INTERVIEW: Lauren Waller

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

Hello! I’ve been really well these past few months.  I’m just coming off of graduating from college this past spring and adjusting to life without school.  I’m a person who likes to keep busy so I’ve been trying to keep it that way. I have been working on writing new music.  Right now I’m really trying to grow as a songwriter.

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

“What If” was actually the first song written for my latest EP. It set the tone for the rest of the songs that would be written.  I think it’s just a really cool track that vibes well.  It’s about a failed relationship and every question that you can be left with at the end of a relationship.  The song is about blame as well, but if you really listen to the lyrics you can see it’s both parties fault.  Of course, the chorus puts the blame on the other party.  “Why did YOU walk away…” is the key line there.

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

No single event in participial made me go “I HAVE to write this song and get this story out.”  As a writer, I find myself exploring blame a lot in my songs because as a society I think that’s something we are all really focused on (which honestly, isn’t a great thing). The song is an exploration of blame I’ve felt in my relationships with other people, not about a particular event or particular relationship, but about multiple people and multiple relationships.  It’s written as if it’s one relationship because that makes the most sense for the song.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I’m starting to make plans now to create video for my music, but my main focus as of right now is still writing and working on my live show.  I would really love to make a video though as soon as I can.

The single comes off your new album No Names Here – what’s the story behind the title?

First, I wanted to come up with something that wasn’t directly from any of the songs. I struggled for a really long time to come up with a name and I actually joked for a while that it wasn’t going to have one, which put “no name” in my head.  While I was coming up with a name I kept getting suggestions from people who would keep asking me what the songs were about if they were about people they knew and I didn’t think that really mattered.  I wanted people to be able to relate to the songs on their own and put their own people into the story.  My “names” didn’t matter or apply to them and if they stopped caring about whom I was writing about, they could relate to the song more.  So that’s what led me to the final “no names here.”

How was the recording and writing process?

As I mentioned earlier, I just graduated from Pepperdine University so I was in school and working at the same time.  I started writing the songs over my summer break so that was the easy part until school started again. I had an insanely busy schedule because I was a theatre major so I had rehearsals 6 days a week at night on top of my regular class load.  I had one day off a week from classes so that’s when we would record and write.  I had two really incredible partners for this EP named Monte Malone and Ryan Benyo.  They made the process so easy and great for me. We would record a song a week on the day I had off from classes and we really just worked to knock them out.

What role does LA play in your writing?

Los Angeles is home to me.  I’ve lived in the LA area my whole life so it’s influenced me, my interactions, and the way I view the world. I was very reluctant to stay here when I went to college, I really thought that I needed a change of scenery, but I’m very happy that my parents talked me into staying.  I think living here makes for good writing.  It’s not easy, the traffic sucks, and some people can be awful, but it’s also so interesting, and dynamic, and the heart of the music scene.

What aspect of loyalty and love did you get to explore on this record?

I got to write out a lot of heartbreak.  When I write, I only ever want to be truthful.  The more honest I am, the more I gain from it.  I don’t keep journals, I write songs.  This EP was an honest look into my (usually failed) relationships and myself.  Like I mentioned earlier, “What If” is about blame and that was a common theme in this EP. “Secret Garden” was about love and the fantasy behind a person.  Every song is a different story and a different way to look at either me, or yourself.

Any plans to hit the road?

The plan for live shows is focused on the Los Angeles area right now.  Over the summer I played a few shows, to grow as an artist, I really think I need to stay and focus on LA.  I need to grow my fan base in my own backyard before I go anywhere else.

What else is happening next in Lauren Waller’s world?

I’m writing constantly, trying to better myself as a musician, and working on live shows.  In the near future there will be more shows and hopefully that music video soon.  Maybe have some more failed relationships to write about… (That’s a joke!).

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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