We had the good fortune of connecting with Malena Cadiz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Malena, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Feeling grounded in the moment. Spending time with my family and community and diving into my work as a musical artist and teacher. This gives me a real sense of purpose and a place to focus my creative energy.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a musician, songwriter and teacher. I’ve been writing and recording for over a decade; I’ve released a few albums and toured the U.S. and Europe. I started putting out my music ten years ago and have had lots of ups and downs in the process like all artists. I’ve learned to really ground myself in the process of creation, regardless of external markers of success. These are so ephemeral and what is truly lasting the joy and catharsis of creating art that feels true to myself and my story.
I began teaching a few years ago and have loved getting to share in the process of other musicians and songwriters. With my teaching practice, Coyote Canyon Music I offer group Songwriting workshops, private lessons and a monthly Songwriting Salon.
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.
Self-Realization Fellowship in Mount Washington, this is such a magical little garden, very quiet and serene perched on top of Mount Washington.
I love Club Tee Gee in Atwater for a drink, Zebulon for live music,
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Valida Carroll – KCRW DJ and curator of Desert Nights series at The Standard Hollywood Valida has created such a wonderful community around her series Desert Nights that ran for 10 years at the Standard and continues to cultivate and celebrate local artists. Love this lady! She also has her own line of vegan lip balm called Colors Remix.