We had the good fortune of connecting with Dario Forzato and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dario, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
Well, I’d definitely say moving to Los Angeles from Milan, Italy. That decision changed completely my career arc and it allowed me to eventually pursuit my real passion, even if it took a few years following different routes. I came here to LA after 5 years working as a touring musician back in Italy and I was looking for a new challenge. My goal was to establish myself as a musician in the US and eventually to become a composer for visual media. I knew the task wasn’t an easy one since the competition and talent pool here in Los Angeles are insane: you find all these talented musicians on every corner. That’s when I realized that, in order to make it in this town, I had to outwork everybody else. And that worked out: first I toured multiple times across the US for a few years and then I successfully transitioned into writing music for visuals, both as myself and through my music production company Evoq Music.
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.
It wasn’t easy at all, but the struggle is part of the payoff. You make mistakes, you take the wrong path or spend time with the wrong people, but at the end of the day it’s all part of the journey and – if you stay focused – you’ll have good chances of succeeding. But only if you work hard enough, that is what I have learned along the way. That and to always try to evolve and learn how to further yourself and your craft. For example, I really love writing and recording music, it gives me an immense pleasure, even if it mainly means sitting in front of a computer or a microphone most of the day, and I always strive to do the best I can and to become a better composer and professional in general. It’s the long-term process that fulfills me. In addition – I don’t know if it sets me apart from others – but something that I really enjoy about my job is the collaborative aspect: getting to work with directors, producers, editors, or other musicians is something I couldn’t do without.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I think one of the most unique things about Los Angeles are the wonderful hikes you can do around town, like Temescal and Runyon Canyon or Will Rodgers Park. Then obviously there is the beach, and my favorite spots are Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach, but El Pescador or Laguna Beach in OC are fantastic too. I would definitely send them to the Getty Center and The Broad, or to listen to a concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. As far as restaurants there are so many fantastic ones here in LA, but my favorites are Terra, Locanda Positano, or pretty much any restaurant on Sawtelle. Alright, so let’s jump right in! 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 a person, group, organization, book, etc. that you want to dedicate your shoutout to? Who else deserves a little credit and recognition in your story?
That’s a really good question actually, because it made me realize that there is a book that drastically changed the way I approach things, especially in a work environment. Before this question I probably even underestimated how much it profoundly impacted me, but this book – combined with the mindset I was acquiring at the time – was a game changer for me: I would like to give a shoutout to “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect” by John C. Maxwell. It allowed me to understand a lot of things about myself and how I was interacting with people, especially the ones I didn’t know. And since networking is such an important part of my job, that book gave me a lot to think about – literally. I remember looking at any relationship in a completely new way. That also taught me that some skills are natural, other are acquirable, you just need to find your weak spots and work on them.
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