We had the good fortune of connecting with Destinie Lynn and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Destinie, how do you think about risk?
I think taking risks is necessary. Don’t get me wrong, I think those risks should be calculated haha, but without taking risks a lot of great things wouldn’t happen. Risk has played the role of a jump-start in my career. Every time I take a chance on something I’m propelled to see it through and really give it my all to try to ensure that it pays off. But I think ultimately my relationship with risk is a direct reflection of how much I trust myself; either how much I trust myself to figure things out and make it work when I’ve taken a risk, or how much I trust myself to be able to bounce back and recover if it doesn’t. Having that trust in yourself takes risk taking from being a nerve-racking anxiety inducing experience to being something that’s actually fun and exciting and invigorating.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a singer/songwriter and my music mostly works within the American roots tradition. I like to keep the music fairly simple and leave a lot of the complexity and nuance in the lyrics. My writing tends to be very introspective and deals a lot with love, loss, and mortality, so it can get pretty dark sometimes haha. But I think those themes have such an impact on our lives and how we experience the world that they’re always very fertile grounds to work with. I’m really excited about my next EP (which will be coming out in late 2022) because I’m continuing to explore those themes but from different angles and in a more in-depth and complex way than I have before.

This line of work definitely has it’s challenges but I think the hardest part was just making the decision to start, honestly. When I was younger I was very focused on academics and following a well laid out path. I liked being able to plan and predict, there was a certain comfort and reliability that came with that. My current career path doesn’t really afford me those things. There’s a lot of uncertainty and you have to be quick on your feet and open to continuously learning and evolving. So the hardest part for me was making the decision to walk away from what would have been a “safer” bet. But there was always a voice in the back of my head reminding me that this was ultimately not only what I wanted to do, but also would allow me to show up as the most authentic and fully aligned version of myself. It’s just such a huge part of who I am. So although making the decision to fully commit to following this path was hard, it is the best and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done and I’m so grateful that I listened to and honored that voice.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned along the way is super cliche but it’s so true: stay true to who you are. For example, being in LA where the music scene is very heavily pop influenced, it can be hard coming to the table with a folk or Americana song, you wonder if people will even be interested. But that’s just how the songs come out of me. I’ve learned to be grateful for that because it makes me stand out from the crowd. I’ve also found that the things that are most authentic and unfiltered are the things that end up connecting most with other people. What you do may not be for everyone but your people are out there and your work has a place with them.

I suppose I just want the world to know that I’m here to offer my music as a source of comfort, a tool for introspection, connection, meditation, or whatever people want or need to use it for, the same way that the music I love has offered so much comfort, solace and joy to me.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hmm. Well knowing me this would mainly be an eating tour. I’ve never been much of a partier but I’m always down to go get some food haha. This is all over the place but here it goes:

We’d probably start our day at Hilltop Cafe for coffee and breakfast almost everyday, so much good food and their lattes are delicious. We’d definitely check out The Last Bookstore downtown, then head to Griffith park for a picnic and read whatever we just bought from the bookstore. We’d think about hiking one of the trails but would ultimately decide against it. We’d do early drinks at Cana Rum Bar, then head to Bottega Louie for dinner and dessert. At some point I’d take them to 85 Degrees in Koreatown for their sea salt iced coffees and salted butter buns. As far as beaches we’d do Santa Monica pier for the scenery and to get on the ferris wheel, but for an actual beach day I prefer Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey. It’s a little quieter and more laid back. I’d take them to El Conchinito in Silverlake for some amazing Cuban sandwiches for lunch. We’d go see some intimate live music at Hotel Cafe a couple of nights. We’d hit up Johnny’s Pastrami on West Adams at some point. We’d have to make a trip to the Grove and check out the farmers market and do some shopping (including an obligatory stop into World Market). I’d take them to Cafe Figaro for lunch for some good people watching, and a stop into Skylight Books afterwards. We’d have a long stop at the Getty museum one afternoon and have dinner at Harold and Belle’s for a good NOLA style meal before they left. There’s so many more places but those are the first ones that pop into my head.

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’d like to dedicate my shoutout to all the American roots musicians who came before me that were never recognized or given the acknowledgement they deserved (whether that be because of their race, gender, class, etc.). Those musicians carried the tradition through the years by passing down so many beautiful songs through oral tradition and home-taught instrumentation, and left such a rich legacy of music behind for us to continue to explore and expand on.

On a personal note, I’d like to give a huge shoutout to my husband Adam for his unending love and support of me and my career. Thank you for being the most lovingly supportive partner and cheerleader I could ever ask for.

Website: https://www.destinielynn.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/destinielynnmusic/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Destinie-Lynn-945794302474839

Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCjAwvlwqwHwM2AHiik6oPdQ

Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/06s9YMqa9jvRYKKE2qrLrb?si=Hawfs9WaTyuazRks5P-pmA&dl_branch=1

Image Credits
Image 1, 5, & 7 – taken by Nikki Smith Image 4 – taken by Heather Watson

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