TEFRONDON’s diverse mixes transport your ears to an atmospheric playground. Floating on clouds and nursing your children to sleep, he offers chill vibes that one can simply mellow out to. From Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, TEFRONDON (Ron Baldoza), is a multitalented individual. Graphic designer, Momentum Clothing employee, and first and foremost a DJ, he grabs his influences from a variety of genres and DJ’s–most notably a group from California called Soulection.
What do you want to say about your artistic endeavours so far?
I would say that it’s definitely helped me gain experience and connect with so many people. DJ’ing has opened so many doors for me from having my own DJ nights at Flint Saloon (S/O Brennan Elliott) to flying to Toronto and Hamburg this year (S/O TrifectaYQR, DGS Samurai Champs). I would have never thought music could get me to where I’m at now; it’s amazing!
Why did you want to get a creative education anyways?
The computer science program I was initially going to take was just not for me. One, because I wasn’t that great at math, and two, because I couldn’t see myself working at a company that created software and all that. Nothing against my friends that took computer science, but I would lose my mind if I did! Looking back at my high school transcript, I took a bunch of art/creative classes from photography to animation to drama. At that point I knew I wanted to do something in the creative field. I’ve been already fooling around with Photoshop and video editing, so why not pursue something that I truly enjoy doing? That’s what I did!
What kind of person do you have to be to pursue an artistic driven profession?
You have to be open-minded, be yourself, and have the will to always learn.
What is the biggest pain in the ass in pursuing something creative as a career?
When people don’t know what your worth is. The worst is when people ask for a logo or a flyer design and complain that your pricing is out of their range. They should understand that a lot of time, thought and complexity went into the design. I didn’t just go into Microsoft Paint and whip up a simple design! So much more to it! As for DJ’ing, if the music brings in a very large crowd and drinks are flowing, DJ’s should be taken care of and compensated immensely. Not to sound greedy, but bars have to take into consideration that the DJ's seriously play a huge part in the business and they need to give credit where it's due.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
The best advice I’ve been given is to experience everything while you’re young. Whatever opportunity’s worth taking is to just do it because there’s going to be a point in time where it’s time to settle down and you wouldn’t be able to do whatever you want. So make sure to make the most of your youth!
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