We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Danaë and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
My love for music and the arts started at a really young age. My parents constantly played music from different genres and decades throughout the house such as The Commodores, Queen, Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Mariah Carey, and many more. A lot of my extracurricular activities were in the arts like musical theatre, dance, painting, violin, piano, etc. At one point, I became infatuated with architecture and drew out floor plans and home exteriors. I also used to sketch fashion ideas for myself in the same notepad. Eventually, my parents told me I had to stick with one thing because I was in school and didn’t have enough time to do everything, and creating music and performing was something I really wanted to do for the rest of my life. As an artist, I’m able to implement some of those activities that I enjoyed when I was growing up into my career, especially with marketing and performances. My mind is constantly creating and although the journey of my career can be difficult and discouraging, it’s also very therapeutic and makes me happy.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My first experience in the music industry was when I interned at Hopeless Records, but I ended up getting a job on the Vans Warped Tour as a merch girl, so I left that internship. From there, I ended up working for other bands for a few years and eventually stopped to focus on my artist career. Since then, it’s been difficult especially being a Filipino-American woman in the industry. I’ve been told that I don’t have the right look and I’ve had people tell me the type of music I should make. I felt like I had to fit a mold to be successful in the music industry, so at the beginning of my career, I never spoke up and trusted that these people knew what they were doing. It wasn’t until 2016 when I took full control of my career that I started to embrace who I am and created more opportunities for myself than anyone else. My music is a message of vulnerability. I love to mix positive lyrics with darker tones and melodies and vice versa because it represents the ups and downs of my journey. My lyrics are very personal, but very relatable to what others have experienced or what they’re going through at that moment. My sound is a variety of pop, but mainly dark pop, electro, and R&B. I love to blend different types of genres because they’ve all inspired me in different ways. The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is to stay true to yourself because everyone is looking for someone they can relate to and picture as their best friend. Do what makes you happy and just enjoy the ride!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to the Rose Bowl, you can walk around the stadium and there are some beautiful trails in Pasadena along the way. I would also take them to the Rose Bowl flea market on a Sunday. For food and drinks, I’m a huge boba lover, so I would take them to OinkMoo Tea Bar has become my favorite boba spot in Pasadena. I also love the grilled artichoke and craft beer selection at Congregation Ale House, the Nashville hot chicken at Howlin’ Ray’s, grab ramen at Tatsu Ramen, Urth Caffé for sandwiches, salads, pastries, etc. I would definitely make sure we go to In-N-Out for burgers and Masa of Echo for Chicago deep dish pizza or pastas. I love taking people to Disneyland, especially if it’s their first time visiting the parks, so that is always a must for me and I love going to the Griffith Observatory for some beautiful views. I love the ocean, so I like to take visitors up the coast to Malibu to head to the beach, but there’s also some great hiking spots there and wineries as well.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a huge shoutout to my parents. I can’t thank them enough for their support. I can only imagine how hard it is for them to watch their daughter be a struggling artist. I know they feel helpless at times because they don’t have any knowledge of the music industry, but I don’t tell them enough how much I appreciate their patience and trusting me that everything will work out how it’s supposed to. We celebrate the small wins, and we can’t wait to celebrate the big ones. I am blessed to have parents that support my choices and just want me to have a career that makes me happy.