Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Escude.
From technology to artistry to production to show design to wellness, there are few people who understand the complete spectrum of the music industry. Laura Escudé is one of these rare individuals.
Based in Los Angeles, Escudé is an artist, innovator, entrepreneur and live show designer with a deep understanding of complex technology, a profound passion for music and art and a unique talent for fusing the two. Career highlights include designing shows for Kanye West and Jay Z, opening for Miguel on his 2015 Wildheart tour and building a thriving international business populated by top-tier professionals.
But while Escudé’s life and work are dynamic, her ultimate goal is simply to inspire.
As an artist, Escudé executes this mission through music. She’s released myriad albums, singles and EPs under the name Alluxe, synthesizing her skills as a classically trained violinist and her prowess as an avant-garde electronic producer. Now making music under her own name, Escudé recently released the Transmute EP, her most intimate work to date, capturing the sound and feel of a woman who’s examined the darkest parts of herself and come out the other end transformed. Escudé’s live performances are known for their sleek futuristic style and the raw emotion she elicits from her musical machines. She’s done official remixes for artists including M83 and Polica, with her violin playing featured on albums by Big Grams, Kanye West and Jay Z and many more.
Technology is a second language for Escudé, who in 2008 became the world’s first Ableton Certified Trainer. In 2012 she founded Electronic Creatives, using her skills to hire and train programmers and playback engineers for artists including Logic, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Big Sean, Charli XCX and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The company has become a worldwide leader in the field, with Escudé now leading a staff of 15.
These creative applications of technology have made Escudé one of the world’s most in-demand live show designers. She’s brought massive productions to life for artists including Kanye West, Jay Z, Bon Iver, Missy Elliot, Herbie Hancock and television megabrand American Idol. Escudé toured extensively with these shows, collaborating with artists to create fresh, thrilling experiences for audiences worldwide.
It was while on tour that Escudé learned the challenges of staying healthy on the road. In 2016, tour burnout landed her in the hospital. She was exhausted, stressed and not sure how to get better. It was a low point that forced Escudé to take a break from work and focus on her health. This physical, mental, emotional and spiritual process involved letting go of unproductive habits and thought patterns, facing her fears and giving up everything – alcohol, touring, toxic people – that didn’t serve her. Escudé was soon not just better, but for the first time in her life truly thriving.
The experience inspired Escudé to help others, particularly live performers, optimize their own health and well-being. In 2017, she launched the Transmute Retreat, a week-long workshop incorporating yoga, meditation, nature, live performance workshops and community performances. In 2019 she launched her Transmute Accelerator online course to help artists accelerate their live performances using technology as well as her Elevate Membership, geared towards ninjas pushing boundaries in live performance.
With all she’s achieved in the realms of music and technology, it’s clear why Escudé has been called “the best in the world at this job.” But despite her many accomplishments, Escudé feels like she’s just getting started and only getting better.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I create and perform what I call “future classical” music, inspired by my lifetime of playing classical violin with my 20 years of raving and loving and producing futuristic electronic music. I am constantly searching for new ways to “transmute” myself and my life and I have created several programs under the name Transmute to signify shifting from one form to a higher form. These transformational experiences are for artists to elevate their live performances and find joy in their work while also making more money doing it!
What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
I love building a supportive community of passionate artists who can help each other grow, learn and change. If you aren’t feeling supported, the first place to start is by joining a group online, and then learn about local happenings through those groups. A good way to meet people is by sharing knowledge.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Website – www.lauraescude.com
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/lauraescude
Instagram – www.instagram.com/lauraescude
Facebook – www.facebook.com/lauraescude
Spotify Playlist – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/450aC36BuT7UjNkDYSms6k?si=2ukY64TFRA-2i78rSHdiOA
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