We had the good fortune of connecting with Lily Lyon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lily, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I think representation is extremely important and as a Brazilian American artist, my hope is to make my community feel represented through my work.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a singer songwriter and performing artist. My music is little bits of me but also sometimes fictional expression. I’m extremely proud of the singles and music videos I’ve released in the past few years. As an independent self-funded artist it can feel so lonely and impossible but you hustle and put your best foot forward and things come together and the right people find you along the way and take part in your story. I’ve very excited to go back to playing shows and recording my album. I did a lot of writing during this pandemic and I can’t wait to share these songs and stories that I’ve conjured up. I must say that nothing worthwhile is easy but when you’re serving your purpose it feels right in a way that even through hard work you feel unstoppable, and it took me a lot of missteps and wrong paths to finally feel like I am in that place where I am completely and unapologetically serving my purpose. Number one lesson is that it’s better to half ass something than not do it at all, so don’t wait for something to be perfect to set it free. I also learned that life is short and we shouldn’t waste any time doing what doesn’t feel right because someone else said it’s what we’re supposed to. We always know more than we give ourselves credit and even if you’re taking advice, ALWAYS trust your gut. I want the world to know my history, how crazy it is that I could be doing what I do now, when my parents came from nothing and my dad came from the middle of no where not even near a road in rural Brazil and how I was raised on hard work and relentless passion. Everything I do is in honor of family, my Brazilian culture and my American “New Jersey” girl culture, every thing that made me, me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The best part of LA is that everything feels like a movie set. I would say you have to eat tacos for every meal and try all the amazing spots from the pricey ones to the taco trucks. Some of my favorites are tacos tu madre, guisados, petty cash, and gracias madre. For night life (which I hope we get back to!) I’d say Good Times at Davey Waynes, No Vacancy, Breakroom 86, are a few of those spots that are speak easys and just take their theme all the way. It feels like you’re not in a bar. Catch an improv show at UCB, comedy at The Hyperion, and definitely go on a hike or the beach. The nature here is beautiful!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shout out goes out to my community. I’m surrounded by incredible artists and incredible humans. Huge shoutout to my parents, for taking a huge risk and moving to a country where they didn’t speak the language and giving me every opportunity they could while never letting me stray far from my roots, language and culture.
Images by @rebekkacaptures and by Images by @eelguy