We had the good fortune of connecting with Bryan Lazar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bryan, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I believe that we are all meant to be destined for something and I believe that my purpose was to be playing music. I don’t see myself giving up ever because it’s something that truly moves me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been playing music since I was about 10 or so I knew at a pretty young age that music would be heavily involved in my life one way or the other. I didn’t really start to write songs seriously until I’d say late high-school/early college but even then I didn’t think any of my material was good enough to be taken seriously. I think around 20 is when I started to become more confident in my songwriting ability so I’d say that’s one of the things I’ve become very proud of. I wouldn’t consider myself a great writer by any means but I do think at some point we have to try and overcome the fear of thinking “what if this isn’t good enough” and just let it all go.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a little biased but I always thought that if you’re going to live in LA, you should try and be at least 15 minutes away from a beach. I grew up in the greater Los Angeles area doing all the things a typical southern California kid would do- surfing, sports, etc. but along with music, surfing is something I try to do as much as I can. Although I was fairly athletic in my youth, that has sadly gone somewhat away as I’ve grown older. I don’t think I could call my buddies from high school up and play a quick football game without somebody actually hurting themselves, but with surfing I could be in my 60’s and still get out there and have a great time. So the beach, probably somewhere in Malibu or Manhattan Beach, is where I’d take anybody to show how great this place is.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shout out to my parents, Alan and Marian, my brothers, Adam and Daniel and my girl friend Laura. I don’t know where I would be if it weren’t for their support and unconditional love. My parents always supported me playing music ever since I started as a little kid and I could never say enough about how I owe everything to them. My brothers are definitely not as vocal with their support like my parents would be, but whenever I had a show, a new release or anything like that they would bring all of their friends, spread the word to their little corners of the world and I always really appreciated that. Maybe it’s a “guy-thing” but I feel like brothers have a harder time expressing their feelings for one another but their actions always spoke the loudest when it came to anything I released. And finally, my girl friend Laura. I met Laura over a year ago and my life has really never been the same since in the best of ways. She always has my best interest and never tries to get in the way anything music related because she knows it’s something I am adamant about. She’s also been basically the inspiration for all the sappy love songs that I’ve written in the last year or so and I wouldn’t change it any other way.
all images taken by Bryan Lazar