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

Hi Lauren, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I chose to pursue an artistic career because it was the only route that appealed to me. The idea of getting to create and share my creations with others is the absolute dream. As a child I always struggled to wrap my head around the idea of working the typical 9-5 job, and I just knew that I was better suited for a creative lifestyle.

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.
Currently I am the lead guitar player in the band Siam Jem. It’s so great to be a part of a project that allows for creative freedom with my guitar tone and parts within the songs. In addition to Siam Jem, I am also a guitar player and songwriter in a band I helped form called Rima. Both of these bands have shoegaze roots with their own twist to it, so it’s such a fun experience getting to find my personal sound within each 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.
Magnolia street in North Hollywood is one of my personal favorites. The street is lined with some of the best food in the city, as well as hangout spots. From Republic of Pie to Tamashii Ramen House, there are so many options to choose from. Another cool hangout spot is Little Joy in Echo Park. This bar always has great live music on the weekends, and everyone is always super friendly. Lastly, I would take them to The Study in Hollywood. This bar is a hidden gem, with some of the coolest decor and some great live music.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout my parents, as they have shaped who I am and have assisted my pursuit of a career in music. I also want to give recognition to Victor Gann, my lifelong guitar teacher and mentor for pushing me and making me into the musician I am today. lastly, my friends and teachers at Musicians Institute really helped me become comfortable in Los Angeles and really developed my music education in ways it couldn’t have without them.

Website: https://www.rimaband.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenpena.wav/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnXwR6I_tVvpYA1PeDA6h5w/videos

Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt-FcxjO80eA6zNrNL7iRfw

Image Credits:
The Work Of Jar
Courtneylee Conroy
Alexander Toon
Oscar Arce

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