Forward Motion Records' Fernando Perdomo Leaving Miami for California

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In the summer of 2010, Fernando Perdomo vowed, "I'm Not Gonna Move to LA."

That was the defiant title of a song off his band's self-titled album, Dreaming in Stereo.

But last night, the singer, songwriter, producer, Forward Motion Records label founder, and tireless local music supporter announced via Facebook that he would indeed be leaving Miami for California. Just not Los Angeles.

"Major news.. with the sale of the Perdomo family house," he writes, "I am going to be moving .. I'm not gonna move to LA .. but I am gonna move to Reseda, CA (a suburb of LA)."



Like many Miami scene figures (e.g. Rachel Goodrich and Tristan Clopet), Perdomo has struggled with the limitations of the Miami scene for years. But he always kept the faith.

He gigged a ton around town as part of Dreaming in Stereo and The Joshua Stedman Band -- not to mention noise quartet The Emperor's New Clothes. He started his own Miami-focused label, even as the established record industry lay dying. And he endlessly advocated for organizations (such as the Miami Music Festival and the Florida Music Get-Together) that he considered beneficial to the cause of local music.

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Via facebook.com/fernandoperdomo

And yet Perdomo was often frustrated, maybe even left wondering, like Clopet, whether the Miami scene is a dead end.

On "I'm Not Gonna Move to LA," he spun that dissatisfaction into a refusal to abandon this city. "Sometimes I don't think I belong here/Everybody thinks that I'm weird/I don't make the music that Miami wants to hear," Perdomo sang. "But I'm not gonna change my location/Even if it kills me."

Evidently, though, he's come to a different conclusion now.

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Via facebook.com/fernandoperdomo

Over the last week, before officially announcing his move, Perdomo was obviously preparing for some kind of significant life shift. He suddenly chopped off his shaggy hair and trimmed his long beard. He cryptically quoted Tom Petty lyrics ("There's a freeway/Running though the yard") in reference to Reseda. And while hanging out on the West Coast over the weekend, he professed, "I love LA."

Still, Perdomo insists that he'll always remain a local guy to the core. "I love Miami with all my heart," he says, "and I hope everyone knows that I will now be [a] soldier [for] the scene and will find every possible way to make South Florida music global.. 305 till I die..."

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12 comments
Ncc-1138
Ncc-1138

Goodbye and good riddance ya douchy, bitter bastard....

Kk
Kk

new times once again delivering the breaking headlines of the miami music scene... please no one cares, and perdomo is a big fat phony. miami sucks and perdomo sucks. you all go fuck yourselves.

annonimosa
annonimosa

Yes, Fernando Perdomo will also leave behind a few broken hearts and wet panties! (what a great fuck!)

Dfgthdf
Dfgthdf

 to be a significant member of a city's music scene you first have to be liked by people. thats why hes moving.

outie
outie

Now maybe we dont have to read a new times blog about him every time he farts.

Scram
Scram

on his way out, how about writing a song called "I'm not gonna say stupid shit anymore."?now he can go hide in the suburbs of L.A. with the nazi war criminals and underachieving terrorists that want to disappear into society while somehow staying close to a major metropolitan area...miami didn't hate fernando just because he liked horrible music. anybody can do that. it's because he was clearly a phony and this move proves it.rather be a "biiiiiig fish in a smaaaaaal pond."... bye, dummy. 

Jota Dazza
Jota Dazza

I wish him the best. I had a chance to get toknow Fernando a bit better this year and although I do not always agree withhim on how to express the issues or even what are theissues facing the Miami musicscene I do believe he was a great supporter of local music even if it wasn’this own band. Did he like every band? Of course not, nobody does. But often times he applauded effortsfrom all kinds of bands and did an effort to shine some light on them. I alsothink he will continue to be a supporter of the MIA scene in LA which isfantastic and all bands that move to other states should follow suit on thisbecause after all bad or good this city is where you come from and it helpdefining your music and what you present on stage, and like every scene we haveour shortcomings but we also have a shitload of bands that are good and somevery cool people involved with arts in the 305. Anyways I hope he does great inLA and also that we stop caring less about who moves where and where is best toplay and focus more on making the best possible music we can make after all theroad and the studio are the natural environments of the musician. 

Family Man
Family Man

Why doesn't this article mention his 1 year old son he is leaving behind?

Disco Panties
Disco Panties

Fernando is technically a sound musician. But he is not about the local scene, Fernando is about the Fernando Scene. Yes Miami in music theatre and arts is a very hard town and there is not enough promotion for diversity. There is nothing wrong with moving to another town to move yourself ahead; however, there are people who are true to the Miami scene trying to break the reggaeton and Britto stereotypes. We as an artist community can not worry about one singular musician who is leaving this town as many other artists, actors, musicians, computer programmers, and other professionals do every day to further they're careers. Why not focus the energy put into this article towards the people who are working to make the local scene pop and not leaving it after proclaiming loyalties?

CommercialGOD
CommercialGOD

WE ARE GLAD HE IS MOVING TO LA! MIAMI WILL NOT MISS HIM!

Shhhhhh
Shhhhhh

There is good and bad in Fernando Perdomo. I think people lost a lot of respect for him recently. I mean, come on he has a song called "I'm Not Gonna Move to LA"!!! For so long he ranted about the Miami Music scene, about supporting local music (one day I saw him asleep at the back of a club while a local act was playing)  and still he leaves behind everything he so pridefully stood for. Surely, Miami will always be within him, but why now? This to me is that of a breakdown, a typical cry for attention. Perdomo was losing his steam! The music scene in Miami is not dead, it's just not right for Perdomo. His band Dreaming In Stereo has failed to do what he thought they would do. Instead he became one of Miami's most erratic, unstable and unprofessional musicians supplying us with either sleepy lullabies or an erratic stage presence visible in his surprisingly helpful addition to the Chris Alvy Band. They were the only good thing he had left here, and still he is leaving them too.We wish Fernando the best and hope he continues to find himself and who he is. To me he seems like a lost soul who although means well, has never seemed to captivate an audience the way he has wanted. Does he even know what he wants? The Miami music scene will thrive fine without him. In fact, the Miami scene now will probably begin to do better than ever! Every act will have to eventually move on out of Miami to find the fame and fortune every act wants! Next time just don't write songs you can't stand by... 

Jon
Jon

I will

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