Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Leigh Mohyla.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in a family of performers – whether it was harmonizing with my dad and brother in the car, or singing the National Anthem at a baseball game, or singing in the school choir – we were always ready to be front and center. My dad tells me I was tone deaf until I was about 10, which was devastating to him at the time, but all the more exciting when he finally heard me singing a Petula Clark song in the right key from the back seat of his car. I ended up joining every choir I could in school, taking voice lessons weekly, and eventually studying vocal performance at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
I grew up in the suburbs of DC, always wanting to live in LA even before I realized my musical dreams, but ended up in the music scenes in Philly and Nashville before I finally made the big move to the west coast. I found my love of songwriting my first year of college, I got a cheap guitar and taught myself how to play by learning about five chords and practicing with any pop song that had any of those five chords in them over and over and over. Then I started writing my own pop songs with those handful of chords, and I haven’t stopped since. (Although I have learned a few more chords since then haha)
Since being in LA, I’ve recorded my debut EP (currently unreleased), filmed a few music videos, played a few shows, and finally found my little circle of collaborators and friends. Those collaborators and friends and I have dove into the world of sync licensing head first and have started our own licensing company twoOHsix Music, which is a dream come true – doing what you love with your friends.
I feel like I still have so much more to learn and explore and experience not only as an artist but also in my other music endeavors, as well.
Has it been a smooth road?
I’m not sure you’ll find anyone who hasn’t had some bumps in the road, to some degree!
I’ve had the typical, “So what’s your plan B?” and “You’re going to school for singing? How are you going to make a living?” type nay-sayers anyone pursuing a creative career has experienced. The people from your hometown who can’t imagine straying from the stereotype they’ve been told they have to fit into since day 1. My answers are always “I don’t have a plan B,” and “Yep, I’ll make it work!” because that’s the truth. I had a day job here in LA for the first four years (actually just quit a few weeks ago and it was definitely a top 10 feeling) and trying to juggle a full time 9-5 with fully pursuing a music career is anything but easy. While I was recording my EP, I’d go to work from 9-5 to the studio from 6-2, then go home, sleep for a few hours, then do the whole thing all over again for months. Whether it was playing shows, going to co-writes, recording, or even just admin stuff, I had two full-time jobs for majority of my life – office job 9-5, music at nights and on the weekends.
As hard as it was, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Goes along with the “I don’t have a plan B” thing. You gotta do what you gotta do!
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As an artist, I’m a pop singer/songwriter. In this world, I go by Leigh. There’s no roadmap for being an indie artist, so I’m just trying to balance what I think I should do based on external pressures and what feels right. I’ve learned over the last few years how much more the latter matters. Sure, growing your Instagram audience seems important, but if you’re not having fun with posting on social media, what’s even the point?? Authenticity is so much more important to me than likes and followers, so if my authentic posts and songs only reach even a few people that they can resonate with, then I’m happy.
As far as twoOHsix Music is concerned, we’re a music licensing company. We’ve just started out, figuring out the ropes of owning our own business in this way (since all of us are just used to running our own businesses – as ourselves as artists) but we’re all so excited for the future. I think what sets us apart is that we are all artists, all different in one way or another from each other, and we have an understanding based on experiences being artists that I think some other licensing companies may not have. At the end of the day, we just want to make good music and help music supervisors and advertisers find the right music for their projects.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I think my main ‘like’ and ‘dislike’ for this city go hand in hand. LA is a great place for finding opportunity if you’re willing to go and put yourself out there. That’s why we’re all here! On the flip side, there are a lot of people here who don’t have the best intentions and will take advantage of you in any way they can. You’ve gotta get a thick skin very quickly out here and learn to follow your gut (or find someone you can trust who has a good gut instinct if you don’t)!
Aren’t you glad I didn’t say my ‘like’ is the weather and my ‘dislike’ is the traffic?
- Website: www.itsleighmusic.com & www.twoohsixmusic.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/itsleighmusic & www.instagram.com/twoohsixmusic