Hi, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Yooo! I’m doing great, thank you for having me!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “WILA”?
Yeah, of course, what would you like to know?
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
So, it’s kind of a cool story. I was kicking back listening to the Starboy album, the one by the Weeknd, and it gave me this crazy nostalgia about when I first move to LA back last year, cause that was like one of the only albums I was really bumping at the time. And it really brought me back to certain events and circumstances that eventually led me to take on the music industry. The joy, the heartbreak, the pain, it all came back to me at once. And the next thing I knew I was sitting up in the studio finding a beat and putting words to the feelings. And it came out as pretty much a perfect timeline of what I went through coming up as an artist in Los Angeles. Going from a down girl who would ride with me through anything, to her becoming “plastic” as she got more and more obsessed with the fast life, to me moving on from here and seeking new pleasures that I thought would bring me happiness. And it all comes to a head when my good friend and feature Jaxon Rose just basically proclaims at the end of his verse that all the stuff that goes on in this superficial city will never result in love or anything meaningful, you’ll just be lost if you don’t go back to your old ways. Super special song of mine, one with a lot of meaning and I hope everyone that listens can derive their own meanings and relate in some way.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I don’t have a video planned for WILA, but my next single ‘Friends’ will be accompanied by a vid!
How was the recording and writing process?
When I record I really try to align the mood of my surroundings with the mood of the song if that makes sense. So for WILA, which was more of a dark, vibe song, it was just me and an engineer at like 2 AM with just a few red LED lights trying to get the mix and vocals perfect. However, for my new song ‘Friends’ which will be released later in August, I threw like a full on party in the studio, just to keep the mood and the feeling light and jumpy, like how I would want someone to feel just walking down the street bumping the music.
What was it like to work with Jaxon Rose and what did he bring to the table?
Bro, Jaxon has been one of my best friends for years now. We had done some songs together before, but nothing on the level of WILA. He has such a naturally great voice and is a hella creative guy. He brings that Houston swag to the table every session.
How much did he influence the song?
A lot. Mostly because we kicked it a ton during my first year in LA. He kind of showed me the ropes as a newcomer. So we went through a lot of the same things.
Why did you choose to release standalone singles rather than a record?
I think I chose to do singles to build up suspense and demand for the entire tape. I want to make sure people are able to take in the music and get to know L.A. Freshman before I just drop a tape on their heads. I think the music is as much about the artist as it is about the songs.
Any tentative release date or title in mind for the next one?
Around the end of August.
Any plans to hit the road?
Man, my #1 goal is to get on the stage and start turning crowds up as soon as possible. I think all music pretty much derived from live performance, and I can’t wait to get on stage. I want to model it sort of after The Weeknd’s performances, just a band and myself. I want people to feel the music with no distractions and just fall in love with it.
What else is happening next in LAFRESHMAN’s world?
I’ve pretty much just been reading a lot of books about the music biz. My ultimate plan at the pinnacle of all of this is to start my own record label and be able to help young artists with really good music. I think it’s about time to bring back the old days when the lyrics in a song actually meant something and have a beautiful meaning behind it. One of my favorite artists of all time is Tupac. But in order to do that someone needs to take the lead and start making real meaningful shit themselves. I want my music to be filled with intellectually stunning flows, melodies, and lyrics. So that’s the biggest thing on my agenda right now is to read and figure out the steps I need to take in order to start my own label.
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