An Interview With the Indie-Electro-Pop Artist, LANEY LYNX!
Posted On 08 Aug 2018
Indie electro-pop artist Laney Lynx weaves a musical fabric threaded with lush harmonies, groovy bass lines and refreshing pop hooks.
Currently based out of Brooklyn, the Rhode Island native and Berklee College of Music graduate creates an ethereal soundscape filled with blissful nostalgia, bittersweet lyrics and a dreamy vocal delivery all represented on her forthcoming EP, Easy.
Inspired by the likes of Haim, The 1975, MGMT, Aaliyah, and Stevie Wonder, small-town Lynx moved to NYC in pursuit of her childhood dreams, honing in on the intersection of R&B/Funk and electro-pop. “My songs mirror my personality in a way. [It’s all about] capturing a feel-good, quirky or playful vibe even for lyrically emotional songs.”
Her single “Love Sick” found commercial success in U.S. markets and the music video was featured in MTVu’s rotation on the show The Freshmen.
“My artistry exists in the realm of working hard while not taking myself too seriously,” states Laney. Produced by college friend and Berklee alumni Drew Ofthe Drew, the Easy EP will be a definitive representation of Laney’s light-hearted nature and musical prowess.
For more information please visit www.laneylynx.com
Learn more about Laney Lynx in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today!
Where does this interview find you now? What’s on tap for the rest of your day?
Right now I’m in the living room of my apartment in Brooklyn. The rest of the day I’ll be doing work on my laptop from here and then running some errands for a day trip I’m planning on taking to Woodstock!
Overall, how do you think 2018 has been treating you and your music career? What has been one goal that you have had this year and how close are you to reaching it?
Oh man, I’ve have so many goals for this year and the biggest one was releasing my debut EP which has been checked off the goal list!
Growing up, was music always a big part of your life? Can you recall your first ever musical experience?
Music was always a huge part of my life but I didn’t grow up in a musical family— as a little kid I was influenced by what I heard on the radio and I began singing along with the 90’s pop I was hearing. That’s been a huge influence in my music today.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? Has there been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
The biggest surprise so far about making music my career is that I MADE music my career. I pay my bills and then some by creating and singing. It’s a blessing for sure. None of it has been easy by any means but what’s the point of living without a little challenge?!
How do you think you and your music have been influenced by your hometown and where you live today? What is the music scene like there these days? If you don’t think that it has affected you at all, why is that?
I draw a lot of inspiration from my past experiences and many of those experiences have happened in my hometown- so creatively that definitely shines through my work. Where I live today in Brooklyn I’m constantly inspired by the other creatives here and even if I’m having an off day or feeling down on my luck with my music, the community here reminds me to keep on keeping on even when times get difficult.
I find it interesting that sometimes musicians choose to go by something other than their own name so why did you decide to go by your own name?
Well since you’ve mentioned it— Laney Lynx is actually my artist name!
Let’s talk about your newest music. What was it like putting together your new EP “Easy”? Do you remember what it felt like the first time you heard it all the way through? Did anything surprise you about the overall process of making this EP?
When the EP producer Drew ofthe Drew sent over all the final files to the EP I immediately burned them to a CD and went for a drive to listen. Nothing quite beats the driving and listening experience. When I heard it back I was all smiles. It was everything I had hoped it to be and more.
What are some your favorite tracks on “Easy”? What was the inspiration for them?
It’s pretty hard to choose a favorite. Right now I’m really digging Voices but last week I may have said Easy or Getaway! The overall inspiration behind all the songs are my memories.
What do you think makes for an ideal show for you? What has been a favorite performance of yours so far? Do you have any upcoming shows this summer?
An ideal show for me is when I see people in the audience really having a good time. At the end of the day- it’s not about me, it’s about them. My favorite performance thus far has been my EP release show last month at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn- I have acoustic performances happening throughout August and will be having another full band show in September!
We are currently living through a very trying and politically charged time right now so I am curious to know how your own music is reflecting this time period? If you don’t think it is, why is that? Would you say that other musicians are making music that has been influenced by this climate?
It’s true, we are. Personally my music at the moment does not reflect this time period but perhaps in the future it will. As a developing artist and having just released my first EP, I’m still in the process of really figuring myself out. While being out at shows here in NY I’ve definitely encountered some inspiring politically charged performances.
What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all?
It’s SO hard to stay up to date with the social accounts! I’ve never been one to be hooked on my phone and I don’t feel strange leaving my phone at home some days. With that being said though, my go-to favorite platform is Instagram. If I post anything it’s always there first!
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely still love to work with in the future?
Some of my favorite artists right now are Troye Sivan, Dua Lipa, Jess Glynne, Bulow, Sza, Fickle Friends and Vulfpeck. Artists that I’ve always loved since I first heard them to today have been Fleetwood Mac, Whitney Houston, Pink, Sam Smith and John Mayer…they can do no wrong in my eyes. In the future I’d love to work with Troye Sivan or Dua Lipa.
If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island forever, what musical item would you take with you and why?
I would definitely take the acoustic guitar. I’d be able to write thousands of songs by the oceanside. It’s all I really ever want to do anyways so it doesn’t sound too terrible!
If your music was going to be featured on any TV show that is currently on right now, which would you love it to be on? Or if you prefer, what is a movie that you love that you wish your music was featured in?
It would legit be super cool to have any of my songs on something like Riverdale- I grew up watching teen shows like that- it would be a full circle moment for sure.
At the end of the day, what do you hope your fans take away from your music?
I hope people who listen can hear the longing, playfulness and sincerity. I hope it takes them back to memories of their own.
Where can our readers connect with you?
On the Web www.LaneyLynx.com
Lots of love. Thank you so much!
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