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INTERVIEW: Lakerama

Hi Senita and Graeme, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Senita: Pretty well, pretty busy but with all the good business.

Graeme: Yea, really good. Enjoying getting our music our there finally.

Can you talk to us more about your song “Walk” ?

S:  Walk is a tentative love song, it’s something we all do. You see so many couples walking at different stages of their situation and this song tries to embody something closer to home.

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

S: “Walk” is actually a narrative about a walk I took, in which I fell and hurt my leg for a while. The route, my companion and I took, is called “Lover’s Walk” and it was wearily trodden as we discussed life in general, having given each other a wide birth. I wanted to capture those tensions and delicacies in the lyrics and vocals, which I think comes across. It redeems falling down some stairs in a nearby derelict building pretending to be Lara Croft anyway!

G:  I stripped back the production a lot, but the sounds that are used really compliment Senita’s vocals. Sometimes having less is more and I think this track shows that.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

S: Definitely! We are actually working on a three piece music video for Contactless EP overall, which is in post production and due to release in May. “Walk” will not be part of it, I think it needs it’s own treatment and I have a pretty and creepy story boarded and drafted for it already, so we’ll get on that as soon as possible.

The single comes off your new EP Contactless – what’s the story behind the title?

S: Graeme and I live pretty far apart and all our collaborating comes at a distance- which  is good, it really gives us space to assess what we want to do when we come together. When we started the recording for this, we both agreed we wanted to explore something indiscernible and darker in what we wanted to say, which as the year went on to be the madness it was, we got a clearer picture as to. We come so far, we progress and then we become worlds apart in terms of our ideals and past ideals and consolidating them; technologically, culturally, politically…someone gets left behind. We lose touch! So this EP explores that in terms of love, self assessment and ambition, I take on the role of a migrant mother in one and ‘Just Enjoy Yourself’ explores escapism amidst it all.

How was the recording and writing process?

G: It’s a little odd because Senita and I live in different cities. Ireland is small but it still requires some planning to meet up and record. We talked about what we wanted to achieve with ‘Contactless’ but generally I’ll create some loops or a basic structure for a track then send it to Senita who will send back rough vocals and we just keep building it up from there. Then when we do meet we can record maybe 2 or 3 tracks in a sessions.

What role does Ireland plays in your music?

G:  I guess one of the advantages in living here is there isn’t a dominant scene so you can experiment with a lot of different styles and not feel out of place. I grew up listening to lots of different genres because record shops stocked everything from drum’n’bass, jazz, hip hop, house and UK Garage.

What made you want to take a darker direction?

S: When we finished with ONE EP, I think we felt comfortable we could keep performing to the pop format, so why waste time doing the same thing. I had a personally confusing and questioning year and I wanted to get into that and sort and file my mind. I think Graeme wanted to sonically take the music to other places too…

G:  I think we were both happier exploring a darker path. Overall the record is much more complete sounding.

What aspect of our era did you get to explore on this record?

S: Fallen love, budding love, anxiety and drug use, self assertion and action, societal assessment and role playing. These songs all represent some level of personal experience and wondering… I probably love “Just Enjoy Yourself” most at the moment, because as dark as we needed to express it, you need to lighten too. You need to laugh for relief, and that is what that song does for me, it came to me late and I had to insist it was the finishing piece- but it really glues the EP for me.

Any plans to hit the road?

S: Yes and no. We gigged a lot while making the record which included some gnarly supports like Princess Nokia and Taylor McFerrin. We are going to do some festival slots and work on our live set, which incorporates more visual and dance elements, like our upcoming video. When we’re ready, it’s gonna be lit, but we’re select about it for the time being!

What else is happening next in Lakerama’s world?

S: We are finalising some visuals, to be seen in May- so keep watch! We are feeling productive, so we’re gonna drive more music out and keep fresh Lakerama content flowing into your ears.

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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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