INTERVIEW: Leilani Wolfgramm
Can you talk to us more about your new single “Live Wire”?
The song is a sarcastic look at human nature. It talks about the social state of the world as I see it glorifying the most superficial materialistic narcissistic parts of ourselves.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
What inspired me to write the song was being at a club and noticing a group of girls take pictures of themselves literally the entire night adjusting their tops to show more cleavage snap chatting themselves lip syncing and never talking to each other…other than to look and edit photos. They look so proud, as if they don’t realize how dumb this is. Is this what I do? Is this what I look like? Am I enjoying myself or creating a picture perfect lie for the world?
Any plans to release a video for the single?
A video isn’t out of the question maybe if we come up with something dope…Every concept Ive come up with thus far is a little on the nose.
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
It seemed Like the honest name for an album written about my life. All the turns life took after losing my dad. He was killed by a live wire. I found him Electrocuted in the backyard.
How was the recording and writing process?
I don’t talk about how I feel but I write about it. The process felt natural. It’s easy writing about my problems bc I have so fucking many of them. I wanted the album to feel like lightning Beautiful and terrifying Strikingly tragic. it is therapeutic to put it all out there… live wire is troubling but hopeful… I hope I see my dad again I hope I get my shit together.
What was it like to work with Fredro Odesjo and Joshua Sadlier-Brown? How did those relationships develop?
I think mutual respect between artist and producer matters the most. They showed me they fucked with me for real by giving me a real banger of a track instead of some throw away track other producer would give to an unknown artist. This was the first trip to NY that I felt like I had done something truly inspired and productive. They weren’t interested in my followers but my skill as a writer and singer. It was so easy writing live wire probably took me 30 minutes We recorded the entire thing in a matter of hours.
How much did they influence the album?
They influenced the album by setting the bar. Setting the mood and Changing my standard.
Does acting influences your music and the other way around?
I learned to act first I think we all do. Mimicking our parents as babies. Learning what actions get what responses and acting out the characters we’ve created. The songs are a lot more like dissecting tinkering. Taking apart the masks that we wear and analyzing them… trying to make sense of the actions or the “acting”.
A more simple response would be I have to live the story before I can write about it.
What dark and other taboos did you get to explore on this record?
The album talks about addiction, abuse, and mental illness.
Any plans to hit the road?
Nationwide Tour with The Greeb Jan 5- Feb 10th.
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