own best friend and truly love all the different personalities within. Accept ourselves. After that, go forth in the world and treat everyone you meet with kindness. So much of intolerance for others in this world, is really just intolerance for ourselves in disguise. We get frustrated with our own shortcomings and take it out on someone else." Antonio A. Lopez believes that one of the biggest injustices in this world is judging a person before you even get the chance to know them.
What other artists inspire you?
Amos Lee, Don Conoscenti, Don Richmond, Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne, Darrell Scott, Griffin House
What does the phrase "Time is Art" mean to you?
In my opinion Time is the most divine form of art. Time is the mother that births us into this world. On a surface level, time dictates our lives. It lets us know when we should wake up, when to go to work, how long we should cook our dinner for. Time also goes deeper than that concept. To me, time is also the heartbeat of the universe. Its pulse brings all ideas and beings into being.
Art is way of capturing particular points in time that hold extra sweetness. It is like picking an apple off the tree when it is perfectly ripe and being able to keep it without it ripening and spoiling. Art is a way to honor and remember the past. Art is also a way to dream for a better tomorrow. I often write songs about my childhood. When I was five or six years old I had a deal worked out with my older brother Reyes. I would walk on his back as a form of massage and in exchange he would let me listen to CD's on his Walkman. Two songs that I have vivid memories listening to are "Under The Bridge" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and "November Rain" by Guns N' Roses. These two songs really resonated with me and filled me with a sense of wonder and magic. I had no knowledge of the structural and technical makings of music at this point in my life, it was all just musical magic.