LOS ANGELES – A singer can make music with their vocals and instruments, but recording music takes more than lyrics and drums.
Musician Margarita Landry is working on her third album and draws various inspiration from singers like Katy Perry and songwriters like Chopin. Known professionally as “MARG”, Landry started playing the violin and has since grown into a pop singer for a new generation.
“So there are a lot of things to do to create a project,” Landry said. “I think it’s hard for a young artist to break through because you need things like microphones, equipment, software and there’s a lot more to do than people think.”
When COVID-19 hit, all the concerts that MARG had booked were immediately canceled and she saw the opportunities to perform slip away. According to the National Independent Venue Association, nearly 90% of independent concert halls and clubs were in danger of suddenly closing.
“It was all a little weird because you couldn’t get into these big bands and do music even live, you couldn’t play live music, you couldn’t go into the studio, but I feel the need. to create never stopped, ”said Landry.
MARG therefore spent his free time writing and coming up with new musical ideas. Once the studios were cleared to reopen, MARG discovered Pirate, a new recording studio complex designed for musicians, DJs and now podcasters. Unable to record at home, she needed a safe, affordable space with all the necessary tools to complete her new album. For his producer Johnny Nice, the biggest problem is street noise.
“Even if I get my equipment of the same quality, I will ultimately never have the same soundproofing as here in my apartment,” explains Nice.
With nearly half a million performing arts jobs lost in California over the past year, it’s hard for artists to create new content without the right equipment or the right connections.
Sammi Alani is co-founder of Pirate. With locations all over the world, he wanted to bring service to LA, especially in underserved areas like West Adams.
“I think it’s obvious that there are a lot of artists who suffered during the pandemic, stuck at home, didn’t come out. I think what we are seeing is that they are coming to use the spaces here, showing crazy creativity, ”Alani said. “This suffering turned into a good outing.”
With the slow reopening of the city, MARG just has to record his new songs.
“I feel like this is the perfect time to create,” said Landry. “If there’s something you want to do, you should do it because the world needs a lot more creativity and passion right now. “