Today we’d like to introduce you to singer/ songwriter, Lauren Salvo, better known as Salvo.
Lauren, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started out singing classically in grade school (I’m originally from West Chester, PA) and later went to Temple U for operatic studies. Shortly after I graduated, realized I didn’t want to spend my whole life singing in a church or teaching voice lessons, and so then a little discouraged, took a year maybe two off from music completely, to do some soul searching. I was asked randomly to do some singing for a cover band and then my passion for pop and EDM music really flourished. I started honing and sharpening my songwriting skills writing with an R&B/Pop group after that and realized I LOVED being in the studio and creating sounds and writing toplines. A year or two after that, I released my first solo EP under my previous artist name, Lauren Salvo, and moved out to Los Angeles to be surrounded by like-minded people. I’ve been recording and producing my own vocals ever since and now, I work with artists and songwriters all over the world!
Has it been a smooth road?
HELL NO. Haha, I think one of the hardest times I had was moving away from my family in Pennsylvania to pursue my vision. My family and I are VERY close. Big Italian family. So, the move to LA itself was exciting and fun. I enjoyed settling in a new city that was more my speed and inspiring to me, but I remember one day, I sitting on my bed in my new apartment with all my new IKEA furniture. Everything in its place, ready to take on the world. I looked around and thought to myself, did I just make a huge mistake? What if I have to move back? I’m going to miss everything that happens back home in my “old life” all my friends all my family. What if I can’t do it? But as I stuck it out and built my own little “LA family” things got a lot easier. And I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without moving. And I don’t mind traveling! I visit probably twice or three times a year. And of course, that whole experience made for a great couple of songs, LOL.
Please tell us more about your story, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
So, I run a little recording studio in Silverlake where I produce vocals and write toplines (the lyrics and vocal melodies) for other artists and myself. My clients are mostly DJs and artists in the EDM realm who are looking for vocals on their instrumentals to either release on labels or pitch to bigger artists for placements. I also work closely with a vocals label based in Amsterdam called Vocal Kitchen. The best way to explain what I do is to say that I’m that girl who sings on all the DJs music. So, most of the time (actually all of the time as of right now), my releases are either Salvo and whoever or ft. Salvo. It’s really cool because I get to work with a lot of sub-genres of pop and EDM and there’s always something fresh and new in my inbox. I really love working with melodic trap and future bass sounds the most though.
I’m really most proud of the growth I’ve seen in the past two years. “Salvo” my original project, which I started in the summer of 2017, has had a lot of features with some great acts and every track I put out I love more than the last one!
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles is a VERY GOOD place to be for what I do. Tons of studios are available and practice spaces. There are always artists coming to visit and write, and anytime someone comes to the USA internationally it’s usually to Los Angeles. I mean come on the weather is great. 🙂
One thing I WOULD say is only move to Los Angeles once you’re absolutely ready to or have the need to. It can be more cost-efficient to grow a bit in a smaller city or your hometown beforehand. Get your game plan right and then come out because Los Angeles is NOT CHEAP. You don’t want to be stuck in a “side hustle”, like waiting tables or bartending, that accidentally becomes your main hustle because of bills and how hard it can be to break into the industry (I dodged that bullet thankfully).
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