Born in Mexico City, this multi-talented artist currently makes his home in Los Angeles, California. Creative and always cutting edge, Beto Hale is an artist but he is more than that. He's a writer, producer, and father trying to make a living in a field we creative types dream about. His songwriting is excellent and the guy is a monster on the drums. Here is what Beto had to say:
We've played in several bands together a few years back in Colorado, how did you get started playing music?
Yes! I had a lot of fun playing with you!
In terms of my beginnings: I listened to the Beatles when I was eight and that was it! I started learning all their songs on the drums and then on guitar and piano. I took classical guitar lessons at 10; then was self taught for quite few years... then went into serious musical study around 18!
You've played/collaborated with some pretty big names. Can you give us a few examples and what you did?
Tony Levin (bassist for Peter Gabriel) played on my first CD, Sube. I met him after a show he did in Boulder, and just asked him straight out if he would do it! He was so cool about it and recorded some amazing tracks.
Here in LA I've written songs with some great Latin American songwriters, among them Alejandro Lerner, who is a huge star in Argentina and other countries.
What projects are you currently involved in?
I am writing the Spanish lyrics for Santino's album; he is a very well known indie artist in the L.A. scene; he is originally from Peru.
I am also co-writing and playing drums with Devlin Murphy, an amazingly talented young artist from L.A..
I am writing new songs all the time for a future album of my own. Not sure when it will come out yet!
What are your plans for the future musically?
To write, produce and play for other people's projects, collaborate with diverse writers, write musci for film and TV, and release many new albums (or whatever they will be called) of my own!
Is there a particular adjective or two you would use to describe the LA music scene?
What is the highlight for you so far, in your music career?
Honestly, I have had many. I was very fortunate to attend and graduate from Berklee Collego of Music; there, I was able to meet and collaborate with some amazing people. I also did a Masters in Composition at Denver University where I heard two of my pieces played by a full Symphony Orchestra!