We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Salvo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When I started out as a baby Salvo fresh out of music school learning how to sing into a microphone in a studio setting, i was pretty inexperienced. Going from an operatic stage to recording in the studio was a whole new world for me, and was hard to adapt to. I would spend hours in the booth trying to get that perfect take. Pitch or rhythm was never a problem for me, but having that “swag” and personality was. I sounded like a fricken Disney princess. But pop was always my true passion so I knew I couldn’t give up. It got to be very tedious for my engineers to keep spending all this time with me, telling me how I could improve and what they thought would help. So I decided one day that I was going to get my own setup, that way I could take all the time I needed and really work with myself to find the sound that I wanted to put out into the world with my music. It didn’t happen overnight and I have so many recordings that I listen back to and cringe on, but that was the first step I took to building my first studio and being able to collaborate with artists remotely as Salvo.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
wow there’s a lot to unpack here haha.
I write sing and produce vocals for and in the edm and dance pop genres. I collaborate with artists all over the world for their projects, most of them being DJs. Think of me as the Halsey to your Marshmellow. What I’m most proud of right now is the fact that music is my full time job. It’s taken a lot of building to get to this point. I worked a lot of shitty side jobs for a long time LOL. I’m also proud to say that I’m a business owner and have my own label, Tapes & Triangles.
Was it easy? Hell no! It most definitely was not. There was and still is a lot of perseverance involved. I have always thought, if i quit i’ll never know how close i was to my goal. That has kept me going. Also the fact that even if i tried to stop writing and singing songs i don’t think i ever could, so might as well put it to good use!
Lessons I’ve learned along the way… No one is going to work as hard for you as yourself. No one cares as much about your art as yourself. Be careful of the people who you trust and keep the ones you do trust close. Most important of all, and something i’m learning currently, Don’t make music because you think it will get you clout or “do numbers”. Do it because you love what you’re making. Never underestimate being genuine, because people can tell when you’re not.
Since I was a little girl, music has always been the place I could escape to when I was feeling moody or alone. Each song on my mix cd was like a tiny world of it’s own with a different soul and emotion. I want to give that back to others with the music I put out. Give a positive distraction from the realities we might not want to deal with all the time.
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?
Whenever someone visits LA there are a few MUSTS especially if it’s for a week trip. First, i show them all the best healthy/vegan restaurants in town. Although i’m no longer vegan, i still love eating at Flore, and Doomie’s Home Cookin’. If they’re looking for something sushi, I ALWAYS recommend Sugar Fish’s trust me menu. Some favorite spots to hang and have a drink are Mama Shelter (I worked there for a bit when i first moved to LA) or any of the Houston brother’s spots. I also have a huge love affair with Palm Springs if you feel like venturing outside of town for a few days. I’ve taken solo trips there before just to get away and write. The Saguaro has a vibe like no other. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A couple people who I’ve always looked up to and felt were mentors to me in a way are my good friends Yufi Zewdu and Morgan (Lox Chatterbox), and Sarah De Warren, all three are extremely talented songwriters and artists. Being well-rounded and knowledgable about the industry and at the same time keeping the creativity flowing is something that they all do extremely well. They’re always there whenever I have a question, need a secret weapon for a session and are big reasons why I’ve made most of the connections I have today in the industry.
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