Listen to the new song from Lyn Saga – Venice
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I am originally from a suburb in northern New Jersey. I started out playing piano when I was 5 years old and then took guitar lessons when I was 10. In grade school, my friends and I were in a band that played shows around New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. Later, I decided to write songs on my own and move to Los Angeles. Through playing various venues in LA, I met a lot of musicians and people who work in music. That is how I met my producer and the musicians I work with today.
What do you have coming up? What are some of the new projects we can expect to see?
My first full-length album Venice will be released January 13th, 2013. I am very excited for the release because I worked most of 2012 with my producer Evan Brass to record these songs.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Venice is the first track off of my new album. I wrote the song about a year ago when I was working long hours at my day job while pursuing music on the side. It was difficult living that way because I had barely any time to really focus on my music. I was working long hours so that I can afford to record and distribute my music. The song reflects this struggle and how stressful jobs can change who you are inside.
How does your music separate yourself from other artists and bands out there?
My music is very personal and honest. I write lyrics based on my experiences or experiences of people who are close to me. Therefore, I think my music is lyrically unique and reflective of my personal perspective.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
The music industry is changing drastically. There are so many outlets for music exposure currently that it is difficult to keep up and to be current. It is challenging to maintain an online presence and be involved in all the new social media sites geared towards music. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing since it has empowered artists in a way where they have more control over their music and how they wish to express it. It just takes some getting used to and persistence.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
When I first moved Los Angeles to pursue music as a solo artists, I barely knew anyone. I had no friends and I didn’t know where to play out. Also, I had not yet recorded any solo material so I had to save money by working long hours in my day job to afford production costs and distribution costs. Although this was all very stressful, I kept playing out and meeting other musicians like me. I did not give up and have met great people who support my music.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
I think that artists should definitely consider who they work with in terms of production. You really need to work with the right producer so that you can get the sound you want on your recordings. I met with several producers who were not familiar with the type of music I was trying to create and who did not really understand what I was trying to accomplish. I thought long and hard before I decided to work with the producers that I have worked with and I am very lucky that I have.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
I think that if you really love writing and performing your music, you should not give up. Keep playing out and writing if that is what you love to do.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
I love performing and I think that live shows are a great way to promote music. I am not particularly picky with where I play. Keep an open mind when playing shows because you never know who you will meet.