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Hi Lily, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey! I’m good.
Can you talk to us more about your single “I Don´t Know Why”?
Yea, it’s my favorite song on the EPbecause it’s so raw and honest. I wrote it with Soaky Siren and Daniel Nigro.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Numerous events. I wrote this after I was completely done with Oliver (who the EP is about) I hadn’t responded to him in months but he wouldn’t stop hitting me up. And I was on the other side of it, I saw the manipulation and I knew I was better and stronger than that, but when he hit me up it would give me this anxiety. I knew I didn’t love him but I couldn’t figure out why I had this crazy reaction to him.
How was the music video experience?
It was pretty nuts, we shot all 5 videos for the EP in 2 days. I wanted them to have a storyline, an arc. So if you go back and watch them all you can see the progression of how the real story of the EP went down. It’s subtle but its there.
The single comes off your new album Oliver – what’s the story behind the title?
I won’t actually name the guy I wrote the EP about, I’m not gonna call him out like that, partially cuz I don’t want him to call me… at all…but at one point my friend changed his name in my phone to Oliver so that I wouldn’t have to see his name come up. So that became our code name for him.
How was the recording and writing process?We wrote & cut I Don’t Know Why in one day. Dan had this guitar part he was doing and Soaky and I started writing the melody & lyric before anything went down production wise. I think that’s why the song is so real.
Did any particular struggles in your personal life get to inspire the lyrics on this record?
My songs are always inspired by my personal life in one way or another, this one was completely true to my life at the time.
Did you handpick these songwriters and what led to work with them?
I spent like 3 years just getting in with as many different writers and producers as I could. There were a few that stood out in the crowd so I write mostly with specific people now. I’ve been working with Dan for over 5 years and Soaky for over 3.
What was it like to work with a bunch of great writers and how did you work your way to not get your voice lost in the shuffle?
I just kept doing sessions, kept working with people, kept writing. As for my voice being lost in the shuffle, I try not to worry about that. Just keep doin me, making music that means something to me and hoping it will mean something to someone else.
Do you take a different approach when you write for someone else than when you write for your own?
100%. Writing for other artists is like acting in a way, you gotta get in their headspace and think how they would think. It’s cool to get to do that sometimes, and do other genres cuz I love all types of music…but when I’m writing for myself I don’t have to worry about anything, I just write about what’s going on in my life and it comes easier cuz it’s just me being real.
Any plans to hit the road?
No concrete plans, but hopefully soon.
What else is happening next in Lily Elise’s world?
Releasing another song called Circles next, along with the last video in the series and the whole Oliver EP, finally! Playing shows in LA and always making more music for the world.
Hi Kudakwashe, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? Hi, I’ve been well, thank you. …