We had the good fortune of connecting with Luca Zadra and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Luca, why did you pursue a creative career?
It may sound cheesy but it’s a simple, primal impulse that pushes us creatives to pursue art as a career. I think I speak for a lot of creatives out there when I say that I simply didn’t see myself doing anything else. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have hobbies and passions outside of music – I have loads – but when it came to what I wanted to build my life on there was just no other path in sight. Doing music for a living is the single most-fulfilling act there is and, even among all the struggle and self-doubt that came with that decision, I stuck with it because it was the one feeling that didn’t need to be chased or cultivated.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
There’s a lot I’m proud of and yet nothing at all. I’m forever a student (s/o to Prizzie) and with each milestone I think I achieve I see the next one on the horizon. When you’re passionate about something you keep doing it, you never really stop to look at what you’ve done. That’s drive. There’re several factors that led me here today, professionally-speaking, but they’re essentially a solid combination of passion and drive, a sprinkle of luck and a LOT of surrounding myself with people that make me grow, people that feed into my passion the way I feed into theirs. Pursuing a career in the arts & entertainment is never easy but even through the hard times, the self-doubt and the moments where you come dangerously close to giving up, the spark that first got you excited about all this comes back. Then you wake up the next day, get to work on your craft and forget about your fears and doubts. I realise I make it sound somewhat unglamorous but in reality it’s just a few tough moments in what is overall a naturally easy path to follow. Achieving success may be hard but finding the motivation to go get it isn’t, it pours out of you so effortlessly it just makes sense. Like I said before, though, there are things that you need to do in order to prosper and collect the fruits of your passion and it comes down to the people you surround yourself with. I stick to people that want to see me win and people that want to win with me. I want my people to win and I want to win with them. It’s the only way we can go up: we pour out ideas and we get other ideas back and we keep stacking and stacking and building and building…

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Oh man, I don’t think I’d spend much time in the city… to me the best things about LA are all outside and around LA and that’s absolutely NOT a jab at this amazing city. I’d have us start with the Santa Monica Mountains, maybe hike up Sandstone Peak, get Malibu Seafood once back down, work our way through Mulholland Drive to Glendale for Porto’s pastries, then down to Leo’s Taco Truck (gotta have tacos in LA), follow it with a hike to the top of Mt Baldy then leave the area to go stargaze at night in Anza-Borrego… there aren’t enough hours in a day!!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
It all starts with my parents. They supported me in all sorts of ways since I was 12 and first asked for a guitar all the way to letting me start this wild adventure in the US. Can’t do a shoutout without shouting out your parents. Another person is my mentor Andre, who got me started down the production and engineering path, opened the doors of his studio to me and quite literally led me to Berklee College of Music. Where I’m at currently, I owe to a huge amount of people but at the moment I feel particularly inclined to showing love to my Imrie family (you know who you are) and Colin and Diana McDowell, who I consider family at this point and are my greatest support in California. Last but not least, shoutout to Naashi for standing by me and dealing with my odd hours and late nights since our Boston days.

Instagram: @lucaliptus

Image Credits
Naashi Colin McDowell Megan Chase Alissa Faratro Markl Tristan Simone

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