We had the good fortune of connecting with Dahlia Lagos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dahlia, how do you think about risk?
As an artist, songwriter, and producer, risk-taking is imperative. My career wouldn’t be where it is had I not taken the risk to learn new skills, throw myself into new projects, and really challenge myself. It’s easy to judge others from the sidelines, but growth happens in the messy parts of life and the scary moments.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a Colombian American artist, songwriter, and producer. I write and sing in both Spanish and English and work in various genres for other artists. My journey has included writing and producing music for TV shows like VIDA, Katy Keene, and a few Viacom shows. My solo project, however, is what I’m most passionate about. I’m currently in the studio with some incredible writers and producers in both LA and NY, and hopefully, it will be released soon. It’s really invigorating to work on music that I’m co-producing and cowriting. The statistics around female songwriters and producers is staggeringly low and has not changed in many years. Nevertheless, I’m excited to be a part of those numbers and a part of the change. It hasn’t been easy, but I’m ecstatic to be working on music that I’m proud of, with people who really value what I do and want to help crystallize the vision I have for myself and my career. The biggest lesson has been to continue working hard and to be patient. At the end of the day, if the music is undeniable, it will ultimately speak louder than executives, industry stereotypes and break industry norms.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I hold a deep love and respect for Chefs, cuisine, and all things delicious, so a healthy list of restaurants is a must. Bestia, Mozza, Larchmont’s Village Pizzeria, Night + Market, Gjelina, and few taco trucks would take precedent. I would also take a bestie to Super Soul Monday feat. Jason Joseph for live music, the band is incredible, and you might catch some awesome musicians such as John Mayer or Natasha Bedingfield hopping on stage. To unwind, I’d also take them out to the beach, drive through the canyon, and see all the pretty houses.
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 love this question – it’s often overlooked, and it’s so important to recognize and acknowledge that we didn’t get there on our own. I’m successful because of the people who came before me, the people who walked this path with me, and those coming up after me. Some of the most notable people are my family. They’ve fielded frantic calls, sad or disappointing FaceTimes, and have celebrated my every win, be it small or large. Another person who has really championed me is my good friend and collaborator, Rami Samir Afuni, as well as Moises Zulaica.
As far as books go- I’m an avid reader, podcast listener and really believe in the power and importance of personal development. Here are some of my favorites:
– Brene Brown, Daring Greatly
– Kristin Neff, Ph.D., Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
– Oprah Winfrey, What I Know For Sure
– Steven Pressfield – The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
– Tony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within
– Earl Nightingale – The Strangest Secret
– Napoleon Hill- Think & Grow Rich
– The Tim Ferris Show
– Unlocking Us by Brene Brown
– Where Should We Begin – Esther Perel
– The Tony Robbins Podcast
– And any true-crime podcast to keep me grounded in reality. 🙂
Photos at New Monkey Studios, courtesy of Grant Terzakis (Photographer.) Melissa Prieskorn (Photographer).