We had the good fortune of connecting with Songbird Sessions and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Songbird Sessions, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
As a creative director I (Marina) was working with some really incredible emerging artists wanting to get their foot in the door in the LA music scene and start doing live shows. It became apparent that there was no platform that purely showcased women in music, so we found our niche. I reached out to Danielle who as a musician herself and has been a part of music platforms in the past ‘Blind Blind Tiger’ to partner with me on a showcase event that featured emerging and established artists, partnering with brands and hosted in non traditional music venues. Songbird Sessions first came to life in 2019 and in two short years it has become LA’s biggest female showcase event.
What should our readers know about your business?
Our objective is to create a stronger community for women within the music industry while actively changing industry culture, ensuring that women creators are better represented, recognized and rewarded.
We aim to shine a light on emerging and established artists and we’re completely about creating unique, experiential, interactive music events sponsored by brands dedicated to celebrating women in music.
We’re incredibly proud of the community we are building in LA, and are excited to branch it further and be bi-coastal and eventually cross international water.
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.
We’re predominately an East side team, so we definitely love Echo Park, Silver Lake, Highland Park and Mt Washington.
A fun week for us might look like this!
Monday – Get a morning hike in to start the week off on the right foot. Heading to Griffith Park for the visitors, otherwise Elysian Park is also fun. Lunch at Saje in Echo Park (we recommend the cauliflower buffalo wings), wonder through Stories book store and a stroll through Echo Park Lake and maybe even a swan ride (paddle boat).
Tuesday – Go to Silver Lake, check out the fun stores along Sunset and end up in Los Feliz and catch some comedy and order Tacos from Best Fish Taco in Ensenada.
Wednesday – Head to Highland Park, see what’s on at the Lodge Room or go bowling at the Highland Park Bowl. Grab some food from Joy, (highly recommend the Thousand Layer Pancake!) And then maybe even grab a donut from across the road at Donut Friend.
Thursday – Could be time for another show, see what’s on at Hotel Cafe, El Cid or Harvard and Stone.
Friday – Happy Hour is Los Feliz is fun at Figaro Bistro, and for a true LA experience head to the Dresden to see Marty and Elayne who have been performing there for about 38 years.
Saturday – Head DTLA, go to the Grand Central Markets for a great burger, visit the Last Bookstore and stroll through little Tokyo then head over to MOCA museum or LACMA for some art! See what shows are on that night, either Hollywood Bowl or Cinespia is fun in summer for movies.
Sunday – If the Rose Bowl Markets are on, head over there early! Check out some kind of flea or farmers market, the Silver Lake Flea is great and the Farmers Market in Atwater has great food.
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?
We wouldn’t be where we are without the insanely talented artists that we work with and the incredible team that help us create these events and dedicates their time and energy. So Shoutout to all the women creators!
Photographers: Chase Leonard, Nicole Lemberg and Tammie Valer Artists: BIIANCO, Flavia, Pearl Charles, CANNONS, Novena Carmel, Rodes Rollins, Lauren Ruth Ward and Alicia Blue.