We had the good fortune of connecting with Delilah Brao and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Delilah, is there something you believe many others might not?
At one point or another, we’ve all been advised, “Don’t make a fool of yourself.” I was reading “The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle, and he was discussing that to be successful, you can’t be afraid of looking stupid. His example was pro hockey players, who at some point, had to get on the ice for the first time, and slip and fall. To live afraid of looking foolish is to live an “other-oriented” life, looking at yourself from the eyes of other people. You can’t follow your path with that distraction. You can’t stretch and grow in that arena. In the world of art and being a creator, you can’t produce novel or genuine work if it’s not true and revealing of that part of yourself that might be a little off-kilter, unconventional, strange or “foolish.” Vulnerability speaks to people in art, and being vulnerable makes you somewhat foolish. But whether or not we admit it, we’re all foolish in one way or another.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
This past year during quarantine, I wrote a ton of songs. I have started to move to the production phase for an upcoming project I’m really excited about. It’s definitely tough though because I write so much more than production could ever keep up with. I’m never quite sure what song will be the next one out. I’m not someone who can stick to a timeline like that because my art is constantly evolving. Quarantine definitely pushed me to grow more as an artist than I would have if I had the distractions of normal life. I absolutely cannot wait to release the project I am currently working on, but until then, you should stream my recent release “I Don’t Mind.”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I haven’t experienced LA very much outside of the pandemic, so I can only make really great Uber Eats and takeout recommendations! I’m vegan and some of my favorites restaurants are Crossroads, Sage, and Sugar Taco. You definitely do not need to be vegan to enjoy these places! I love going to Larchmont Village on the weekends. They have a fantastic farmer’s market on Sundays and the best strawberries you have ever tasted. My favorite coffee in LA is a vanilla oatmilk latte from Groundwork! But if you want something a little more kitschy, The Palm Coffee Bar in Burbank has a “Sweet Creature” Latte named after Harry Styles’s song by that name. It has rose petals and glitter and is definitely worth trying. I have been trying to shop more sustainably and LA has some of the best vintage and consignment shops. If you like vintage streetwear, definitely check out Chance Vintage. I own a few pieces from Chance but still don’t feel cool enough to wear them. 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’ve been very fortunate to get to know Dr. Susan Rogers both as a professor and as a mentor. Susan inspires me because she was at the forefront of women in music production. She has been instrumental to my growth as a musician- she has had the experience of producing and engineering for some of the world’s most talented artists like Prince and Barenaked Ladies, and her encouragement has meant a lot to me. I appreciate that I can always get her ears on a song in-the-making, and she can give me inspiring feedback. I’m very appreciative of Susan and the role she has played in my career.
Other: TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@delilahbrao?lang=en SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/mary-delilah-brao Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5dWRkpyqnoYDNouN02NDdk?si=589o97P6QuaYqszKlr8Gfg Amazon music: https://music.amazon.com/artists/B085NMYGF3/delilah-brao? Apple music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/delilah-brao/1502059102?mt=1&app=music&at=10luuP
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