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

Hi Gaby, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
In my opinion, some people are unaware that being successful in the music industry sometimes requires more than having outstanding talent. There are artists who contribute with incredible performances, entertaining charisma, great work ethic, being business savvy, or a combination of any of those, plus being in the right right place, at the right time, with the right people. Therefore, it can be frustrating for many artists to try to reach success when multiple things are at play but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t give it a try and create the art we desire. In my case, I focus on the joy that singing, songwriting, dancing and producing music videos brings me. It is really about collaboration with fellow talented artists what fulfills me and keeps me satisfied. I guess success is relative but I feel successful when I’m able to bring my own visions to life.

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.
Being an artist has always been a dream of mine. However, I didn’t grow up in a musical household or musically trained, so I found it hard to begin working on my music project when all I had was drive and my ideas. First, I made the decision to dedicate time and effort into educating myself on how to use my instrument which was my voice. Vocal lessons with Coreen Sheehan helped me learn about the voice and how to best take care of it. After that, I wanted to create my own sound and style, so I started experimenting with writing my own songs and it was terrifying not knowing if I was going in the right direction. With time, I felt more and more confident with every song I wrote. Collaborating with Ali Stone as my producer, has been a great experience because it allowed me to feel more comfortable expressing myself and what I wanted out of each song. The same happened with producing my own music videos. At first it was scary going into the unknown but it is incredible how collaborative people can be and how they are willing to help you when you are genuinely passionate about a project. Eventually, I learned that as long as you follow your instincts and really like the end result, that’s all that matters. If other people like what you do, that’s an enormous plus but first, it’s important that artists feel happy with their creations.
Currently, I’m happy to share that Ali and I released our very first collaboration as singers titled “Queendom” which talks about what the world would be like if it was led by women. It’s a female empowerment anthem in both English and Spanish that we worked on during Women’s History Month and we also produced a killer video all created by a team of women. It is so empowering to surround myself with talented young women who love what they do. I think we have so much untapped art to offer. This has been so far my favorite project!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to museums like the Grammy museum, the Academy museum, the Getty and LACMA. We could spend a day at the beach, go on a hike, eat at the downtown market place, enjoy a relaxing day at a Korean spa, Sunday at the Melrose flea market, paddle boarding in Marina del Rey, visit the arts district, Lake Shrine, and try restaurants around town.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to Ali Stone, who has worked with me as a producer, songwriter, singer and I’m now proud to call my friend. She has helped me execute my songs and has been an instrumental part of my music project. Thank you, Ali, for your friendship and for sharing your talents with me 🙂 Another shoutout I’d like to make is to my vocal coach Coreen Sheehan. She has been by my side since I decided to start this project and helped me find my voice. Taking lessons with Coreen has shown me that with dedication and patience, we can achieve goals and feel proud of them.

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/gabylagarda

Image Credits
Jose Rodriguez and Alex Kostich

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