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Meet Liliana Mae

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liliana Mae.

Liliana, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I can recall finding my passion for music by sitting on my mom’s shoulders watching my dad perform on stage with his band at, quite possibly, the only all-ages show they ever played. I started writing songs when I was little. They weren’t formal songs, but melodies here and there or long ramblings that I would sing. When I learned piano, it became a key element to my sound. I went to an arts magnet middle school, which allowed me to explore who I wanted to be as an artist at an early age. I started playing with Garageband my senior year of high school and ended up teaching myself how to produce music. This led to the release of my first single, “Take Me In”, in January of 2019, which was completely written and produced by myself. Following was my six songs EP “What Makes You Feel Safe?” which was co-produced with other extremely talented musicians. I decided to enroll in the Musicians Institute a year after my EP released to continue to grow my identity as an artist and my sound. I am currently in the Independent Artist Program and keeping myself busy with working on a new EP and collaborating with other artists.

Has it been a smooth road?
I don’t think being an artist is ever a smooth road. Whether it’s with self-conflict or external, you have to find ways to grow through your experiences. Music was how I learned to cope and sharing that with the world was scary at first. I didn’t want other people to know what I felt constantly, but music was my strongest outlet for self-expression. I wanted to take every opportunity I had to learn how to make music in a way that translated perfectly from my head to the sounds going through my ears. It’s something where if you aren’t learning how to make it, you’re learning something about yourself or the world. It’s constant evolution. Being open to change hasn’t always been easy but necessary.

Furthermore, as a woman artist I find that navigating the music industry is challenging at times. Myself and other women artists have often discussed the pressure to be “beautiful” in the industry, but not so much so that it distracts from your focus. The lack of respect for women in the industry effects opportunities and activities that men would not face. This is why I think it is so important to empower, uplift, and support other women who are sharing similar experiences.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am a Singer/Songwriter and producer exploring the sounds of Alternative Pop RnB. I am drawn to simple, but melodic instrumentals paired with vulnerable lyrics and tender melodies. I would describe my music as similar to a cross between Erykah Badu and Lana Del Rey. Although I love outside input and collaboration, I write and produce the majority of my music by myself. Being able to play keys has really allowed me to experiment with production beyond what I thought I was capable of creating.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
It is corny to say that I love the warm weather, but coming from Portland, I appreciate the sun. I love how outgoing people are and how free you can feel expressing yourself openly here. I find that there are so many opportunities to share your art and I love being able to connect with people through that. There is also a lot to learn, and I think this is the perfect place to do that.

I don’t think I dislike anything about LA yet… I haven’t quite gotten over the fact that I live here and it is something that I have been wanting to do from a very young age so the negatives haven’t settled.

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