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INTERVIEW: Leena Ojala

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

I am good and thanks for taking interest in my world! I am so happy with my ‘Little Place’ video and track release – it seemed like a long time coming.

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

‘Little Place’ is a song about a major transition in one’s life. You feel elated one minute by the new experiences and down another minute when things don’t go to script. That’s when you look back to what you had and miss the old. And then you discover more new things and just move on.

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

I started a college in London when I was 16 and moved there a year later. London was exciting, scary and wonderful all at the same time. To gain all that excitement, you are giving up a lot of personal space. I love London but I was pretty overwhelmed at first. ‘Little Place’ has all those emotions I went through at that time. I actually wrote down the lyrical idea around that time, but it became a song late last year as I felt I came up with the right melodies for it.

How was the film experience?

Aella Jordan-Edge did my previous video ‘Why’ and I really wanted her to do the ‘Little Place’ as well. But she was in New York and wasn’t due back until May so we agreed that she’ll shoot the video in NYC and I won’t feature in it. Aella had a similar ‘little place’ experience to mine around the same time in her life and she just took those emotions and created her magic. She is so creative and talented!

How was the recording and writing process?

I had the lyrical idea filed away, but when I came up with the chorus melody for ‘Little Place’ just through improvising for another track, I just knew the melody would go with the ‘little place’ theme. I did the production of a demo track at home and spoke with a couple of producers about it before going with Benbrick.

What was it like to work with Benbrick and how did that relationship develop?

‘Little Place’ came together really quickly. We worked really well together and had two tracks ready for mastering in just a week. The other track we did is a cover which I’ll release around June I think.

How has NYC influenced your music?

As said before, I wasn’t there but would really love to go and say hi and thank you to all the lovely people who made the brilliant video!

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

I intend to drop new music at a rate of one a month until the end of the year. Releasing the EP1 taught me that it is sometimes better to do single releases rather than releasing a full EP with new material. That’s why I rather do monthly single releases – I will release an experimental track soon as well.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I was thinking of naming my second EP simply as EP2, but I am kind of rethinking that. It will probably come out around October.

Any plans to hit the road?

I will be doing more gigs as well with my electronic band in which I focus on vocals only, and I am also doing a stripped-back acoustic set with two other guys. I get to play the guitar again, which I really missed! I am always looking for opportunities to perform, so pass on the word!

What else is happening next in Leena Ojala’s world?

I am releasing my track ‘Poison Words’ very shortly with a remix by Paul Gilmore coming out at the same time. I also have a video of ‘Your Tears’ coming out soon since I felt it was left buried in EP1 as the second track. I want the story of that song to come out. I am also collaborating with a number of people, which was one of my major targets for this year.

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