We had the good fortune of connecting with Alianna Perez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alianna, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success is broken into 3 parts: a growth mindset, self-accountability, and a genuine heart. I am always eager to learn new things, expand my knowledge, and tap into others’ knowledge and thought processes. I put what I learn into practice, hold myself responsible for creating good habits, and hold myself accountable if I fall short of my goals. I approach my relationships with a genuine heart by building trust, showing support, and giving the same respect that I want to receive. These three keys not only keep my productivity up and grow my skills; they also allow me to create a brand that attracts other genuine humans and open up doors for more opportunities.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My music reflects my perception of this reality, and highlights pivotal stories along my journey. You may hear some gushy love songs, maybe some tomboy swag songs…I typically make fusions of 90’s r&b lullabies with soulful melody raps. I am most excited to release my 2021 project — a progressive album, where I’ll be sequentially releasing music that dips into a more raw side of my work. I’ll be releasing my first song, ‘Short Time’ with mistakeboi on January 1st. Super excited for that! A bit about my story… Music and performing have been a huge part of my life since childhood — even though I tried to abandon music in college and pursue a science degree, music still ended up creeping its way back into my life. So I dropped out after one year and moved to LA to pursue my dreams — long story short, I was a kid getting a crash course on adulthood. I was moving from job to job, sleeping on couches, floors, in my car, you name it. But I never stopped trying to get better at my music. I decided that this was my path and I was committing to it. No matter where I was, I had my equipment with me and was always making songs, always practicing my singing and developing my style, always trying to get better. I eventually landed myself a scholarship at 1500 Sound Academy in 2019, where I began to truly level up in my craft. Following my graduation, and at the start of COVID-19, I moved back into my parents’ house in St. Petersburg, FL. Since then, live performances/gigs have been pretty scarce, but I built a studio in my bedroom and now work full-time on music from the comfort of my home while also working full-time at a medical dispensary. To say the least, I’ve come a long way in the past 5 years. I am still on my journey to greatness, but if there’s anything to take away from my story, it’s the value of resilience. I never would have become as strong as I am now without pushing myself to my absolute limit to overcome challenges, and I’ve learned many valuable lessons because of them. I have had many losses, but those just set you up to win next time. I represent the underdog that became a champion. Watch what hard work does.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles has a ton of hidden gems around the city! If my friend came to visit, I would first take them to a dispensary, cause YEAH 420 WOO. But to name a couple of my favorite spots: Eating: – MessHall in Los Feliz – that was my first job when I moved to LA, and I still eat there to this day because their food never disappoints. (american gastropub) – One of the many Taco Trucks located on street corners – best drunk food – Sweet Butter Kitchen – best pancakes and breakfast sandwiches – Roscoe’s – the BEST chicken & waffles you EVER HAD – SushiStop – the most affordable and delicious sushi you ever had – Bourgeois Pig – unique cafe with study spots, a pool table, and an enchanted back room Thing to do for fun: – Hike at Bronson Canyon – medium difficulty – Skate at Venice Beach/Santa Monica Beach – Explore DTLA (particularly Little Tokyo, the Arts District & the Fashion District) – Shop at the unique & pop-up shops on Melrose & Fairfax — or hit up Buffalo Exchange – Drink at The Standard (rooftop bar & pool in DTLA) – Attend an Aim 4 The Heart workshop (local artist community)
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I attribute much of my growth as a songwriter, producer, businessperson, and all-around human to my mentors at 1500 Sound Academy, located in Inglewood, CA. I was given a full scholarship to study under them for the entirety of 2019, and also had the privilege of being one of their first official students. It was a life-changing experience. So a huge shoutout to them!
Marissa Jennings, Alianna, Gibran Lozano