We had the good fortune of connecting with lynette rios padilla and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi lynette, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is very important when it comes to the process of success. You need to take risks. There is no success without risk taking and thats just how I see it. However, you MUST take calculated risks, think of the different outcomes, and hypothesize results as best as you can. I’ve taken risks since I was a child, from leaving my fathers house at a young age, to signing up for Art College, to starting these L and famblood projects, to forwarding my executive decisions at the daily office.
One thing I learned about risk taking for sure is it must be done with confidence, and if you meet the consequences instead of rewards, consequences are just another term for learning lessons. You win at the end either way, you succeed or learn.
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.
L is a Darkwave / EBM music project located in Austin, Texas (Originally from Los Angeles, California) that takes iconic stage personas into her own inspiration within the dark electronic music scene. Some of her visual and iconic influences are David Bowie, Pete Burns, Steve Strange, Joan Jett, and Madonna. L’s music was inspired by the masterworks of Boy Harsher, Douglas McCarthy, Front242, High-Functioning Flesh, Revolting Cocks, Human Performance Lab, and Sarin. L intends to explore more than just her music, but her visual identity and looking beyond the letter.\ through sound and vision. L creates hypnotic melodies and hard-hitting beats capturing the Darkwave and EBM genres, but also ethereal, industrial and techno in the works.
On May 16th, 2020, L’s first single “Pend’ was released on Crunch Pod Music and all streaming platforms which included a DIY music video.
On June 26th, 2020, L released her debut album, “DISCIPLINE” which includes 6 solid tracks. Each standing out on their own yet all continue to tell the story of hard work, determination, and love and loss through lyrical self confessions. The album carries a great variety of synth sounds from the Gaia to the Jupiter accompanied by strong danceable rhythms. The power of the collaboration between Karloz Manufactura and L are heard within these songs. From the sound palette that was carefully chosen, to the final mastering. The DISCIPLINE album challenged L creatively and is an important staple to her life.
(I highly recommend you listen to the album from beginning to end as it was originally intended to, but given this age, people only skip to their favorites haha)
On February 20th, 2021, Crunchpod and L released “Discipline remixed”, a fantastic collection of reworks by the french darkwave phenom project HANTE., the brilliant griefwave artist SRSQ, German Techno/EBM duo RENDERED, along with the talents of MANUFACTURA, Russian electronic dance project VVOKAA, Atlanta based producer RECON, Los Angeles own MELLOW CODE, SPHERIC, DREAMSCAPE INVOCATION & DAMASCUS KNIVES. Each offering their own vision which blends a wide variety of styles from techno, ebm, darkwave, ethereal, industrial, electro, edm, and powerful dark electronics.
What sets L apart from other artists is the careful attention to detail from structuring music to the visions accompanied by it. L combines sound and vision through her identity and lyrical storytelling exploring the classic EBM traditional sound structures mixing with Darkwave style vocals in contrast with aggressive vocals is an important signature sound in L. Visually bringing back the Wax Trax! era into the work with a female artist brings in new flavors and meaning to the style. Im willing to shake things up a bit! Which is honestly the most exciting part for me, once the material is ready for performance, I think that’s my favorite.
As a creative, making mistakes is part of success, so there are lessons to be learned. Aside from music, being an art director of over 6 years in the creative field is almost like music; taking care of that vision as if it was your own, but with a good mentor so you keep your ego AND your craft in check. I learned to get close to those who know more than me so I keep getting inspired and strive for a better self.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, I literally just moved to Austin from Los Angeles, and while being a homebody during the pandemic has been productive, I am a true sucker for taco trucks and aguas frescas… So definitely start off the trip to some tacos and drinks, there are soooo many taco stands and trucks. I would take my friend hiking on some trails and perhaps chill by the lake. Once things open, for sure some cool bars, I have yet to really explore Austin, I am very excited to see what’s in store here.
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 shout out to Karloz Manufactura (founder of Crunch Pod Music Label) for the relentless hard work he puts in for the label and to every recording artist that’s involved. I had the pleasure of working with Karloz on the Discipline album and I am so very grateful for the collaboration, guidance and overall mentorship. It’s a project I really value and cherish in my musical career/life.
I want to thank Josh McVety (Mellow Code) whom I’ve developed a great friendship over the years, introduced me to Karloz. Josh has not only helped me meet new people, but he’s helped crack open my comfortability as far as performance and vocalization goes. From driving to his place every Wednesday after work to record a new song, to eventually release our collaboration album, Body Cuerpo. I’ve also had the pleasure of collaborating with Josh in album art design, since we both are creatives we can easily tap into our creative gears. I look forward to making more stuff with Josh!
I want to thank Henry Hikima, a longtime creative mentor of mine. I wouldn’t be where I am at right now if it wasn’t for your guidance. Thank you