Interview with Singer Songwriter, LP
by Emily Krawczyk with contributions from Jasmine Rochelle
Very rarely am I able to recall the first time I hear a song, but with LP I can tell you where I was, what I was doing and what time it was. That’s how big of an impact her music has had on me. I was in a hotel room in Florida late at night flipping channels when I came across a Citi Bank commercial of a girl climbing a huge rock, but what caught my attention was the song playing in the background. This was before Iphone’s could instantly tell you what song was playing so I memorized two words and was instantly googling. I googled for a good hour until I found LP and her song “INTO THE WILD” and from that moment I was hooked. I bought every song I could find and fell in love over and over. LP has that voice, paired with her music and lyrics that sends chills down your spine. Every time she releases a new song its like a drug that I can’t get fast enough. I am in a bit of disbelief that I was able to interview one of my most favorite musicians and am even more in shock by how down to earth and funny she is (there are so few of us). LP has a way of commanding her audience on stage with her chic grudge look, amazing head of hair and classic Elvis lip curl while keeping a cool and kind demeanor about her. She is just a woman, living life how she is meant to.
1. It’s obvious that you are multi-talented, both with your amazing voice but also your deeply moving and poetic lyrics. What came first? Are you partial over one than the other?
I usually come up with melodies first and then fit words I have or make up words to fit the mood of the melody that pertain to things I’m experiencing or have experienced . I collect titles/concepts as well as snippets of chords and melodies and know when I have one that is really good which is fun and then sometimes it all flows out at once, chords melodies and words which of course rules.
2. As a songwriter, you’ve written quite a bit in the pop genre for other singers, which seems, to be a direct foil to the music you’re writing and performing yourself. Is there a drastically different process for collaboration over writing a song you know you’ll be performing?
I usually write songs for other people to tracks that a producer has made or that we both mess with in the studio. For me we always start from scratch in guitars or whatever .
3. Where do your lyrics come from? Are they words that easily flow or do you actively search for them? Is there a certain place you go or thing you do to write?
That depends. It’s weird sometimes it pours out in literally an hour and then sometimes I pour over it for hours. I find the more I write the more it flows actually.
4. You have such a distinct and original image unlike anyone else. Was this image something that was easy for you to fall into or did you have to overcome the pressures of modern day “style” to become the icon you are today?
Well it came sort of naturally to be honest. I’ve honed and honed my style to truly fit how I feel inside. Although it took time I feel lucky to feel very comfortable in my own skin and it extends to every part of my life and work.
5. You are an out and proud lesbian. Has your sexuality made it easier or harder for you in the industry?
Neither really. I haven’t ever leaned on it in a ‘bad’ or ‘good’ way. I prefer that it’s not an issue either way .
6. Your voice is like no one elses, the originality is something that makes you so special and propels your ever-growing fan base. Who or what has been the most influential to your music and style?
Ah thanks! My desire to connect with people drives me. To express the intangible longing and realizations that come with living the shit out of your life. Also alcohol and drugs jk.
7. You have written and collaborated with some pretty amazing artists, is there anyone in particular you would love to work with? Anyone lined up that you can tell us about?
I’d love to work with Father John Misty and I hope to some day soon. I don’t like to say cuz I haven’t even written the songs yet!
8. If you had to listen to only one song for the rest of your life what song would it be?
The song in my heart. Lol. Ah man I dunno, any song would prolly drive you mad if you listened to it long enough. How about ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ ? I feel like that song never lasts long enough for me.
9. What has been your favorite song that you have recorded?
I loved recording LOST ON YOU. It felt really cathartic at the time because I was so deeply connected at that very moment to what I was singing about.
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