GRAMMY Camp St. Paul Blog: Lauren Padilla

Lauren Padilla, GRAMMY Camp St. Paul 2014

One thing I love about Hawaii's (my home state's) concentrated musical community is it's vibrant atmosphere — it's closeness, intimacy, generosity, and immense talent. To be honest, I didn't expect to find that same synergy when I landed in Minnesota, so many miles away from my home, and I'm happy to have been proven so incredibly wrong.

Here at McNally Smith, I've visited a radio station, been introduced to the music industry ropes, and collaborated across almost every career track. I've written the lyrics and music to a full length song within an hour, and brought it straight down to the studio to record professionally for the first time in my life. I've listened in on the wisdom of professionals, whom I never would have met otherwise. 

I've befriended people from all over the country. Different ages, different backgrounds, different personalities, but one quintessential commonality — a passion to make music and join it's industrial ranks. GRAMMY Camp has truly been an experience unlike any other, and it's only been three days. I am immersed, entranced, and utterly inspired by everyone here, everything we are working to achieve here and beyond.

What I've learned is that each person here has potential embedded within them, and that the importance of connecting with each one is beyond measure; we incessantly have been told that at the root of every aspect of music is a relationship. Learning about copyright, audio engineering, recording, entrepreneurship — that's all so important, but more so are the people we are meeting, and the conversations we're having preemptively, in hopes that one day we'll meet each other again on the world's larger stages.

There is a certain rich, catalytic environment here that only this kind of group of people can create. Something mystifying and simply impossible is happening here, and I plan to make the very best of the rest of this week. 

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Lauren Padilla

GRAMMY Camp St. Paul 2014


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