Rising star Lavaud brings the heat to autumn with her new R&B single “Fast Lane”.
While we’re about to be experiencing milder weather as we enter autumn, singer-songwriter Lavaud is bringing the heat with her new R&B-infused single “Fast Lane”. Pushing the boundaries of R&B, the singer sensually rides a single bassline on the track, while decorating it with ear-worming harmonies and adlibs. Taking us to Jamaica for the accompanying video, the singer shares her intimate moments with her partner while driving around a serene landscape.
“Fast Lane is about freedom,” Lavaud explains. “Exploring and pushing the boundaries of intimacy, and letting go of all your fears and reservations for that special one whose captivated you. It’s about having fun, being careless and experiencing the joys of spontaneous romance, and where it unknowingly leads. This track focuses on what really matters. Living and being in the moment, something I try to live and breathe every day”
Catching up with us digitally, the artist gets candid on the filming and production process, staying creative and what the future holds.
Check out the video and interview below…
Hey Lavaud! How are you?
I’m very well thank you. Enjoying the sunshine right now in London, and I’m excited to be featured in Wonderland, it’s a dream come true, I’ve been reading this magazine for years.
How has this past year been for you?
The past year has truly been a blessing. I can’t complain. Even at the beginning of the year in lockdown, it was nice to reflect and get ready for the EP “King
Vaud” that just dropped in May. It’s been a beautiful journey this year. God has been good. I’m grateful for the milestones I’ve reached in my career so far. I’m just ready to make more music, travel and perform. The future excites me!
How did you first get into music?
My Dad was playing the guitar in church on the stage when I was 5 years old. I ran up to him and he gave me the mic and now here we are lol. Growing up I would watch him play different instruments in the house and play at festivals in his Mauritian Sega Band “Cyclone”. I honestly just fell in love with music, and knew I wanted to sing from a young age.
What sparked your interest?
There are so many moments from my childhood I could pick from that sparked my love for music. I remember my mum used to take me to theatre productions, which added fuel to my desire of touching the stage and performing. Also, listening to greats such as Michael Jackson, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston from a young age would deepen my inspiration, drive and passion to make music.
You dropped your debut EP ‘King Vaud’ back in May, which has over 3 million streams and support from various platforms, how does this make you feel?
It’s truly a proud moment. I’m so thankful to everyone that has streamed the EP and still vibing to the music. The feedback has been emotional, I still can’t believe it. To accomplish over 3 million streams on my debut project, I’m floored at the support and outpour of love. I’m thankful to my team and family for the support they’ve given me whilst making this project. It’s my baby. Keep streaming guys, it’s a good time for sure.
And now you’ve just dropped your new single “Fast Lane”, talk us through the production process and your inspiration behind the track?
The inspiration for “Fast Lane” literally came from a picture that gave me nostalgic memories of my time in LA. It was 2016, the image was of a silhouette of me standing in the middle of Downtown LA in front of an old theatre, surrounded by neon city lights rocking an oversized bomber jacket, joggers and heels. This was a time in my life where I was living in my own fast lane. Travelling, falling in love and not knowing what tomorrow would bring. I remember describing this feeling to my friend and the track’s producer and right there he played the bassline for the track. The hook came next and before you know it we made “Fast Lane”. I fell in love with it immediately, it truly represents a moment in time for me. It was magic and I’m so happy that we finally get to share it with the world.
The video is absolutely stunning, what made you want to shoot it in Jamaica?
I felt like Jamaica had the right feel and mood for it. The sunset with the holiday romance vibe embodied the theme I wanted to portray in the video. I’m an island girl too, so naturally, I just love the energy, vibration and spirit of the island. It reminded me of back home Mauritius, I just knew we had to shoot in Jamaica.
Looking back on the filming process, what was your favourite moment?
Hanging out of the car window with my arms carelessly swaying, feeling the breeze as the car was speeding and doing doughnuts. I just love an adrenaline rush.
What do you want people to take away from your music?
I want people to hear my stories, passion and what moves me. I want them to be able to relate and also draw inspiration from it. I want people to dance, feel free and be moved by my sound. I want people to feel empowered. I want to create music that ignites desire and leaves a legacy.
What is next for you?
I plan to head to LA soon and work on my next project. I look forward to collaborating with more producers and songwriters, more adventures and wild nights
that will continue to inspire my musical journey.
What are you most excited for?
Performing at future festivals. Get me on that stage now!