We had the good fortune of connecting with Renata Vontobel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Renata, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I have always been a very creative person since I was a kid, I started singing and songwriting at very young age. Having my uncle as musician he has always inspired me to follow my dreams, when I was 12 years-old we recorded my first demo together. Once I graduated high school I started college for marketing back in Brazil but I was not happy, so my uncle suggested me to come to Los Angles and study music. Today I am about to release my first full album and I have just uploaded on YouTube my first music video for my single “Destination”, about my journey to the US and in the music industry.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a pop rock singer-songwriter from Brazil. I came to the US in 2017 to study music having an incredible support from my family, but it is still hard to be apart from them living by myself. The music industry path is not easy, I made a song about my journey called “Destination”, which I just released the music video for. I am very proud to announce that I will also be releasing my first album pretty soon, with songs that really tell my story and at the same time share positivity. My brand is very upbeat, for me music is a way to express and share happiness, so hopefully people that hear my songs can fell the same way about it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Last December my best friends came to LA to visit me and we had the best time. I would say the highlights were Disneyland, Six Flags and the beaches, Venice and Santa Monica. I will share with you our intinerary bellow: DAY 1: Watch a live show tapping. We chose to watch James Corden, but there are many options for you to choose from on the app 1iota and tvtickets.com DAY 2: Have a long walk on Melrose, Highland and Sunset until Hollywood blvd stopping by intertesting stores to do some shopping. Later that day you can take an Uber to the Griffith Observatory and then go to Universal City Walk for dinner. DAY 3: Spend the day at Beverly Hills, and afterwards walk to Beverly Connection for some outlet shopping, and end your day with a nice dinner at Cheesecake Factory at The Grove. DAY 4: Disneyland + Disney California Adventure. I highly recommend buying a one day ticket for both parks plus a max pass, which besides allowing you extra fast passes it also lets you download all your rides’ photos. DAY 5: The Getty Museum, it is a beautiful place for people that love art, and it has an increadible view too. As the museum only takes a couple of hours of your day you can reserve the rest of it to introduce your hometown friends to your new LA friends at a bar or a club. DAY 6: Six Flags, I am a true theme park lover, going to Six Flags is the best place if you love roller coasters, they have over 10 of them and the lines in this park are very short comparing to Disney and Universal. DAY 7: The final day could be at your favorite location, mine is the beach: Santa Monica and Venice. I live very far from them, so I don’t get to go very often, but spending the day there is amazing. I would highly recommend walking around at a very calm pace and also at some point renting the green metro bikes to ride from one beach to the other. I would start at Venice and then move to Santa Monica so I can watch the sunset by the pier. DAY 8: If you have an extra day I would suggest going to Downtown LA, LACMA and the Tar Pits Museum. In Downtown you can visit the Walt Disney Concert Hall, have lunch at the Grand Central Market and go visit Olvera Street.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My uncle Michel Vontobel is the most important shoutout, if it was not for him I would not be where I am today. I also would like to shout out my parents and sister for supporting me. Besides family members I would like to shoutout a few musicians that I have collaborated with: Kazuki Tokaji, Kruttika Sequeira, Jesus Lopez, Dave Fong, Brain AU, Carlos Figueroa, Harry Matthew and Jose “Chipi” Estrada.
Jose “Chipi” Estrada, Rodolfo Magalhães, Fernanda Sacks