Talking to the master of “night driving chill-pop”.
Growing up in a small picturesque town in Denmark, Skylar Fri has always longed for something better. Eventually moving to London, she found her own path, in not only just life but also her music. Finding her own distinct sound, Skylar is crafting her unique vision of pop music with captivating hooks and hypnotically beautiful vocals.
Releasing her incredible EP, “Lying Land”, earlier this year, Skylar is redefining pop music with the three stunning tracks that appear. Eager to find out about the brains behind the songwriting, we sat down with Skylar to find out all about her.
Hey Skylar, how are you?
Hey! I’m really great thanks!
When did you first fall in love with music?
I must have been about 8 years old and my much older sister had just got her driving licence. She took me on a ride in our parents car by the beach road close to where we grew up and The Cardigans “Erase / Rewind” was on the radio. I became obsessed with that song and learning the piano chords for it. After that I never practised my classical piano much anymore. I just wanted to write my own little tunes.
What song could you play on repeat for the rest of your life?
Donna Lewis “I Love You Always Forever”… That song gets into my nervous system and makes me wanna get in a car and just drive and dream.
If you had to describe your “sound” in three words, what would they be?
My co-producer and I always call it “Night Driving Chill-pop” for our own inspiration… and whenever I get a little too happy sounding when we’re recording vocals, he says “get back in that car Sky”’ Crazy how imagination can influence how we express ourselves.
One of your tracks, “Better”, deals with the loneliness and isolation of living in a small town, whilst dreaming of a bigger city. Could you tell us a bit more about this?
I grew up in a small town in Denmark near the coast and despite its beauty and safety it can also be a very isolating place when you’re growing up. It’s got such a pretty surface but so many things bubbling underneath. My close group of friends all had different aspirations to leave our little town behind so we hung out in the local quarry a lot, our free space, and brewed big dreams about heading to the city after we finished our A-levels. Some moved to Copenhagen, some to L.A. and others to London, like me… But some went back shortly after and found happiness and peace back home. “Better” is actually more referring to the present time, the time after we moved away. You head out into that big world with massive dreams and plans and you realise after a while that life will do what it wants to do and it’s very hard to plan anything and have 100% control. You also realise how a map full of detours and disruptions sometimes leads us to a place we never imagined would actually turn out to be better for us.
It’s from your EP “Lying Land”. What can you tell us about it?
It’s 3 songs to go driving into the night to!
What song on the EP are you most looking forward to people hearing?
I don’t have a favourite, I feel like they all say a similar thing in different ways and I’m really just excited about whether they connect with people and can make people feel something. That’s the most important thing for me.
What have you got lined up after the EP release?
I’m just finalising my next release, which will be out soon after this first EP! Really excited to get more music out there!
Any celebrations planned?
We already celebrated this EP in the studio the day when we finalised the work on it. We were happy to finish it because it meant we could move onto the next one, which is always exciting.