We had the good fortune of connecting with Lynnzee (H0tel) Fraye and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lynnzee, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
For me, I have to draw a line. When I am no longer finding myself being excited, ready, willing, and/or trying to improve my craft, it no longer serves me. There have also been countless times when I’ve thought I was biting off more than I could chew or that I would never be good enough. But with all those negative thoughts and feelings, I also have moments when it feels like there is nothing else I want to do and it is all I can think about. In those moments where it brings me genuine happiness or joy, I find the fire within me to keep going till my fingers bleed. Overall, singing and writing always brought me more happiness and purpose than anything else and I knew I couldn’t just give up.  

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been a singer/songwriter for 15 years now and what sets me apart from others in this field is my ability to adapt. I started writing songs after a friend had passed as a way to fill the void of his passing. That quickly evolved into joining numerous bands and performing whenever I could. I have played over 1000 shows, from empty coffee shops to singing background vocals for some of the biggest rock stars in the world. In order to grow from the coffee shops to the big stages, I had to train myself to adapt to different singing styles and some were harder to tackle than others. Overall, it made me a stronger singer and provided so many opportunities that have helped me grow in this industry over the years. And once I realized that this was a career I wanted and not just a hobby, my biggest struggle became constantly trying to define who I wanted to be or what I wanted to represent in this industry. Although my singing styles varied based off what was needed for let’s say a certain gig, I still struggled to find my exact style and sound. This struggle led me to make myself feel small and instead of listening to my intuition, I listened to other people’s opinions on what would be best. I jumped around from rock bands, musical theater productions, a pop band with my younger triplet brothers, I even went solo and tried the Indie girl sound. I have had fantastic memories and small successes in all of them, but none ever felt like I was being truly myself. In an attempt to find my sound, I started my project H0tel. I actually started it many years ago, but never had the courage to put much energy into. It had always felt like something I did as an escape from all the other projects I was working on. I also am incredibly over critical of myself to a point where I spent $2000 on a music video, didn’t like one part of it, and then never released it. I’m constantly in a battle with myself about releasing content if it isn’t exactly what I envision. To me, if it isn’t perfect, I don’t want the world to see it. It’s taken many years to grasp the understanding that nothing will ever be perfect and within that it is almost the agreement that it is perfect. Over the last year, I had a realization that if my H0tel project is what I truly wanted the world to see, my priority should be there. After 4 years of fighting against myself I finally released an EP in October of 2020. This is by far my proudest accomplishment to date. This EP represents everything I let hold me back and all of my own doubts getting in the way of moving forward. I’ve learned countless lessons, but the biggest one I’ve learned is that if it is your truth, speak it, -authenticity and integrity to yourself are the best allies.   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.
I have a few secrets gems I’ve found over the years in LA. My first go to, is The Bourgeois Pig. It is a small coffee/tea shop that has a forest room with a real tree house in it. It’s a great place to talk and it has an incredible atmosphere. Then, I must visit some museums, I love them all. The Petersen is great if you’re a car lover, The Getty is just breathtaking, and the LACMA is great for Instagram pictures. For food – if you want a little spook, go to Antonio’s on Melrose. It’s supposedly haunted and the ghosts will help your dreams come true. Also, if you want a place with incredible LA history, Dan Tana’s, located next to The Troubadour, has fantastic Italian food. For a little sweet tooth fix, Amorino in Beverly Hills has rose shaped gelato and to-die-for macaroons. If you go just a little farther down the way there’s a Sprinkles cupcake ATM that everyone has to try at least once. Lastly, if you want some great live music, go to Hotel Cafe or Republic of Pie. They always have underground musicians that are amazing.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to give the biggest shoutout to my parents, brothers, and family, especially my cousin Luke for being the best family and being exceptionally supportive of all my crazy. I’d also like to thank Kathleen for inspiring me everyday to be my best self and to keep dreaming and to all the phenomenal musicians I’ve met who motivate me to work harder everyday. Last but not least, all the incredible people I’ve had the honor of sharing my life with. I use my life experiences to create and I would be no where without all of them.

Website: Www.lynnzeefraye.com

Instagram: Www.instagram.com/h0tel; www.instagram.com/Lynnzeefraye

Twitter: Wwwtwitter.com/h0telartist; www.twitter.com/Lynnzeefraye

Facebook: Www.facebook.com/h0telmusic; www.facebook.com/lynnzeefraye

Youtube: Www.YouTube.com/h0telmusic; www.YouTube.com/lynnzeefraye

Image Credits
Cassidy Bliss Cooper Brandon Chang

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