laye Chats About Her Debut Album, "lonesome": "It’s Really an Album of Growth for Me"
Montreal based, 23 year old alt-flavored pop singer, laye is multi-talented melting pot of sounds and styles. The multi-instrumentalist with an incredibly unique vocal style and a dark, dreamy aesthetic celebrated the release of her debut album, lonesome this summer, and just this month released another new music video for "sicker."
With her debut album under her belt and big goals for the next year, laye isn’t showing signs of slowing down any time soon, and it’s safe to say that we’ll see her back in the studio or out on the road again before we know it. In the meantime, get to know a little bit more about her below.
What first sparked your interest in the arts, poetry and eventually, music?
My interest in music was something that grew from my love of writing and singing, eventually I wanted to be able to sing about things that were coming from myself and so I focused on learning to write my own songs.
Your music and your aesthetic are definitely on the darker side of things - what drew you to this vision? What would you like your listeners to take away from it?
I think that the music itself is actually on the brighter side of things with production, (brighter than what I had initially pictured myself doing) while the topics or visuals are a bit darker. A blend of both worlds. I’m really just trying to express who I am, so aesthetically, as much as I can portray myself, the more I’m happy with my art and work. And I’d love my listeners to really just fuck with the music enough to look into who the artist is haha.
Earlier this summer, you released your new album, lonesome. It being your debut full-length, was there anything you really wanted to accomplish with the album?
Many things, and many of them I did accomplish while a lot, I had to let go of as well. Ideally an album for me would be a project that from front to back documents a specific part of my life- and this one did end up doing that but in a way that I didn’t picture. Because it was done over a few years I saw a lot of change from the older songs on it to the newer- it’s really an album of growth for me.
Were there any stories you wanted to tell or messages you wanted to convey with the album?
I mean, that’s what music is. A bunch of stories sung.
The writing and recording process for lonesome took place over a long period of time - how do you feel you’ve grown or evolved as an artist during that time?
I’m very much the same but completely different. I’ve found my voice more and how to better execute my vision, so in the future I know it’ll be more true to what I want.
You also got to work with a wide range of producers while working on the album! Did you learn any important lessons from them that you’ll take into the next EP or album?
Producers flexibility in genres and general knowledge of music is something that I want to improve for myself.
Do you have any big plans for 2019?
Hopes of touring and working on my 2020 vision and getting back in the studio.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us!
Thank you for the questions!