We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Lundi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I went with being a music teacher and musician because it was something I had a burning desire for. I always find it real fun to play on stage in front of a crowd and my patience has even allowed me to enjoy teaching as well. Granted you at times teaching in a class room setting could be challenging even if its a 1 0n 1 private lesson but it makes you stand out to kids if you could make it real fun for them and catch their attention.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
2019 pretty much set the tone for me. I started off the new year determined to quit my job as a cable technician. In February of 2019 I made it happen and started doing private lessons full time. In a day, I would have at least 4-5 students and my Saturday evenings would be a group session at a church. As I was getting my feet wet, a friend of mine mentioned a position for a music teacher at a private elementary school. From installing cable to now being the music teacher at school. It was not just teaching theory, I was also teaching instruments and vocal. My biggest challenge and accomplishment so far has been to put together a Christmas show with the kids. During practices I couldn’t tell if I would loose my job at the moment because I honestly couldn’t see it happening. The kids would mess up on songs, movements and dances to the point even the president and the principle of the school started to doubt. When it came down to show time, I can say the kids blew my mind away. Everything was on point with them, now obviously there were a few knit picks but then again that’s the picky side of me and I do have to remember that they are kids.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I week in Miami for me is pretty easy and adventurous. A trip to Ft Lauderdale is my ideal spot Laud by the Sea to be exact. It’s nice and lowkey and pretty chill. They have a few small pubs and restaurants on the pier that have great food and also live music. I tend to find myself enjoying laser light shows at the frost museum, stuffing my face with some food truck food out in Hollywood beach or even dancing in the crowd to various island music in random lounges out in Wynwood. When all else fails and Miami tend to have it “random” thunderstorm moments, you could never go wrong with just ordering food or making it and playing board games and card games with a group. Card games from Exploding Kittens to Coup and board games like Monopoly and Catan.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Camille Lundi aka my father. Everything I am as a musician, I owe it all to him. You see, he wanted to be a musician when he was young. He was learning the guitar until his mother(my grandma) ended up breaking it in fear he would play in clubs. When he moved to the states, he enrolled me in private lessons and has been coaching me since, He has been my biggest fan and harshest critique. He was actually the one who also pushed me to play in church. Ironically, he didn’t agree with me making music my full time job. In fact, he wanted me to do it as a hobby and join the medical field.
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