Hi Leila, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you! Pretty freakin’ phenomenal 🙂
Can you talk to us more about your song “Forever Young”?
Of course! It’s my 2nd single, it’s a story about a boy I was falling for and kept calling all my friends about. I wrote it into a song and here we are. 🙂
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
Definitely. There was a period of my life where I stopped dating altogether, I had been burned by love and signed off on wanting to feel that way again. This song was about a boy who reawakened desire in me. There’s something about love that makes you feel adventurous, blissful, fearless, and young. We had gone with a group of friends to a party in Santa Monica, he asked me if I wanted to sneak away and go on a walk with him and we ended up going to one of the life guard towers on the sand. He was from a different country and he kept singing all of my favorite childhood songs in his native language and trying to teach me. The Santa Monica pier is normally super crowded but it was around 3am and no one was around so we decided to see if we could lie down under the street light before any cars came – hence the line, ‘kissed you under the street light just to see what it felt like’
Any plans to release a video for the track?
Yes! We actually filmed the music video for it at the Santa Monica Pier which felt very full circle and fun. The video drops on Friday, January 26th 🙂
How was the recording and writing process?
Amazing! My producer and I wrote, produced and recorded the demo for it in about 4 hours. My producer used to joke that I had a strong case of demo love because I was immediately obsessed with the song, everything just fit.
What role does LA play in your music?
LA is home for me. I moved out in April and swore off music for 6 months thinking that I had given it my best shot and that it was time to move on. Over the course of those 6 months I met my producer, rekindled my hope, and fell back in love with this city. Its where my heart is and I’m happy to be back 🙂
Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
Yes! Music consumption culture has changed a bit but we have a series of singles lined up to be released every month from now through summer. So excited!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Forever Young released this Friday, the Remix comes out February 9th. 🙂
Any plans to hit the road?
That’s the pipe dream! Currently trying to build a team to help create that plan with.
What else is happening next in Leila Pari’s world?
Music is my world right now and I’m grateful for that. So far everything we’ve been blessed to create has been as a result of my producer & I believing in this and working to make it happen. Next step is to start forming a team to help take the vision to the next level.