From recording vocals in multiple languages, writing melodies & lyrics, to top lining for your beats, playing keys and diving into the world of soundtrack composing... I'm your girl.
I'm a 24 year-old Latvian/Brazilian singer, songwriter, composer and pianist.
I'm a Berklee Alumni, have a BFA in Musical Arts from CalArts and a Masters Degree from Columbia University in Music.
My specialities are singing, songwriting and performing. I have 2 all-original song albums out: "Made in Rio", released in 2012 by Universal Music Brazil, and "Reason to stay", released in 2014 independently. My latest project is my EP "RUBY", the first pop driven chapter of my new "Precious Stones" EP collection.
I'm a versatile writer who is experienced in navigating different genres and top lining for producers as well. This year I was chosen to represent Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest, the biggest music festival in the world, with my original song, "Funny Girl".
I've collaborated with Grammy Award winners such as composer and jazz legend Eumir Deodato (Al Jarreau, Earth Wind and Fire & more), as well as co-written with Grammy Award Winner songwriter Mike Campbell (A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera, Daya). I've also worked as a Portuguese vocal coach for global superstar Jennifer Lopez.
I can sing in multiple languages, including English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian. I'm also a classically trained pianist.
I recently composed my first official soundtrack for an award winning VR app Where Thoughts Go featured on the Tribeca Film Festival.
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Interview with Laura Rizzotto
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording vocals, top lining, performing, vocal arrangements as well as writing English versions for songs in different languages.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jessie J, John Mayer, Miguel, Kimbra, Frank Ocean, Marian Hill, Kehlani and Max Martin.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a CV12 Avantone mic, a condenser Shure Beta 57C mic,Yamaha HS5 monitor speakers for mixing, AKG headphones, a Nord Stage 2 keyboard, focusrite interface a Taylor 810 CE acoustic guitar, Logic/Abbleton and a cozy recording environment. : )
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A unique personality, interesting well thought out lyrics and catchy melodies.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Using my vocals in different ways.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer/Songwriter, Pop.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Experiment a LOT.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Frank Ocean. He has such a unique sound to his work and point of view to his lyrics.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Singer/Songwriter, soulful, edgy and at times etherial.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been singing, writing and performing professionally for nearly 10 years. I started performing my original work as an artist when I was 15 years old in Brazil and shortly after got signed to Universal Music Brazil. I released my first album with them with 15 self-written original tracks: 12 in English and 3 Portuguese versions of my songs. I got to perform all around Rio and São Paulo and even opened for Demi Lovato at the time. Then, I got a scholarship to attend Berklee for a Bachelors Degree and moved to the US on my own at 17. I later on transferred to CalArts, where I graduated from with BFA, and moved to LA to release my second album independently. After that I got a scholarship for a Masters Degree in Music at Columbia and moved to NYC to work on my third project as an artist: the "Precious Stones" EP Collection. I graduated from my Masters on May 2017 and shortly after released my EP "RUBY", the first chapter of the EP Collection. I've collaborated with many artists I admire on the way, such as Grammy Award winner Eumir Deodato, Portuguese vocal coaching for superstar Jennifer Lopez and co-writing with Grammy Award winner Mike Campbell. I also was chosen to represent Latvia (I'm a double citizen of Brazil and Latvia) in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, the biggest music festival in the world with over 200 million viewers, with my original song "Funny Girl". This year I got to perform all over Europe and it's been an amazing journey. I've recently moved to LA where I'm working on my next EP and exploring new possibilities for my career.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop, my focus rite interface, my condenser shure beta 57c mic, my midi controller and AKG headphones (but like if I could sneak in my acoustic guitar... I definitely would).
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Contact me! :)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: - What's your timeline/ deadline for the project? - Payment options - References for the work they'd like to have me execute
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it isn't possible to make a living off of it or doing it full-time... but it most definitely is.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My new EP, "AMBER", which will be an homage to my Latvian roots.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Composing, recording and co-producing the soundtrack for the award winning Where Thoughts Go virtual reality experience. It was my first time diving into the world of soundtrack and I am very proud of the final outcome. It definitely woke up a new passion in me and is something I want to pursue more in the future.