We had the good fortune of connecting with Debora Galán and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Debora, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
That integrity and humility go a long way in the music business.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been a creative soul my entire life but lacked confidence when I first started. Over the years, I have built a good reputation and created content I am very proud of. When I decided to have my own cover band, Debora Galán & Silk, and pursue music as a career as a singer-songwriter, I knew it would be a difficult journey. Not only because I gave up the stability of a day job, but because I also got started somewhat ‘late.’ I like to say that I’m a late bloomer. Though I’ve been singing professionally for over 30 years, I began to undertake aspects of this business only 13 years ago, and they are challenging. It’s not an easy path. There is a lot of rejection; there are people who are not of integrity and are willing to take advantage of you, and it’s an industry that is constantly evolving. I don’t mean to sound negative, but often these things are not openly discussed with up-and-coming artists. Some generous souls will share this information, but it’s incumbent upon the individual to take the initiative to ask questions, to do your due diligence. We journey into this world of music with our big dreams and are often not taught about the pitfalls. If nothing else, I hope that sharing the wisdom acquired through some hard lessons will help other young artists. Do your homework, educate yourself on the industry works, and always put everything in writing. As for the technology side, things have changed quite a bit, both technically and operationally.
Perseverance and belief that I am called to do this have kept me going. The most important piece of advice I can give is to be authentic and humble.
Despite these challenges, I am still creating. I’m proud of my collaborations and the opportunities my efforts have created for other talented musicians to share the stage with me. While my name may be on the marquee, I am fully aware that the people who support me musically are a considerable part of my accomplishments. It’s so important they be recognized and acknowledged. I know that I cannot do what I do without them, so I never want to take them for granted. I’ve been very privileged to be surrounded and forged friendships with some amazingly talented people, and that is a huge blessing. They, too, are part of the reason I have stuck it out.
My future includes more new music, expanding the breadth of my experience as a songwriter, looking for other collaborations, incorporating other styles from different cultures (something I really take pleasure in). The shows I/we put on reflect our love of good music in the form of a beautiful repertoire that is diverse in styles and a commitment to excellence. My brand is really driven by a desire to always be seen as a class act based on how I treat my fellow musicians and clients and the audience.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Places to Visit: Oceanside, Leucadia/Encinitas, Del Mar, La Jolla Places to Hang Out: Live music venues: Coyote’s Bar & Grill, Ocean View Terrace at Del Mar Plaza, Orifla Winery, Bernardo Winery
This is a tough one because I am a total foodie. Too many great places to Eat: Ocean Thai, Oceanside, Paon, Carlsbad Village, Pacifica, Del Mar, Amaya at Fairmont Grand Del Mar, and Yakitori Taisho on Clairmont Mesa!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Over the course of my musical career, several people have been mentors and provided excellent guidance. Among them, Anthony Smith, Greg Manning, and Nathan Brown. Early on, Anthony gave me some really good advice on being a good bandleader. Greg shared some incredible wisdom during difficult periods in my life when I was ready to give up music, and Nathan has modeled steadfast professionalism with understated humility.
CD Covers: Marissa C. Boucher Performance Pic (Red dress): Cathy LaFever (Opening for Steve Tyrell) Group Photo: Debora Galán Stage Photo: Frank Rodrick