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

Hi Lara, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Well, ever since I can remember.. Art has always been so incredibly important to me. If I’m being frank with you– it’s been a form of survival. Throughout the years, as I have grown.. music has grown with me.. I always knew this was my path, that I had found something for me at such a young age.. I’ve always been so passionate about it and felt like I had good insight from personal experiences and being a wallflower.. I could never picture myself doing anything else and that’s how I knew. So whatever hardships I’ve had to endure and whatever may be on the horizon. I’m in it for the long run.

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.
My style of music is orchestral- Pop/alternative. I write vintage orchestral pieces and morph them with guitars, bass, drums.. you name it. Now, I don’t physically play an instrument.. and I actually dont read music either. But my ear is very unique and I can hear everything in my head.. So when I’m writing instruments I write them by singing the melodies for each one and then someone will physically play the instruments following what im singing. That’s ultimately been how I created my upcoming EP. Im very proud of my latest work. It took a very long time to find the right people to help execute the concept.. lots of trial and error but the end result was very beautiful. It was created with a small team and a lot of love and passion for it.. so as an artist that’s all I can really hope for.. I’ve dabbled in a lot of different genres, and have done a ton of different projects.. tons of work that will never seen light of day. I’ve sat in writer’s rooms with pressure of writing a full hit song in 20 minutes with people constantly coming into the room to see what I’ve come up with. I’ve dealt with the crème de la crème of crappy people. False promises, misogyny, flakes, etc. I’ve been told “No” more times than I can count and I’ve been told that what i’m doing now isn’t going to work. But as the saying goes: ” The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. it’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances.” Thats just a bit of it.. but you get the gist. No one said it was going to be easy and whatever may be thrown your way you just gotta deal with it as best as you can. Some things will break your heart.. but in creating good songs.. much of it comes from experience. I feel that I wouldn’t have been able to create my latest music without what I’ve been through. So although it was extremely tough its been one hell of a character builder. I’ve learned to silence the noise. Really trust my intuition. Create what I want to create. My biggest wish is to really connect with people on a deeper level. Theres been artists and songs throughout my life that I’ve deeply connected with.. maybe because it felt raw, honest.. I hope to be that for someone. I can’t wait to release more music and videos soon. I am excited to eventually play live and really connect with people face to face. I’ve started a podcast called “A world of Wonder” that will be live in the spring time that’s about art, poetry, the creative process and connecting with fellow artist. Ive always said that I didn’t want to create music that was escapism.. but rather music that made you think about who you are, who you wanna be, and where you wanna go.

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 really love the Silverlake/ Echo Park area.. lots of local gems! I would definitely recommend going to  Cosmic Vinyl to snag some coffee and checking out their records and then heading  next door to Wilder Los Angeles x Black Leaf DTLA  for stunning fresh flowers and beautiful vintage goods and clothing. Check out a scenic hike in Griffith Park or Malibu..   For some Wellness Therapy go to  Spacebar Wellness located in Pasadena for some  Float tank therapy, saunas, red light, massages, cupping! Then snag a açaí Bowl in their Front Cafe: The Fit bar Superfood Cafe. Dinner, brunch, or drinks at Lady Byrd. Pizza from Wood or Slasher. Hop around to different thrift stores and estate sales all over LA and Orange County.. theres so many!  Catch a movie at Cinespia at the Hollywood Cemetery.. Drive around the city.. and experience new local spots together! Surely you’re bound to stumble upon something cool and unique that you may have not known existed before! 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 this to: My Co-Producer and dear friend, Ebrahim Ebrahim AKA Among the others. I am so grateful to know you, to have been on such a journey with you creating such amazing work. You are so talented, so kind, and grounded. I look forward to the road ahead! Thank you for always being there for me. To my Engineer and Mentor, Carlos Castro. It is a rarity to stumble upon people like you. You have been such a positive light within my life.. always there to give me the best advice and lift me up. I have learned so much from you and am thankful to have worked on this upcoming EP with you. To my better half, Jacob. You are my ride or die, always so supportive . Im grateful to grow and go through life with you. To my mother, You always told me I could do anything I put my mind to. You drove with me across the country when I was 18 to move and follow my dreams. Your support and love means the world. To all the teachers who told me ‘I could.” Words matter. The encouraging words made a difference. Thank you.

Website: Laramrgic.com

Instagram: @laramrgic

Twitter: @Lmrgic

Facebook: facebook.com/laramrgic

Other: Spotify: Lara Mrgic Apple Music: Lara Mrgic Upcoming Podcast is “A World of wonder” by Lara Mrgic

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