We had the good fortune of connecting with Raquel Aurilia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Raquel, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I think this question is one that makes you think about just how passionate you are about what you are pursuing in your life. If you are passionate about what you are doing then I feel that you should never give up. In the music industry I am driven by my passion to share my music with everyone and not necessarily by specific number of sales etc. If my music can touch even one person, that means so much to me and motivates me to keep writing and singing. As long as I am passionate about what I do, giving up is not an option.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been a Singer/Songwriter for several years now. I didn’t even realize I could write though until Producer Gardner Cole asked me to collaborate, so I went home and started writing. I listened to several songs and the way they were written and then started putting my ideas down in similar formats until it felt right. It was so cool to know that I was actually now writing my own music and never even knew I could. It has been a great learning process for me and I feel that my writing has gotten better with each song. It feels amazing to hear something I have written “come to life” and to be able to perform these songs on stage is the best feeling ever. The music industry is a tough industry and I have learned a lot along the way. You have to really trust the people you choose to work with and make sure they are legitimate. Not everyone is who the say they are so you have to be careful when you decide to work with people. I have learned this the hard way. Now, I do my homework when I am approached to collaborate or to work with someone with. My career has been a work in progress and continues to be. I am always trying to re-invent things by collaborating with different people and music styles. Stepping outside your comfort zone sometimes can really expand your career and your audience. Even now with the pandemic, finding ways to record from home has been so important to keep that momentum going! I started my career later in life and have no regrets because my music and lyrics are what they are because I have experienced more. Had I started younger, I may not have had as much to say
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many cool places to visit here in Arizona. If I was doing a “day itinerary” I think I would start our day with some Pilates at my favorite place, Club Pilates. Such a good workout! Then I would take her to a great lunch/late breakfast in Old Town at “Montauk” in Old Town. On the weekends they usually have live music during brunch which is really cool. From there we would try and get some sun and maybe do a spa/pool day at the Phoenician Resort. They have the coolest spa and amenities and the pool is awesome! For dinner I would take her to “The Mission’ in Old Town. I love the ambience there and the Pomegranate Margaritas and tableside Guacamole are awesome!! Great food in general. Since most places are just starting up again with live music, (because of the pandemic), I would take her to The Thirsty Camel ( In the Phoenician ) to hear some live music. They have a lot of open space there with comfy couches and chairs to sit at so it’s a cool vibe there for live music. You can practice social distancing of course with all the open space, and enjoy the great music!! Other cool places I would take her would be Ocean 44, Mastros City Hall for dinner and The Montelucia for another great spa day! There is great shopping too at The Fashion Square Mall!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people along the way that I feel deserve a shoutout when it comes to their love & support with my music. But, if I have to narrow it down, there are 2 people I would like to give this shoutout to! My “team” as I call them has always been very small and we do the best we can “wearing many hats” so to speak, to make things continuously flow with my music career. There have been 2 people who I feel have been there for me as far as my career goes and have gone above and beyond. The first person is Elizabeth Motley who used to do my PR. She always went above and beyond PR, helping me in my career. with bookings, PR and anything else I needed. In fact, she still sends me info from time to time looking out for me even though she has since moved to Florida for her career in Television. The second person is Katie Cole. She is also a musician and my “right hand man” or woman in this case -lol. since it’s just she and I now working together right now. Katie too, has gone above and beyond the online marketing and helps me with booking, interviews, and anything else that comes my way. It is so nice to know that I have someone like her in my corner who knows the industry and that I can really rely on. I am so grateful for them both!!
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