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Meet Lucy LaForge of Lucy & La Mer in Echo Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lucy LaForge.

Lucy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always loved writing. I started with fiction and poetry and slowly began adding music to the words. Songwriting began as a way to express myself and turned into an unbelievable career.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The life of a musician is not as glamorous as many people envision. It takes grit. You’re hustling 24/7 just to play shows that don’t even pay half the time. In fact, when you’re first starting, you’re the one paying your band members our of pocket. Venues negotiate further down the road once you’ve made enough of a name for yourself.

Especially in Los Angeles where the market is saturated, you have to love performing for the sake of performing. You will get paid eventually, but there’s a lot of free shows and “good exposure” payments along the way. Having the funding to promote your events, create music videos, and invest in merch is just as important for a new musician/artist as it is for a start-up company.

Please tell us about Lucy & La Mer.
We’re a folk-pop band that loves to interact with our community through our performances and events. We’re very proud of the environment we create at shows and we try to break the mold of the typical LA band show (where an audience, not dancing and half-enthused, watches a friend’s band and then leaves right after).

We love creating charity shows and fundraisers for local causes and team up with like-minded artists who are active in the community. We involve raffles, games, dancing challenges and local businesses. It’s easy to see live music every night in LA, so we like to make each show a uniquely positive experience.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Singing songs with my family around campfires. Still something we continue to do, but it’s one of the first things I remember from early summers.

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