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INTERVIEW: Love You Later

Hi Lexi, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Howdy! Happy to be here, thanks for having me. I’ve been great! Soaking up all of summer here in Southern California with my family before I head back to Nashville. Music wise, I’ve been working on music and putting together some shows which I’m stoked for.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Jokes On You“?

Jokes on You is basically about a girl who is tired of being pushed around by one of her ex – lovers. He’s moved on to another – ’the girl that she warned him about’ – but secretly he knows she’s no good for him, he just doesn’t want to feel alone. So whenever him and the current girl have a falling out, he calls his ‘ex girl’ and begs for forgiveness and essentially uses her to fill a void. Naturally, the girl feels confused and used, and she won’t let him push her around anymore…so she decides that from now on when he calls, she’s not going to answer. This time, the jokes on him.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

There wasn’t really a specific incident that happened. ‘Jokes On You’ is kind of just a “tribute” to any guy that’s hurt me. Lol, don’t want to throw shade but I guess you have to sometimes. I think everyone can relate to this song in some way and that’s really why I released it – and why I release all of my music. I want people to connect with me and others through my music.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

No plans for a video for “Jokes On You,” however I’ve been thinking about a video for one of the new songs off the EP but we’ll see 🙂

The single comes off your new album How Many Nights Do You Dance With Tears In Your Eyes – what’s the story behind the title?

I’ve always been inspired anything 80’s and cinematic with bright colors. So one night I was sitting on my bed writing a sad song (like usual) and I dreamt up a specific scenario where I thought I’d be happiest in that moment – and I came up with a disco themed 80’s prom and wrote the song from that scenario in my head. And then from there, I decided to make that the title track on the EP because even though the lyrics are sad, it made me feel something – and I genuinely hope that it has that same effect on people when they hear it for the first time.

How was the recording and writing process?

I write most of my songs myself, and I’ve been working on the songs for this EP for about a year now, trying to make sure they’re as perfect as I can make them without making them seem too perfect if that makes sense – I cherish authenticity.

My good friend, Jordie and I record out of his garage. Jordie is super talented at just about anything musical and comes up with all of the cool guitar riffs and synth parts that I never would’ve thought of. And recording with him is a really chill and enjoyable process. Sometimes just being in a studio with a producer I’ve never met stresses me out. Especially since my music is so chill, it’s important to me that I genuinely feel relaxed while I’m recording because people really pick up on that, you know? It’s kinda like being able to tell what someone’s feeling just by hearing their voice over the phone. So it’s nice being able to just hang out with Jordie and make music along the way.

After each success do you archive – does that get you any nervous while putting a new material or rather encourage you to do greater things?

I really am just excited to keep putting out music for as long as I get a chance to. I have no expectations for this EP other than to have people tell me they felt some emotion; good or bad. So I’m really not nervous about releasing it or anything new, just excited to share it with the world even if that means one or two people who connect with my music.

What role does LA play in your music?

I have a love hate relationship with LA. The weather is always amazing and being right by the beach is such a good feeling that you can’t get anywhere else – and all my life I’ve taken it for granted. But Lost in Los Angeles is really the only song that’s based off of LA and it’s mainly just a metaphor about how I don’t feel at home even though it is home. There’s always been a lack of authenticity here, but it’s made me realize that’s something I love. Which is why I’m moving back to Nashville because it’s completely different there. Nevertheless, LA will always be apart of me and inspires my vibey sounds that make you want to drive on PCH.

What aspect of joy and sadness did you get to explore on this record?

I get to explore joy in ‘Jokes On You’ because it’s really a song about feeling free that you don’t have to be strapped down by that boy you realized was psycho lol. I wish I could say more songs are ‘happy’ on the EP, but that wouldn’t be honest, but to me that’s okay. We all go through seasons and sometimes the sad songs are what people can relate to. And even though they’re all pretty sad, I think some of them have a “dancey” happy feel. No one’s telling you can’t be sad and dance at the same time.

Any plans to hit the road?

-Oh yes, 100%. Just waiting until I release this EP and then going to figure out something whether it’s opening on a tour or headlining – we’ll see. I think for where I’m at right now, opening would be the most fun. That would give me a chance to meet people that are hearing my music for the first time, so that would be pretty special.

What else is happening next in Love You Later’s world?

My EP ‘How Many Nights Do You Dance With Tears In Your Eyes?’ comes out July 20th and I am so beyond thrilled for the world to hear it – it features all 3 of the songs already out along with 2 brand new ones. I am proud of this EP because it’s 100% genuinely me, and I want people to dance to it, cry to it, sing to it at the top of their lungs with their lovers or best friends. I believe that’s what music is all about – to help you connect deeper with your emotions and people you love.

I’m also working on playing more live shows and a music video may or may not be in the works – you’ll just have to wait and see 🙂

Instagram: @heyloveyoulater

Twitter: @heyloveyoulater

SoundCloud: https://.soundcloud.com/loveyoulater

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/2qRLOvYqp2s9EnI3LfzqiF

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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