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INTERVIEW: Lyel

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

Hi VENTS! Thank you for this opportunity! 2016 has been great so far and I am excited about my 3rd single release next week and all the good stuff that is happening right now.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Shadow”?

‘Shadow’ is a song that is special to me because it describes best were I am heading with my project when it comes to sound. However I am only really finding my sound and I am excited about the material that is yet to come. ‘Shadow’ is a song about finding yourself in a very challenging time of your life and how strong you can be if you have no other choice but being strong. It is also about loyalty, friendship and unconditional love.

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

I have first time heard the previously composed song at my friends place and immediately fell for it with it’s haunting melody. It was an honour to finish and co-write this song with a bunch of great and talented people. I had been going through a challenging time this past year regarding my project and life in general so I think it was definitely part of the inspiration for the lyric but I also wanted to write something positive with the message to hold on through difficult times.

Any plans to release a video for this single?

A video is planned and I hope that I can release it within short distance from the single release, we have no specific date yet.

How has Finland and its unique music scene have influence your sound?

It almost feels as people here live slower and simply love and live for their music. It’s really all about music here and you will find great live music acts and open mic nights around almost every corner. It is just so inspiring and makes you wanna write new stuff all the time. My sound is only now really emerging and I am influenced by artists allover the globe. Finland however has left a special mark and spark on me and I would like to weave it into my music.

How was the recording and writing process?

I’ve been writing my own songs for a few years but more in the shadows. Now writing the first songs for this project has been a great learning experience were I got to co-write with a few very talented people. I am currently writing and composing by myself again and with everything I’ve learned it feels so refreshing.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

Yes, I am currently working on the songs for my debut album. I have started writing from a total new perspective with an improved songwriting and feel like I am overflowing with new ideas all the time. I can’t wait to share them with you hopefully soon!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Not yet but we expect to release during summer this year if all goes according to schedule.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely. I am approaching live opportunities and right now it looks as if Germany is going to be first on the list but it’s all in the making. I can’t wait, it’s my favourite part!

What else is happening next in Lyel’s world?

We are right now trying to get live shows for later this year booked and work on the album in the meantime. It is a very exciting, scary, hauntingly beautiful time. My dreams have never been so close and it looks as it is all taking shape right now. I try to do one step at a time and focus on the tasks at hand. I just feel so grateful and humbled for everything that is happening right now.

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