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Meet Makayla Meador of Dear Evergreen in Echo Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Makayla Meador.

Makayla, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have been playing music all my life. Growing up in Eugene, Oregon I wrote my own songs, sang in choir, and played in several bands. When I was 14, I was introduced to electronic music and after dropping out of college in 2015 I started producing. The real “aha” moment came on New Year of 2015 when I realized that electronic shows are my happy place and that I could spend every day at one if I became a producer/DJ. Within the following year, I released my first song, began creating weekly mixes for the radio station 104.7 KDUK, and played at the Mad Decent Block Party. Between 2016 and 2017, I continued to play shows all over the northwest and continued producing my own tracks. In the Spring of 2018, after my mother passed away, I made the decision to move to Los Angeles to attend ICON Collective Music Production School. I finished ICON in June of 2019, and have been playing shows, producing tracks, and writing vocal features ever since.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I don’t believe following your dreams is a smooth road for anyone. Every day I am creating my own path. Learning how to adapt and thrive in any circumstance has been critical. Aside from my family’s initial doubt, being a minor for three years of my career, men in the industry trying to manipulate me into sleeping with them, etc., the only time I’ve been severely stunted by an obstacle was when my mom passed away in September 2017. I lost track of everything I wanted in life and found myself trapped in a suffocating depression. Even though I saw no way out, I continued pushing and believing there was a light at the end of the tunnel. With the support and love from those around me and my unwavering belief in a bright future, I made the decision to move to Los Angeles. Life hasn’t been all butterflies and rainbows since then, but it was definitely the best decision I could have made.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an electronic music producer, vocalist, and DJ, versed in Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Rekordbox, Serato, and Traktor. Aside from producing my own tracks, I also teach music production lessons, share copyright/royalty-free full-length toplines bi-weekly on my Patreon, collaborate with other artists, and DJ regularly. My songs are a blend of vocal-driven indie electronica and future bass. Although my sound is ever evolving, I am proud to have found a niche that is unique to me.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Honestly, I don’t believe in luck. Everything that has landed in my lap over the years has been because I’ve positioned myself to receive it. The more in line with my passion that I’ve become, the more has arrived at my doorstep. It’s difficult to explain, but I just know that if you focus on things that bring you joy, more joy will manifest. I am incredibly grateful to have met the people that make up my community, and for the unbelievable opportunities I’ve had, but I don’t believe it’s because I’m “lucky.”

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Phillip Quinn, Greg Ayala

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