Female recording artist and New York native, LP, recently released two new singles. The first, entitled “Muddy Waters” and the second “Lost On You.” Both of the tracks are off of her upcoming full-length set to be released in early 2016. LP has developed her own unique sound, influenced early on by artists such as Jeff Buckley, Kurt Cobain, Joni Mitchell, and Jim Morrison. She is currently signed to Vagrant Records and has performed on shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the Late Show with David Letterman. Learn more about LP and the new record from her responses and be sure to check out her live session below.
How would you describe your music to others?
You know that question fucks me up always when even a friend asks…I do not know for certain but I feel like it’s a mixture of rock and roll, folk, opera, pop and classic torch.
Who and what influences your music? Why?
My mood and who I’m sleeping with usually.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I like to hang with friends and have a good drink. On the healthier side, I like to do some yoga and meditate. Helps to figure myself out a bit more.
How would you describe your writing process?
It varies. Again, my mood often dictates how it goes down. I collect snippets of melody, chord progressions, lyrics and titles all the time. So I’m constantly mushing them together and throwing them in during collaborations or just building over time. I also write to tracks as well (top line vibe).
From start to finish, how long did it take to create the new record?
Well, a good portion of them actually popped out quick from the summer through the fall of 2014. I’ve been writing all this year as well, but that time was a bit of a windfall of emotion.
Can you talk about the inspiration behind “Muddy Waters” and “Lost On You?”
It’s basically all about the confusion and ultimate devastation that accompanies a bad breakup. “Muddy Waters” addressed the confusion, but at a time when I wrote this song, I was so confused, I didn’t even know what I was confused about. “Lost On You” is more of a pleading song. When I listen to it now, it brings me back to how bummed I was.
Do you play covers at practices or shows? If so, which ones are your favorites?
Yeah, I’ve been covering “Going to California” and “Witchcraft” lately.
Do you have any favorite venues or cities?
I do not know, I mean I love playing in Canada. The West Coast has been really good to me too. The Troubadour in LA is a cool legendary place. I love playing any show in a church. I played one at SXSW one year and it was just the best.
Can you describe one of your favorite concerts?
I think it was probably an ACL festival gig. It was an amazing music loving crowd in one of the most major music towns there is. There were like 5,000 people and I just felt connected to all of them, which always feels good. I have some great memories of some Canadian festivals as well, like Edmonton Blues fest and Ottawa.
What do you typically do post-gig?
I talk to fans for a good while since that’s the reason I’m there.
What image do you think your music conveys?
I don’t really know, but I hope that it makes people feel less alone and moved in some way.
What has been one of your biggest challenges as an artist?
What has been your funniest or craziest fan/show experience?
I don’t think I have anything too crazy to report, except for a boob signing here and there; and sometimes when someone has me sign their body, they get it tattooed on them. I’m always like wow…..!
What is something odd you want fans to know about you?
Geez I do not know … I only wear socks with dead Russian writers on them? That’s it.
What can we expect from LP in the coming months?
More songs coming out, an EP and a bunch of touring. Hope to see you all out there. 🙂