We had the good fortune of connecting with Roni Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Roni, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
First of all, success is measured in many ways. It could come in the form of standing on a huge stage with large crowds or getting a large royalty check, (doesn’t suck) but honestly, those things go by fairly quickly and there’s always a huge scramble to keep them coming in if that’s your goal. I have found actually more satisfaction in gaining the respect of my peers, looking forward to new projects, working with other musicians and artists that add to the experience. Primarily, bringing people into the music with me or into the event or the experience and not so much lording over them to show off my abilities but to share with them, even for a short time, the feeling of the music. When someone comes up to me after A show or after hearing the music or engaging in whatever form they have chosen, and they’ve shared that it has lifted them up for a time , given them joy or gotten them through something difficult, I can honestly say that feels very successful to me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well, women playing rock music in the 70s was pretty unheard of and If someone would’ve told me how difficult it was going to be, I might not of pursued it. But since I didn’t know any better, I went ahead and did it anyway LOL It’s been a challenge and it continues to be that way but then again being in the music business whoever you are, is a challenge Music isn’t some thing you always choose to do, it’s just something that he’s within you and you either nurture it or you don’t. And what’s great about it, is it’s their kind of has a constant companion so if you do take a few turns in life you can always come back to it and it’s always waiting. In the digital world it is a struggle to find ways to earn a living in this industry and of course with Covid, that has become increasingly difficult. But as they say, The show must go on!!!
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.
How many great places in Southern California, Little Italy in San Diego is one of my favorites. I love Coronado I love downtown in the gaslamp but of course right now I guess we would sit at home and I would show them pictures of it LOL
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My kids for sure ! Adam Ryckman, Lauren Fanucchi and Dante Fanucchi PRS Guitars Pig Hog Cables Soldano Amplification These companies have always supported me and provided greatly needed products !