The internationally-famed singer talks her Westworld-inspired music video, her first live album, and all the new music she is due to bless us with.
Internationally-famed singer LP has us taking a trip down the old town road with her new country-tinged single “The One That You Love”. With her timeless vocals and intricate melodies, LP combines her modern attitude and introspective lyricism for a thumping tune. Accompanied by a cinematic video filmed in Simi Valley, LP’s new tune has already racked an impressive five million views on YouTube and over three million streams on Spotify alone.
Speaking on the single, the singer said, “On my new single, ‘The One That You Love’, I feel like I allowed myself to conjure up all of the genres I love and just let it rip, wild-style, as usual. The melody flew out as if already written – all my favourite songs I’ve written have been like this.”
With more new music on the way, we caught up with the singer talking the new single, new music and what’s next.
Check out the interview below….
How has lockdown been treating you and has it changed your outlook on your music or your creativity?
It hasn’t changed my outlook on music really that much, but it’s definitely been a creative time. It’s been very inspiring…I don’t know what could be more inspiring than a worldwide experience that everyone is dealing with. My thing is connection and I feel like for good or bad, we’ve never been more connected.
“The One That You Love” – what was it inspired by?
It’s inspired by my infatuation with relationships and the state of the union as far as relationships go…like where are we now? We are rounding suspicion and distrust at this corner! It’s about always checking in, what are we doing here? Am I happy with it? Are you happy with it? I wouldn’t say we’re as good as our last fuck but why not…there I said it. I’m just wondering as much as everybody else and I think people can relate to that. How many times have you heard someone be like, we were together for ten years and then suddenly boom – that person was like I don’t know if I was ever really in love? It really happens.
The video has this cool Westworld-esque theme – how did you come up with the idea for it and what did you want to convey?
It’s funny that you say Westworld because it’s actually where they filmed it which was amazing. If you watch Westworld, the barn that I’m in in part of the video is the famous barn where unspeakable things happen on the show. There’s something very open and interpretive about that space…where am I going, what am I doing, why am I there? It’s exploring the expanse of my own mind and situation. I wouldn’t usually draw a parallel to it, but you’ve said it so…Westworld is a game of the mind and that’s life in general and most of my songs are about just that. Where are you sitting in terms of your perception of the situation. I’m a very emotional person, so I can definitely see a difference in what is going on in my life by how I’m interpreting my current situation and it works for me through writing songs. I could write a song about a perfectly good relationship gone bad or vice versa.
And it was shot during lockdown – what were the biggest challenges in crafting it during such uncertain times?
Just trying to feel cool with looking at people wearing masks and you’re trying to sing and you’re the only person not wearing one, mouthing the words to a song. It must be even harder to film a sex scene now, instead of just forty guys around a bed filming you, you’ve forty guys with masks on around the bed filming you – just an added extra silliness to the whole thing. It was just more hoops to jump through in terms of what had to happen. Darren Craig, the director, did all the right things and it ran very smoothly and the crew and everybody was great. And we got that great mind fuck Westworld thing going on, it was great.
How do you think your music has changed from when you first started out? Lyrically or production-wise?
I think it’s become more uniquely me in a way. I feel like we’ve managed to blur the genre even more than it’s been. That’s one thing I’ve been proud of. I would say I’m a pop artist in a way but I’m not. I like that with each record I have a harder time describing what my music is, which I like. Not from some douche place, but just like I don’t know what to tell people. If someone hasn’t heard of me, it’s hard for me to go well it’s this…because there are a lot of different elements and I’m happy with that. I didn’t know it was my goal, until it was. On this record that I have coming out its going to be even more like huh… okay. What is this?!
You released your first live album earlier this summer – what made you want to give fans another dimension of your music?
I think every artist wants that exotic sounding live record. It’s for people who know it. There’s that famous Cheap Trick one that’s live in Budokan and I thought like wow how cool is that, I don’t even know where Budokan is…at the time. It’s just fun. We listened to a few shows but felt like the live in Moscow one felt like fun and I’d had a lot of good shows there, so I knew what to expect in a way. It felt like the right move and perfect timing to give people a nicely mixed version of a show.
And you include covers from Kings of Leon and the Rolling Stones – how did you go about incorporating your style and that of musical heroes together?
I sit down with the Musical Director before the tours and go on feelings. Making lists of songs…figure out what you feel like when you’re singing those songs. With the Rolling Stones song, it was about having this Mick Jagger moment. I think when you see one of my shows for first time, it’s like a rock show – I’m wailing and belting the whole time in your face. It has a rock n roll element to it, and I wanted to get that across and that was part of the decision of choosing a current rock act and a retro rock act.
And you did a Virtual World Tour – what was the experience of that like vs the energy of a live show?
It was difficult I have to say. I’ve said this to a couple of people. I would be dubious if someone said to me let me film the first night of your tour when you get back to it in 9 months – it felt very exposed to be honest. I look forward to doing more but it was as live for me as it was for people. It was palpable for me. I feel like I could have done better, but that’s live music you never know.
What’s next for you? What are you looking forward to in 2020?
The next bottle of wine! Just try, as you guys say, keep calm and carry on. I’ve been kind of prepared for this. I’m used to having these bouts of having to wait. Even just in my career, there are so many times I can recall where I’ve had to wait…to get out there, to wait to see if I got on a label, to wait and see if they’re going to release something properly – all these different things. So, I feel like I have this staying power. I’m just trying to keep inspired, keep writing. I’ve learnt that you never know where it’s going to go, so just stay in the present and get ready for the storm. I know things will get back, so staying positive is my goal.