At what age did you start making music?
I started singing at 8, for my family and friends, I picked up a song, got together everyone in the kitchen or the living room and started singing for everyone. At 12 I started playing guitar with the same intention. At 16 I started playing in bands.
Why did you come to America?
I fell in love with music at the same moment that I fell in love with American culture and language. The same age I started singing I started studying English books, and learning about American Culture. My uncle Danny, he’s an American vet from W.W. II and as I grew up with no father, he bacamce a father figure and was very influential in my lifestyle. My mom supported very much this influence. So when I was 7 or 8, he gave me my first original Cassette, it was Michael Jackson’s Bad. Since that day I decided that music was gonna be my life.
Where does your name come from?
My uncle Danny never learned how to pronounce my real name. And when I came for the first time to the US, people started calling me Iggy for the same reason. Carson simply means Cardozo son, and this is like a reminder that my real father was never around.
Talk a little bit more about your musical influences, it’s obvious that Michael Jackson was one of them. Are there more?
Yes of course, there are many, Michael was my first and forever inspiration, but through my music learning I started admiring many guitar players, and I listening to many metal bands because of its guitar players. Mustaine from megadeth was one of those although I always thought I played better than him. Prince is a big inspiration in this moment of my career because he’s one of the most complet artist I’ve ever seen. Steve Wonder, many Jazz musicians like Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong…. well, there are a lot.
You’re a Colombian, do you have some inspiration from the latin side?
Yes, well of course I grew up listening to other music, not because I wanted to, but my sister for instance, listened a lot to Juan Luis Guerra (Dominican Musician) and thank God my sister had good taste, cause he is one of the best composers, arrangers and producers that I’ve ever seen. For me he is like the latin version of someone like Quincy Jones, or Steve Wonder, he’s a master.
What do you think about today’s music?
Wow, I think there’s a lot to do with music today, for me music is limitless. But I think people consume what’s in the market regardless of the quality of the music, you just need to put it into a nice envelope, and it sells. That’s one of the reasons why many artists disappear so fast. They’re forgetting the music.
What do you think about today’s music industry?
Industry is going through a lot of changes, but I’m pretty sure they are recovering from that. The problem today is not the record labels, the problem today is technology. Today any person can make an album, so many people learn to play Do Re Mi in the guitar and they consider themselves musicians ready to record, so they just buy a computer, record, and try to sell it. The problem is that the dream of being a superstar seems to be closer for everyone, which is very wrong. Many pseudo stars, start sending music to the record labels, and what happens is that the record labels start closing their doors for everyone cause they are tired of listening so much garbage. Is not like the old times anymore. But there are true artists out there, just a few.
Do you consider yourself a true artist?
I don’t want to recognize it, I just want to be better and better. My family and friends insist and I try not to think about that, but I’m pretty sure that the last day of my life I’ll be making a song.
So what would be your advice for an aspiring artist?
My honest advice would be that playing a few chords doesn’t mean that you are a musician, and not because you are a musician you are a star. Everyone is great in something, think about what is for you, what’s your field to be great at it, and do it. If the only thing you ever desire was recognition or fame, you are wrong. Build something that you think deserves recognition, but have in mind that this building can take your whole life, if you are able to spend your life perfecting an ability, then go ahead. If you are sure you did it, go and find recognition.